Author(s): William McDonald
The obituary page is the section many readers first turn to not only see who died, but to read some of the most inspiring, insightful, often funny, and elegantly written stories celebrating the lives of the men and women who have influenced on our world. This book, for the first time, chronicles the lives of these history-makers from the past 160 years through the obits page of The New York Times, one of the most talked about and lingered over sections of the newspaper. Arranged into sections like People of Letters, Entertainers and Performers, Politicians and Leaders, and the Infamous, the selected obituaries, hand-picked by obituaries editor, Bill McDonald, include fascinating lives from recent history -- from FDR to Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe to Robin Williams, Albert Einstein to Robert Oppenheimer, Princess Grace to Lady Di, Al Capone to John Gotti, and more than 300 more including some lesser-known but remarkable people who's compelling lives and inventions have impacted the world. Also included is a web-key which allows instant access to an exclusive website featuring 10,000 selected obituaries which are easily searchable by name, theme, dates, and more. Designed with 150 black-and-white photographs, this tomb-sized book plus website package is the perfect gift.
A black-and-white volume that captures the essence of The New York Times obituary: superbly researched pieces of history that retain the immediacy of it-just-happened...A must for the history enthusiast. The Seattle Times"
Bill McDonald has been the obituaries editor for The New York Times since 2006. A former editor atNewsday on Long Island, joined the New York Timesin 1988 and has held numerous positions at the paper including copy chief of the national news desk, assistant national editor, deputy editor of Arts Leisure and deputy culture editor. He was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2000 for the series,"How Race Is Lived in America". He is married and lives in Manhattan. The New York Times is regarded as the world's preeminent newspaper. Its news coverage is known for its exceptional depth and breadth, with reporting bureaus throughout the United States and in 26 foreign countries.