Books: The Economists Book of ObituariesWhy I am recommending this book:
Contrary to its potentially gloomy subject matter and title, The Economists Book of Obituaries is a celebration of life. A reflection of fascinating lives lived by fascinating people, be prepared to be inspired, educated and entertained!
For more than a decade, The Economist has included unique and original obituaries in a quite popular column. The obituaries are remarkable because of the unpredictable selection of people written about, the surprising lives they led, and the brilliant writing style. This volume gathers two hundred of the best obituaries. The selection for this book ranges far and wide: Syd Barret of Pink Floyd to John Kenneth Galbraith; Pope Jean Paul II to Sony founder Akio Morita; Este Lauder to Hunter S. Thompson; and Marcel Marceau to even Alex the African Grey (sciences best-known parrot).