- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Ten Speed Press (February 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0898158605
- ISBN-13: 978-0898158601
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,409,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tombstones: Seventy-Five Famous People and Their Final Resting Places Paperback – February 1, 1997
May have some markings on the last page of the book otherwise the book is in good condition. Shelf wear from time on shelf like you would see on a major chain. Immediate shipping.
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Some of the write ups about the person were well done and informative with interesting little tidbits that you most likely wouldn't know. Others...well they left a little to be desired. These few didn't give any real personal information and some of them were simply made up of quotes that other people said about the person. Not helpful.
For example, there was one person included who worked on the Scopes trial. I'm not sure he's famous enough to be included in this but his write up was simply all quotes from other people about him. That might have worked for someone like Washington or Jefferson but not someone that we're all going to have to Google to figure out who he is.
And for those of us that will admit to our quirky yet noble curiosities, this book enhances the lives of 75 famous people with information and full-color photographs of their final resting places. Some seem to reflect how they lived--larger than life, some quiet and unassuming.
We found this book to be completely fascinating. Well designed colorfully detailed cemetary photos along with little known factoid bios cover such famous people as the afore-mentioned Marilyn Monroe to Martin Luther King, Jr., Golda Meir to Jackie Robinson, James Dean to Irving Berlin. There are gunfighters, sports legends, military heroes, writers , explorers and more.
With this unique hard stock paperback book, one can whistle through the graveyard in the comfort of their own home. Or plan to visit these legends on an historical vacation in The States and Europe. One could then whisper, (sorry, we cannot resist)--I see dead people's graves! Seriously, as the author and photographer Gregg Felsen stated, " Most of these people overcame great obstacles and adversity on their roads to greatness in their respective fields. This book is meant to honor these remarkable people."
A great gift for those interested in famous people, history, photography, travel, and death.
We didn't know them personally, but there's a bond nonetheless. Especially with the famous. Maybe their book spoke to us, their movie drew us in, their words or ideas captivated us.
There's something mysterious and serene about graveyards. It's the one great mystery we can't solve until we've actually been there - death that is. It's comforting to know we won't be the only ones experiencing it.