Cleopatra croaked. Caesar ceased. Darwin died. And that's just the beginning! This gruesome guide to the "awful ends of the awfully famous" will evoke gasps of wonder as readers witness medical mishaps and deadly diseases, accidents and assassinations, and more.
There are groans and guffaws, too, to lighten the list of lethalities. Chapter titles like "You Glow, Girl" (for X-ray discoverer Marie Curie) and "Little Mouth of Horrors" (in honor of George Washington's famous dental woes) add a humorous dimension to the otherwise sober subject matter.
Black-and-white illustrations (including cartoons, diagrams, and gothic design elements) add visual appeal to this compelling compendium of mortal memoranda. A list of books and online resources provides additional learning opportunities, and a special "Connections" section shows how the lives of these famous people intersected in surprising ways.