Book of Obituaries

Book of Obituaries

by Keith Colquhoun, Ann Wroe
     
 

This collection of obituaries tells the life stories of two hundred of the world's most captivating people as judged by writers Ann Wroe and Keith Colquhoun and as published in The Economist from 1994 to 2008.

Each stylishly written story and accompanying photograph surprises, entertains, and stimulates. The titled, wealthy, and powerful are here, of

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This collection of obituaries tells the life stories of two hundred of the world's most captivating people as judged by writers Ann Wroe and Keith Colquhoun and as published in The Economist from 1994 to 2008.

Each stylishly written story and accompanying photograph surprises, entertains, and stimulates. The titled, wealthy, and powerful are here, of course, including Diana, Princess of Wales, Gerald Ford, Bob Hope, John Paul II, Norman Mailer, Mstislav Rostropovich, and General William Westmoreland, but so are others: a cookery teacher and spy, the inventor of instant noodles, a self-proclaimed gypsy king, a musical psychic, an American gangster, a patriotic crook, a philosopher of consumerism, a master of tabloid journalism, a protector of minorities, a veteran of Gallipoli, the greatest of second bananas, and so on.

This book is as entertaining as it is edifying; it's a great gift for biography, history, and popular-culture fans, as well as for everyone who turns first to the obituary pages in the daily newspaper. As Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) put it: "I never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with a lot of pleasure."

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Ann Wroe

"[In Pontius Pilate,] Wroe, the editor of the American section of The Economist, has attempted an original kind of speculative biography. It is a substantial tribute to her Oxford training as a historian, her breadth of reading and her canny but careful imagination to report that she has achieved much more than might have been expected." (The New York Times Book Review)

"Compelling, eloquent, and vivid...In a superb blend of scholarship and creativity, Wroe brings this elusive yet pivotal figure [Pontius Pilate] to life." (The Boston Globe)

Praise for Keith Colquhoun

"[In Killing Stalin, Colquhoun has mastered] the art of turning the impossible into the credible...[and] given quite a lot of people at least one sleepless night." (The Guardian)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781576603260
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/12/2008
Series:
Economist Series, #39
Edition description:
Illustrate
Pages:
409
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.60(d)

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Praise for The Economist obituaries

"There is no chariot as elegant for a final send-off as The Economist obit. Each one is a literary marvel, a dazzling ride through an era. The subjects are lucky (except for the death part): they cross to the other side in incomparable style."
Marilyn Johnson
Author, The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries

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