This Will Kill You

This Will Kill You

A Guide to the Ways in Which We Go

Paperback - 2009
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Have you been attacked by a great white shark? Gone over Niagara Falls in a barrel? Been exposed to anthrax? No, you haven't, or you'd be dead. This Will Kill You reveals the intriguing facts behind the many ways humans bite the dust in encounters with deadly bugs, hungry predators, natural disasters, and freak occurrences. Thoroughly researched and illustrated, not to mention thoroughly hilarious, this book describes in deathly detail what happens to the body when it's struck by lightning, slimed by a dart frog, or flung from a mountaintop.

No other book has ever peaked under the Grim Reaper's robe in such a straightforward and irreverent way. With a foreword by a physician at the Mayo Clinic, an afterword by a funeral director, lists of history's most notable deaths, and a unique death rating system, everything you need to know about the ways in which we go are included in these pages.

Published: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312540623
0312540620
Branch Call Number: 614.4 NEW
Characteristics: xvii, 328 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Maloof, Rich

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SkokieStaff_Steven Nov 09, 2017

After reading about the mostly fanciful ways that humans could possibly perish in the excellent “And Then You're Dead: What Really Happens If You Get Swallowed by a Whale, Are Shot from a Cannon, or Go Barreling over Niagara” by Cody Cassidy and Paul Doherty, I felt the urge to contemplate the ways that people actually do die and so I turned to “This Will Kill You: A Guide to the Ways in Which We Go” by HP Newquist and Rich Maloof. Written in an inappropriately jaunty style, the book describes 100 causes of death in alphabetical order from “Alligators” (you don’t want to mess with one) to “Working in a Coal Mine” (you don’t want to do this either, no matter what Donald Trump might say). As I read, I found myself categorizing the chapter subjects according to their potential to cause grievous bodily harm, from Not As Bad As I Thought (“Arsenic” and “Black Widow Spider”), to Even Worse Than I Thought (“Rabies” and “Tetanus”—those vaccinations make sense), to Every Bit As Bad As I Thought (“Burning at the Stake” and “A Drink of Drain Cleaner”). Why so interesting and entertaining a book is not better known is beyond me, but the strange and baffling cover image couldn’t have helped its popularity.

I liked this book! :3 Its interesting to understand all these types of ways that could kill you-- and NO, I am not a sadist or a masochist LOL Its a cool book dammit! XDD

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manonrondeau
Oct 19, 2011

this is awesome

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dprodrig
Apr 14, 2010

I enjoyed this book. I found the varying causes of death were well decribed without being sensational. This is fairly graphic and there are some really disgusting bits in it. I could've done without the cute graphics, though.

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Oct 20, 2011

manonrondeau thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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