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Famous Last Words, Fond Farewells, Deathbed Diatribes, and Exclamations Upon Expiration Hardcover – September 5, 2003
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I leave the book on my bookshelf in my office (with the cover facing up) and people are always coming over and paging through it. It makes a great conversation piece.
It is bound nicely, with a faux leather end piece, and a solid and "weathered looking" cover piece. It would not look out of place in any nice library.
I opened it in a bookstore as a joke, but was quickly drawn in to the characters and quotes within.
Some examples of those listed:
Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson
Sir Walter Raleigh
John Wilkes Booth
It does not just consist of quotes. Typically there is a quote and then a paragraph to a page description putting the quote in context. This makes it a lot more interesting.
One note: not all the quotes are "deathbed" quotes. Some examples, like that of Lou Gehrig, and Douglas McArthur are the last public speech they ever gave, often alluding to their impending exit on the world stage.
It is fair to say these last words could even prove to be life changing for readers. It made me think "What do I want to say in my final moments?"
Some of my favorites include Seattle Slew's last words, Yes, apparently the race horse spoke to his trainer, Mickey Taylor... saying "You get on with your life. I've got to go." I believe it. My dogs and cat speak to me... so who am I to wonder about Seattle Slew's words?
George Bernard Shaw spoke some very dramatic words as he met his demise, not surprising being the dramatist that he was in life. I was touched by the calming words spoken to loved ones, the profound like that from Thomas Alva Edison and the requests made such as the one by Edgar Degas.
I don't want to give their words away - you will find many more treasures if you hold this gem in your hand and thumb through it yourself.
The mini - biographies under the final words are enlightening and enjoyable as well.
This simple book.... Are the words all true? Perhaps. Are they intriguing? Yes. Are they life changing? Hopefully. Enjoy!
My favorite quote, (which I might "borrow" for my grave stone read "I should have drank more champagne."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good hardback book, very good small gift for any historian lover of quotes.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of those books that I bought on a whim, and was very pleasantly surprised. Its a great book to leave lying around, to be picked up and perused at random..... Read morePublished 12 months ago by DT Willows
Daughter bought this book during a field trip to the Freedom Trail in Boston but she left it on the bus and another student stole it before she realized her mistake. Read morePublished 14 months ago by L. Denning
A nice little book suitable for gift giving, which was my purpose in purchasing. Just right.Published 18 months ago by Deborah S. Mchugh
Super cool, super interesting, but full of a lot of people nobody cares about. still super cool.Published 22 months ago by Paige