How They Croaked

How They Croaked

The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous

Book - 2011 | 1st U.S. ed.
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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.

Publisher: New York : Walker, 2011.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780802798176
Branch Call Number: 920
Characteristics: 184 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: O'Malley, Kevin 1961-


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How They Croaked This is the stuff that’s too gross for your history book! The bloody, messy (and extremely funny) real-life details of exactly how many historical people died.  Find out why you should be really, really grateful for the invention of the X-Ray and other medical advances, not to mention who might have exploded in their (not quite sealed) coffin during the funeral. Chapter hea… (more)

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Jul 20, 2020

Kind of reminds me of "They Lost Their Heads!" I really loved it. Good way to learn about famous historical figures.

Jan 04, 2018

was a good book but was strange.

ArapahoeSarahD Aug 13, 2016

Although this book is written to attract a younger audience, I really had a lot of fun reading this. It was both funny and informative. Read this book to learn how famous people ACTUALLY died. Spoiler, no, Cleopatra did not die from a snake bite. What?! Yep.

CRRL_CraigG Jun 26, 2015

If this book was published when I was in middle school, I would have checked it out over and over, memorized my favorite parts, and grossed out my big sister with the gruesome facts within. Most importantly, I would have learned a lot and sought out more books like this one.

May 11, 2015

Fun and gross book, engaging enough for the reluctant reader.

Aug 18, 2014

I did love this book! I didn't think it was as gross at it was projected. It was very easy reading and I was done with the book in two days. The book is so informative and just a highly comical read. Do pick it up!

lakevilla_IDOL Jul 31, 2013

I enjoyed this book a lot! It had disturbing angd gross facts but I found it interesting. This book is a caudill book for 2013 and would work just great if you had to read a caudill book for school. In this book you learn facts of many famous people like George Washington and King Tut and how they died . Also this book tells what the doctors did in many types of dying situations. I would totallly reccomend this book to anybody who could handle blood and much, much more.

Doritos35 Apr 12, 2013

loved this book! so weird and interesting!

Feb 27, 2013

Oftentimes a children's book makes good reading for kids and adults alike...and this is one of them! A great mix of history, humor, lore and gore regarding the demise of such famous people as Julius Ceasar, George Washington, Mozart, etc.

Nov 18, 2012

It's a set of full accounts of how a lot of old famous people died. Assuming I haven't just put you off by that sentence, I'm going to go ahead and say this is a great book.

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