How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous
By Georgia Bragg
Walker & Co., 2011. 184 pgs. Young Adult Nonfiction
This gruesome book details the deaths of famous people from King Tut to George Washington to Einstein. Filled with gross details of diseases and primitive medical practices, this book is definitely not for the weak-stomached. Each famous person has a few pages describing his or her demise, followed by a two-page spread of tangential information, such as facts about the guillotine or bloodletting. It's informative, disgusting, and highly entertaining--a great choice for reluctant readers and teen guys.