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How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous    by Georgia Bragg & Kevin O'Malley order for
How They Croaked
by Georgia Bragg
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Walker, 2011 (2011)

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* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

This fascinating collection of remarkable deaths is not for the faint of heart. So you better heed the author's warning - 'If you don't have the guts for gore, do not read this book!'

Georgia Bragg focuses on 19 world figures and provides the gory details on how they gave up the ghost. These illustrious dead folks range from King Tut, Cleopatra, Elizabeth I, and Pocahontas to Ludwig Van Beethoven, Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein.

You'll discover such interesting tidbits as that it is believed that Henry VIII's remains actually exploded within his coffin while he was lying in state and George Washington's doctors reputedly drained 80 ounces of blood as a way of treating the former president's medical ailments.

If you don't know what cupping was or aren't conversant with the various phobias - like panophobia, agoraphobia and gelotohopobia - you will be by the time you finish reading this remarkable book!

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