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    Immortal Last Words: History's Most Memorable Dying Remarks, Death Bed Statements and Final Farewells (Hardback) By (author) Terry Breverton


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    DescriptionImmortal Last Words is a fascinating, diverse collection of history's most uplifting, entertaining and thought-provoking dying remarks and final farewells. The 370 entries in this book have been drawn from some of history's greatest statesmen, poets, scientists, novelists and warriors - the eminent men and women who have shaped events over the last four and a half millennia and whose final recorded words have often inspired great deeds or shed light on the nature of the human condition. There are also entries are from less well- known individuals who did not make such an impact on history but whose dying words are equally noteworthy as they encapsulate the spirit of the times or simply reflect the character of the speaker. And finally, the pages of this book contain the last words of some of most ignoble personalities in history - the monsters and maniacs whose final defiant utterances prompt us to reflect on the nature of evil and man's inhumanity to man. Arranged chronologically from antiquity to the present day, each entry is accompanied by contextual information giving a brief biography of the author and an explanation of the circumstances that gave rise to the quotation. Some of the sentiments expressed are unbelievably sad while others are optimistic; some final words have become famous while others have remained obscure, but all reflect the follies and greatness of mankind - its heroes and villains, war and peace and the absolute power of language to change our feelings and challenge our minds. Sample entries include: Buddha 'Strive for your own liberation with diligence'; Vespasian 'Dear me, I believe I am becoming a god'; Thomas Hobbes, 'I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark'; Robespierre 'Death is the commencement of immortality!'; George Washington'Tis well'; John Keats 'Here lies one whose name was writ in water'; John Maynard Keynes'I should have drunk more champagne'; Salvador Dali 'I do not believe in my death'; Keith Floyd 'I've not felt this well for ages.'

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    Immortal Last Words
    History's Most Memorable Dying Remarks, Death Bed Statements and Final Farewells
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Terry Breverton
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 200 mm
    Thickness: 37 mm
    Weight: 659 g
    ISBN 13: 9781849164788
    ISBN 10: 1849164789

    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.4
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DQ, GBCQ
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Libri: ENGM3700
    DC22: 080
    BISAC V2.8: REF019000, LCO000000
    Libri: WOER6500
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14190
    Thema V1.0: GBCQ, DNT, NHB
    Illustrations note
    200 b&w images
    Quercus Publishing Plc
    Imprint name
    Quercus Publishing Plc
    Publication date
    01 August 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Terry Breverton is a former businessman, consultant and academic and now a full-time writer. He is the author of numerous books has been awarded the Welsh Books Council 'Book of the Month' award five times.