Last Words of Notable People by William B. Brahms
Final Words of More Than 3500 Noteworthy People Throughout History

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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

About William B. Brahms

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William B. Brahms graduated from Rutgers College in 1989 with a B.A. in Economics. At Rutgers, he garnered numerous honors and awards including the Dean's Award for Excellence, College Honors, Departmental Honors, Henry Rutgers Honors, Phi Beta Kappa and election to the prestigious Cap and Skull Society. He earned an M.L.S. at Rutgers in 1993 and awarded a Rutgers SCILS Alumni Association scholarship and selected for Beta Phi Mu.He was at the Franklin Township Public Library in Somerset, NJ for 12 years. He was Head of Reference and served six years as Township Historian. He received commendations from the Franklin Township Council and a scholar's award from the Marconi Foundation there for publishing two books on Franklin Township history. He also co-developed two major digital projects: an early online historical photograph database and one of the first full-text/images searchable local newspaper archives in a public library in the country. His digital project work led to a position on the advisory committee to the New Jersey Digital Highway. In 2004, he co-founded Reference Desk Press, Inc. to produce select reference book by librarians for librarians in an ecologically and economically responsible manner and to support library causes. He has written six books, including the core reference work Notable Last Facts—A Compendium of Endings, Conclusions, Terminations and Final Events Throughout History (2005). He is listed in Marquis's Who's Who in the World and has been selected for Who's Who in America seven times. Brahms is Chief Librarian/Manager at the Camden County Library System in Voorhees, New Jersey. He co-developed two major initiatives for the library: Shelf Life (retail model influenced satellite branch in a mall) and The Corner a progressive teen library center. Visit for contact information and to follow Reference Desk Press work through the web and social media.
Published October 19, 2012 by Reference Desk Press, Inc. 1469 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Biographies & Memoirs.

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(“I am sorry for the mistake, but this is the first time I’ve been beheaded,” cracks British miscreant Alexander Blackwell after misaligning his head on the block.) In between there are valedictories from statesmen and geniuses, a generous helping of wounded Civil War soldiers’ dying visions—the ...

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