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DEATH-History of Man's Obsession and Fears-Wilkins-Book

DEATH-History of Man's Obsession and Fears-Wilkins-Book

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You are buying a hardcover book by Robert Wilkins called "DEATH, A History of Man's Obsessions and Fears." It is in excellent shape, except for some wear and tear on the jacket.

This book was originally published in 1990 and was originally called "The Bedside Book of Death." It was republished by Barnes and Noble in 1996 under this title.

The isbn # is 0-76070-037-0. Measurements of the book are about 9x6x1. There are 256 pages.

From the inside sleeve:

We are fascinated with death; some of us deny it, some try to escape it, most dread it. Filled with strange anecdotes and illustrated with many bizarre and ghoulish images, Death, A History of Man's Obsessions and Fears records the lengths to which people throughout history have gone to cope with the five principle fears regarding death: the fear of being buried alive; of our body being defiled in the grave; of disintegrating; of being forgotten; and of suffering an ignominious death. Here you can read about:

The case of Lavrinia Merli, who died of hysterics. Two days after her burial she was discovered turned over in her coffin, having given birth to a seven month old baby.

The various methods of embalming, including the Egyptian, and a step by step account of modern embalming.

The horrifying slow and painful ending of Robert Francios Damiens, who was tortured to death after attempting to assassinate King Louis XV.

(back jacket)

Author Robert Wilkins completes this unique volume with an expose of the wiles of contemporary funeral directors who use psychological manipulation on the bereaved in order to extract more money from them. This leads to unimaginative, uniform funerals that we accept meekly and without thought or complaint. The author's final words are a plea for greater individuality and eccentricity to be applied to man's ultimate right of passage.

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