Because: The second edition of this book has been pretty well publicized, and I wrote it off as another general travel book. I also thought the number 1,000 was excessive, but on second thought, a number like 100 definitely would be too limiting. I really enjoyed reading about the background of the book, the rationale behind the title as well as the selection of featured locales. I think it should not be overlooked that the only places featured were spots the author had visited. Is it really that macabre to include the word “death” in the title? I find mortality inspiring.