Book of Lasts: The Stories Behind the Endings That Changed the World

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Octopus Books, 2005 - 288 pagina's
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Triumphant conclusions and tragic endings, things that finished with a bang and others that faded out with a whimper-this is a tribute to the moment when that final curtain closes. It's a fitting follow-up to the popular Book of Firsts (60,000 copies sold), a richly illustrated and quirky peek into both recent and not-too-recent history. People, animals, events, and practices all receive their due, from those that changed the face of society to those we barely noticed. Back once again for a closing round of applause: the last Roman Emperor, the Beatles' last number one hit, the last dodo ever to exist on earth. There are personal lasts, historical lasts, last journeys and last words, and last requests and bequests.

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Ian Harrison has researched and written a number of books on subjects ranging from ancient battlefields to modern airports, including three historical books written in conjunction with The Times newspaper. He worked first as a researcher for television documentaries and then in publishing. Television research included entering the weird world of inventors and inventions, hunting for pirate treasure, investigating the two heads of Cromwell and delving into the wit and wisdom of branding. He is author of the hugely successful The Book Of Firsts and The Book Of Inventions for Cassell Illustrated.

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