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Review: The End

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The End: The Human Experience of Death
by Bianca Nogrady
Random House Australia, 2014 (($19.95))

Although everyone dies, no one alive fully knows what the experience is like. Nogrady, a journalist, describes what science says about the goings-on in the mind and body at death and investigates phenomena that lack good explanations, such as seeing a light at the end of a tunnel. She also examines the politics of death, such as the debate over euthanasia, as well as personal accounts of people who have had near-death experiences or have watched a loved one die. Nogrady's book offers a comprehensive reflection on everything we know—and what we can only guess—about the end.

This article was originally published with the title "Recommended: The End."

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