How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous

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Walker, Mar 15, 2011 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 192 pages
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Over the course of history men and women have lived and died. In fact, getting sick and dying can be a big, ugly mess-especially before the modern medical care that we all enjoy today. How They Croaked relays all the gory details of how nineteen world figures gave up the ghost. For example:

It is believed that Henry VIII's remains exploded within his coffin while lying in state.
Doctors "treated" George Washington by draining almost 80 ounces of blood before he finally kicked the bucket.
Right before Beethoven wrote his last notes, doctors drilled a hole in his stomach without any pain medication.
Readers will be interested well past the final curtain, and feel lucky to live in a world with painkillers, X-rays, soap, and 911.

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User Review  - ThothJ - LibraryThing

Quick little snapshots of how a selection of famous people died. The little bios are interesting, but the related info after the bios is even better. A quick and gruesome read. Not for faint of heart ... Read full review

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User Review  - J.Davidson - LibraryThing

I've been a lifelong fan of books that are able to effectively combine death, gore and humor, and Georgia Bragg's work certainly makes the cut. Witfully written and beautifully illustrated, the book ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Georgia Bragg is the author of Matisse on the Loose, a middle-grade novel. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children, and two cats.

Kevin O'Malley is the co-author and illustrator of the popular Miss Malarkey series, as well as the New York Times bestseller Gimme Cracked Corn and I Will Share and many other books for children. He lives in Maryland.

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