"This extensive compilation is a groundbreaking core reference work for libraries of all kinds...a resource that will be heavily used by students, librarians, historians, authors, news writers, and others.
Highly Recommended -- All Levels."-- A.E. Bonnette, University of Louisiana at Lafayette; CHOICE October 2005 and ChoiceReviews Online [CHOICE is published by the American Library Association]
"This unique work serves as a reference bookend to Joseph Nathan Kane's classic, Famous First Facts (5th ed., Wilson, 1998)...Similar to the diligent solo work of Joseph Nathan Kane, William B. Brahms has done a remarkable job in compiling this volume on his own. He is a librarian, after all, and his work should make our profession very proud! An outstanding source, this unique ready reference work is highly recommended for both public and academic libraries."-- Donald Altschiller ( Booklist / November 15, 2005) [Booklist is published by the American Library Association]
"This informative book is recommended for reference desks at public and academic libraries. It is also a very interesting read for those with trivial pursuits."-- Sigrid Kelsey, Reference Librarian, Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge; Reference & Users Service QuarterlyWinter 2005, (formerly RQ), [RUSQ is the official journal of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of the American Library Association]
"Well organized, well researched, and informative. It would be a good addition to a reference collection."
-- Emily Barton, Reference Librarian, Michigan State University; American Reference Books Annual (ARBA) 2006 and ARBAonline [ARBA and ARBAonline is published by Libraries Unlimited]
"For the fact-hound, this one won't be a letdown. Packed with more factoids than a game of Trivial Pursuit, and enormously addictive."
-- Kirkus Discoveries [Kirkus Discoveries is published by VNU eMedia Inc.]
"Comprehensive, well organized and easy-to-use, this book is an impressive work of research by librarian William B. Brahms...While all of the entries are extremely informative, some of the entries are fascinating...This accessible and quick check reference is veritable goldmine for librarians, writers, and anyone with an inquisitive mind."
-- Bowker's Bookwire
"Meticulously researched, immensely fascinating and easy to use. It's amazing that no one has thought of this topic sooner. Brahms has
masterfully accomplished the task of being the first to document "lasts"--the often overlooked milestones of history. Bravo!"
-- Linda Devlin, Project Manager, New Jersey Statewide Reference Center (2001-04)
"A stellar achievement and a groundbreaking reference work. This belongs in every library, right next to Kane's Famous Firsts."
-- Alka Bhatanagar, Project Manager, New Jersey Statewide Reference Center (2004-06)
"This book is unique. Americans are always interested in who was first, or who is first. Mr. Brahms has taken a different approach. In a very interesting book, he details hundreds and hundreds of famous lasts. A great book for general interest and an excellent reference book that should be on the shelves of any library. *****-- Larry J. Danks, Author, Your Unfinished Life
"A core reference for all libraries. 16,000+ facts expertly researched and presented. Highly Recommended by Choice and Booklist. Appropriate for middle school and up"
-- PMA -- the Independent Book Publishers Association.
"A truly innovative reference"
-- Baker & Taylor's Forecast, June 2005