William B. Brahms was born in Camden, New Jersey and was raised and still lives in Haddon Township, New Jersey. He graduated as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Cap and Skull from Rutgers College with a B.A. and from Rutgers University Graduate School of Communication Information and Library Studies with an M.L.S. He has spent his entire career working in public libraries and publishing in New Jersey. Currently he manages and is Chief Librarian at the Camden County, New Jersey Library System. He is also President of Reference Desk Press, Inc. and has published seven books, including the major library reference works Notable Last Facts which was selected as an "Achievement in Publishing" in Booklist's 2005 Editor's Choice issue and Last Words of Notable People which was profiled in Kirkus author Q & A in Kirkus Reviews and featured in magazines including The Atlantic and Mental Floss. Last Words of Notable People reached the Amazon Bestsellers List -- Top 100 in December 2011, and was featured in the John Green (vlogbrothers - nerdfighters) video "Geeking Out Over Dying Declarations" (which received over 250,000 views). Brahms has also written several books on regional history. In particular, his books on Franklin Township, Somerset County, New Jersey (for which he was awarded the Author of the Year Award by the Marconi Foundation in Somerset, NJ) are standard sources for historical information on Franklin Township, where he served as official Township Historian for six years. These works include: Franklin Township Somerset County, NJ: A History, and Images of America: Franklin Township Brahms is also the official historian of several organizations where he has produced historical material that are basic reference works on those groups including the Cap and Skull Society. His book on the historic Westmont Theatre in Westmont, New Jersey is a tie-in to the film The Grand Old Lady directed by Brent J. Donaway; a film in which Brahms also appears. Brahms is also co-author of another title in the national Image of America series, Images of America: Haddon Township. about Haddon Township, New Jersey. He is listed in both Marquis Who's Who in a America, and Who's Who in the World. For more information visit the Reference Desk Press website.
Last Words of Notable People: Final Words of More Than 3500 Noteworthy People Throughout Historyby William B. Brahms (Compiler)
Last Words of Notable People is a comprehensive reference work on "last words," "dying words" or "famous last words". A work of unprecedented scope and study...Covering the final utterances of noted people over the span of thousands of years and the entire globe; each person is presented with a relevant biographical treatment. Each entry is meticulously documented, citing best sources available. Connection or relation of cited sources to entries are presented. Accuracy or veracity of reputed "last words" is often questioned. Conflicting variations of reported "last words" for many entries are presented for the purpose of further research. Contains a detailed selected annotated bibliography of significant "last word" sources. Well indexed.The conclusion of more than a dozen years work and consultation of tens of thousands of sources, Last Words of Notable People is far and away the definitive compilation and treatment of recorded "last words" compiled to date.
This is the soft cover book edition of the last words tome featured in John Green's "Dying Declarations" video. Last Words of Notable People was an Amazon Top 100 Bestseller in December 2011.
For: Trivia Lovers, Biography and History Buffs, Nerdfighters, Academic and Public Library Reference Collections and Library Circulating collections
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- 12 Years
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This was an amazing book to have. I, personally, have an obsession with last words, and the NOOK (R) version wasn't doing it for me. So, now I can have the real book. So excited to add this to my collection. DFTBA!