With a New Preface on the End of the World
Charles Panati, America's favorite gatherer of origins, now offers the last word on how people, places, and things of all sorts have met their ends through the centuries. From famous presidents to frightening epidemics, from ancient extinctions to vanished vogues, from bizarre last wills to the death styles of the rich and renowned, The Browser's Book of Endings presents the amusing, the surprising, and the generally little-known stories behind the terminations of practically everything and everybody. Illustrated with more than 100 drawings, diagrams, and archival photographs, with an extensive reference list and index, this is the most readable and complete compendium of deliciously trivial and profound facts about history's endings.
1. What were Oscar Wilde's last words?
2. What caused the extinction of the Dodo bird?
3. How did Belle Starr meet her death?
4. Who was the last great castrata (castrated male soprano singer)?
5. When was drawing and quartering banned in England?
Answers: 1. "I am dying as I've lived: beyond my means." 2. Introduction of Dutch colonials and their animals to Mauritius. 3. Ambushed and shot twice by her son and sometime lover. 4. Giovanni Velluti (1780-1761). 5. 1870.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Charles Panati, a former physicist and science editor of Newsweek, is the author of fourteen books. He lives in West Sayville, New York.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Penguin Books, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX014028690X
Book Description Penguin Books, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11014028690X
Book Description Penguin Books 1999-12-01, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 014028690X We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Bookseller Inventory # TM-014028690X
Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97801402869081.0