How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous

Posted: Friday, August 8, 2014, 8:37 am

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These funny and irreverent facts are sure to tickle the funny bones of kids and adults alike. If you don't watch out, you might learn something too.

How They Choked starts off with a bang. Marco Polo the adventurer is famous for a game of tag, right? Wrong! He went to the Far East and battled crocodiles and dodged cannibals. Kind of, sort of, maybe. What really happened to Marco Polo is pitiful. Just like many other people in this book, Marco's life was determined by his parents. Others, like Isaac Newton, were just plain mean to people. These are famous people you think you know, but you don't. The great news is that after reading this book, you will know A LOT about some seriously twisted people. The bad news is you will know A LOT about some surprisingly sympathetic people.

How They Choked has a format similar to Georgia Bragg's previous book How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous. Each new chapter starts with all the pertinent information, like when and where someone was born and when they died. It also mentions why each person is famous and has fun line drawn portraits. The end of each chapter also provides some follow-up information that helps keep everything in context.

Readers will enjoy jumping into these flawed characters' past. After all: nobody's perfect.