- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: Simon and Schuster (1988)
- ASIN: B004HKVHXI
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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THEY WENT THAT - A - WAY: HOW THE FAMOUS, THE INFAMOUS, AND THE GREAT DIED
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From the dust-jacket flap:
"Here, for your entrancement and enlightenment, are exits made by 175 people famous during the past 3,000 years".
The book covers people from John Jacob Astor IV to 'Mama' Cass Elliot and Ivan the Terrible to Virginia Woolf. Don't know who the person was? Forbes does briefly discuss how the person became famous (or infamous) and sometimes adds in some deliciously odd twists that occurred during the person's life. He then, of course, tells you about their (often) bizarre or ironic deaths.
Forbes speaks in language that is colorful and he keeps you so interested that you want to read it from front to back even though you could really pick up the book and turn to any page to learn something that you didn't know before. I enjoyed it immensely.
Malcolm Forbes is the editor-in-chief of `Forbes' magazine. He served in the US Army during WW II and earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Jeff Bloch is writer and former reporter for `Forbes' magazine. This 329 page book from 1988 provides a short account of the death of 175 people who were famous for one reason or another over the last 3,000 years. Why should you read this book? For the same reason you browse the weekly tabloids at a supermarket checkout counter or watch "reality TV". The names are listed in alphabetic order in the `Contents' and the `Index'. They don't say how they selected these people. I will list a few of the names.
) Saint Thomas Aquinas is the most important theologian and philosopher in the Roman Catholic church. He was hurt on a journey to meet the Pope and died in a nearby abbey in 1274.
) Bobby Driscoll became a child star for Walt Disney. He got hooked on drugs and became unemployable. He was found dead in 1968, another homeless junkie.
) William C. Durant bought independent car makers to create General Motors in 1908, and later started Chevrolet. He sold his holdings after the 1929 crash. A series of strokes led to his death.
) James Garfield was the compromise Republican candidate for President in 1880. He was murdered by a disappointed office-seeker. This led to civil service reform.
) Ulysses S. Grant has one of the most corrupt presidencies. Bad investments caused a loss of his fortune. To support his wife and children he began to write his memoirs before he died of throat cancer .
) Alexander Hamilton was the first Secretary of the Treasury. He insulted Aaron Burr in a dinner party conversation that was published, and was challenged to a duel. Hamilton's apology was not accepted.Read more ›
Good writing that says more in a page or two about an individual than some biographies I've read (I'm joking of course.) If you like little historical tidbits about famous and infamous persons of the past, "They Went That-A-Way" sure takes you down that road.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fantastically interesting set of factoids. Very revealing.Published 4 months ago by Christmas Carol
This was a gift and the recipient appreciated and liked it very much. I don't know what else to write.Published on January 7, 2014 by Janice Hall
This book was recommended by a friend so I purchased it for our school library. Many students love to read trivia books and the more bizarre the better.Published on June 27, 2013 by Avid Reader
I got this for my wife for her birthday, and she loved it. I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested in how famous people kicked the bucket.Published on May 11, 2013 by Unhappy
Malcolm Forbes was a very interesting figure indeed.
Great subject he has chosen to write, and he wrote it very lively and colorful. Read more