Michael Largo

Michael Largo has been collecting statistics and information on the American way of dying for more than a decade. He is the author of three books, the former editor of New York Poetry, and a researcher/archivist for the film company Allied Artists in Atlanta, Georgia. Final Exits (HarperCollins) won the 2006 Bram Stoker Award in the category of "Superior Achievement in Nonfiction". Its follow-up, The Portable Obituary (HarperCollins), reveals the true last days of public figures and reviews their lives from the vantage point of death. The third book in the trilogy, Genius and Heroin, archives the self-destructive lives and deaths of the extremely gifted from all arenas, including actors, politicians, athletes, scientists, musicians, and military leaders, and was published by HarperCollins. Largo’s newest book, Prophets and Liars, was also acquired by HarperCollins, and will provide an off-beat reference to the exalted and crazy lives of saints, cult leaders, martyrs, soothsayers, philosophers and preachers.

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Seal Survival Guide

by Cade Courtly (with Michael Largo)

Think and act like a Navy SEAL and you can survive anything.

The world is a dangerous place. You can live scared—or be prepared.

“We never thought it would happen to us.” From random shootings to deadly wildfires to terrorist attacks, the reality is that modern life is unpredictable and dangerous. Don't live in fear or rely on luck. Learn the SEAL mindset: be prepared, feel confident, step up, and know exactly how to survive any life-threatening situation.

Former Navy SEAL and preeminent American survivalist Cade Courtley delivers step-by-step instructions anyone can master in this illustrated, user-friendly guide. You'll learn to think like a SEAL and how to:

improvise weapons from everyday items  *  pack a go bag  * escape mass-shootings * treat injuries at the scene * subdue a hijacker  *  survive extreme climates  *  travel safely abroad  *  defend against animal attacks  *  survive pandemic * and much more.

Don’t be taken by surprise. Don’t be a target. Fight back, protect yourself, and beat the odds with the essential manual no one in the twenty-first century should be without.

BE A SURVIVOR, NOT A STATISTIC

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The Big Book of Beasts

by Michael Largo

The Big Book of Beasts is David Attenborough meets Lemony Snicket in this one of a kind treasury of the most strange and fascinating knowledge and lore abut animals. Taking the original bestiaries as his inspiration, Largo returns reader to that captivating wonder of animals we all had as children and looks at the beasts we create with our imaginations, as well as ones long gone. He shares the animal kingdom’s most fascinating secrets and reveals fact after astonishing—and often hilarious—fact about their oddest behaviors.

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God's Lunatic's

by Michael Largo

From the dawn of civilisation humankind has looked for answers to the meaning of existence. The big questions like, 'where did we come from?', 'how should we live?', and 'where do we go when we die?' have perplexed and puzzled. Each generation has been eager to follow the prophets who might manifest and offer their guidance. The roads taken to find certain truths were varied, ranging from the ridiculous, or horrific and strange, to the sublime. From the prophets of doom, to the eccentric characters from the Bible, to solitary visionaries, such as hermits and ascetics, or believers in overindulgence, who thought food, sex, and drugs were the keys to the portal to divine understanding, "God's Lunatics" chronicles history's large and colourful cast of prophets. From the intimate doings of those who rose to an 'immortal' level, walked on fire, or handled poisonous snakes, to prophets claiming time travel as their source of knowledge, "God's Lunatics" also takes a look at the foundations of major religions, and the adoption of customs and laws which influenced governments and culture to this day.

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Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of How We Die

by Michael Largo

We’re all going to die - it’s in the contract - but how will it happen? Today, although we live longer, people are killed by everything, including some outrageous causes as bad words, bingo, bloodletting, flying cows, frozen toilets, eating hair, hiccups, laughing, spontaneous combustion, and toupees! According to death certificates, there are more than 3, 000 ways to die. In the eye-opening and addictive Final Exits, the ways we die - bizarre and common - are alphabetically arranged and include actual accounts of people both famous and ordinary.

Thoroughly researched, with uncanny historical detail covering burial customs, famous last words, and more than 400 medical and historical illustrations from throughout the ages, Final Exits is more than just a trivia book. It is a portrait in words and numbers of human fate.



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The Portable Obituary: How the Famous, Rich and Powerful Really Died

by Michael Largo

In The Portable Obituary, the second in a series examining death, author Michael Largo reveals the true last days of public figures and reviews their lives from the vantage point of their demise. He examines how a famous and celebrated person's deeds, intimate habits and lifestyles ultimately influence their mode of death, and in due course, determine their role in history and culture.

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Genius and Heroin: The Illustrated Catalogue of Creativity, Obsession and Reckless Abandon Through the Ages

by Michael Largo

In his highly anticipated follow up to Final Exits and The Portable Obituary, Michael Largo tackles the art of the famous demise from another archly inventive angle.  Genius and Heroin archives the self-destructive lives and deaths of the extremely gifted from all arenas, including actors, politicians, athletes, scientists, musicians and military leaders.  Genius and Heroin is a reference guide that explores the paradox of an artist’s angst, that which prompts both inspiration and torment.  Largo’s work is a profound new addition to the public debate on whether personal agony is a necessary component to being publicly immortalized.

Look for Michael Largo’s new book Blinded by the Light coming June 2010 from HarperCollins.



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