Synopses & Reviews
No, you're not losing your mind. And you're definitely not alone. There's Jimmy Carter, forgetting the nuclear launch codes in a suit at the dry cleaners. Rod Stewart fumbling for the name of the intense first love who inspired "Maggie Mae." G. K. Chesterton writing a long letter to hismother announcing the good news about his engagement--while his mother is in the room with him. Marilyn Monroe blowing the same line through 52 takes during the filming of Some Like It Hot
Celebrating history's greatest mental lapses, is a perfect impulse book in the fine gift format of Famous Last Words. Not just outlandishly funny, it's also a book of great comfort--after all, having a senior moment puts you in the company of Einstein, Lincoln, Beethoven, Newton, Toscanini, and a whole assortment of presidents, poets, philosophers, popes, and Nobel Prize-winners. Talk about gaffes. Here are best men forgetting to show up at the wedding. Judges staggered by the incompetence of their previous decisions. Senators frozen in front of TV cameras. Olympic officials gazing absently while bewildered runners continue through the finish line. Bono losing the only copy of his lyrics to a new album. Forget to pick up your copy today!
The President who left the nuclear launch codes in a suit at the dry cleaners, page 51
The movie star who blew the same line through 52 takes, page 10
The cellist who forgot his $2.5 million instrument in a taxi, page 137
The studio head who couldn't recall the name of his Oscar-winning leading lady, page 27
The Russian general who left home in full military dress, minus his pants, page 68
The bank robber who wrote the holdup note on a paycheck stub, which listed his name and address, page 123
The rocker who no longer remembers 1975, page 105
And of course, the novelist who put the orange juice outside and the kitten in the refrigerator, page 152
About the Author
Tom Friedman is a writer, editor, and George Foster Peabody Award-winning documentary producer. He lives in Northern California.