Rest in Pieces

The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses

Lovejoy, Bess

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Rest in Pieces
IN THE LONG RUN, WE'RE ALL DEAD. But for some of the most influential figures in history, death marked the start of a new adventure. The famous deceased have been stolen, burned, sold, pickled, frozen, stuffed, impersonated, and even filed away in a lawyer's office. Their fingers, teeth, toes, arms, legs, skulls, hearts, lungs, and nether regions have embarked on voyages that crisscross the globe and stretch the imagination. Counterfeiters tried to steal Lincoln's corpse. Einstein's brain went on a cross-country road trip. And after Lord Horatio Nelson perished at Trafalgar, his sailors submerged him in brandy--which they drank. From Mozart to Hitler, Rest in Pieces connects the lives of the famous dead to the hilarious and horrifying adventures of their corpses, and traces the evolution of cultural attitudes toward death.--Publisher's description.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2013.
ISBN: 1451654987
Characteristics: xviii, 329 p.:,ill. ;,24 cm.


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Apr 26, 2013

This book is a thick rectangle - making it curiously hard to just sit and read. I have only put a book down twice because it was physically uncomfortable to read - this is one. Shame, too, because the contents are pretty interesting.


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