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The First Book of Seconds

220 of the Most Random, Remarkable, Respectable (and Regrettable) Runners-Up and Their Almost Claim to Fame

The First Book of Seconds by Matthew Murrie
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With the exception of a few consolation prize–winning legends (Susan Lucci, Al Gore, and the Buffalo Bills come to mind for their mediocrity), most runners-up aren't even remembered. But now the not-so-amazing achievements of those who faltered on the way to the top get their due, including: The second tallest U.S. president; The second most dangerous animal in the world; The second highest monument in the United States; The second worst sports team of all time. These 200 quirky accounts of almost-claims-to-fame may sound second-rate, but don't second-guess their superiority. They'll leave you feeling like you've won a gold medal—not a booby prize.
F+W Media; October 2010
240 pages; ISBN 9781440510670
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Title: The First Book of Seconds
Author: Matthew Murrie; Steve Murrie