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The New York Times Book of the Dead

Obituaries of Extraordinary People

by William McDonald Editor · Ron Butler Narrator


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The obituary page of The New York Times is a celebration of extraordinary lives. This groundbreaking package includes 300 obits in the book of the most important and fascinating obituaries the Times has ever published.
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.
William McDonald, The Times' obituary editor who was recently featured in the award-winning documentary Obit, selected 320 of the most important and influential obits from the newspaper's archives. In chapters like "Stage and Screen," "Titans of Business," "The Notorious," "Scientists and Healers," "Athletes," and "American Leaders," the entries include a wide variety of newsmakers from the last century and a half, including Annie Oakley, Theodore Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin, Marilyn Monroe, Coco Chanel, Malcolm X, Jackie Robinson and Prince.

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Hachette Audio
Black Dog & Leventhal
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William McDonald (Editor)

Bill McDonald has been the obituaries editor for The New York Times since 2006. A former editor at Newsday on Long Island, joined the New York Times in 1988 and has held numerous positions at the paper including copy chief of the national news des...

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