The First Book of Seconds: 220 of the Most Random, Remarkable, Respectable (and Regrettable) Runners-Up and Their Almost Claim to Fame

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Susan Lucci, Al Gore, and the Buffalo Bills all received top billing by coming in second. But that's not normally the case—most runners-up dwell in obscurity.

Finally, there's a book that celebrates the many unsung qualities of those who faltered on their way to the top! Inside, you'll discover little-known second-acts with entries that ...

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The First Book of Seconds: 220 of the Most Random, Remarkable, Respectable (and Regrettable) Runners-Up and Their Almost Claim to Fame

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Overview

Susan Lucci, Al Gore, and the Buffalo Bills all received top billing by coming in second. But that's not normally the case—most runners-up dwell in obscurity.

Finally, there's a book that celebrates the many unsung qualities of those who faltered on their way to the top! Inside, you'll discover little-known second-acts with entries that highlight their worthy achievements, such as:

  • The second highest homerun hitter
  • The second man to set foot on the moon
  • The second most dangerous animal in the world
  • The second-largest car rental chain (whose motto is fitting: "We try harder")

With more than 200 accounts of almost-claims-to-fame, this book leaves trivia junkies of all ages feeling like they won a gold medal—not a booby prize.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781440507526
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 11/16/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,445,268
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Murrie has an MA in the teaching of English from Teachers College, Columbia University and has more than five years of teaching experience. Murrie is the coauthor of Every Minute on Earth and Guide to the Planet (Planet Earth)

Steve Murrie is a retired science teacher who still substitutes and teaches classes at a local community college. He holds an MA from Penn State University in science education and is the coauthor of Every Minute on Earth and Guide to the Planet.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

    Nobody ever remembers who came in second place--except the guys who wrote this book!

    What a great concept for a book! How many of us can claim to be the very first to do anything of any importance? Not many--that's how many. The world has far more second, third or fourth place finishers than first place. And as I found out in The First Book Of Seconds, the story of the Second Strongest Man in the World, or the Second Name for the Popsicle, the story of the second place runner up is sometimes more interesting and more entertaining than the First. Lots of people know famous firsts, but I was shocked by how little I knew about famous seconds. This book was a gift that came in the mail and the title and concept threw me, but as soon as I cracked it open and dug in it became a favorite bathroom book. The authors, Matthew Murrie and Steve Murrie clearly have a love of all things Second. The listings are informative but the tone is light, and each famous Second is followed an interesting addendum which is related to the subject. This is an ideal bathroom book, a term that sometimes gets frowned on, but it's by no means a slam. Why waste time staring at that stray cobweb up on the bathroom ceiling during your next bath, when you can be expanding your mind and having a good chuckle.

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