Dead Presidents

  • by Brady Carlson
  • Narrated by Tom Zingarelli
  • 8 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Dead Presidents, NPR host Brady Carlson takes listeners to presidential gravesites, monuments, and memorials to tell the death stories of our greatest leaders. Mixing biography and travelogue, Carlson explores whether William Henry Harrison really died of a cold, why Zachary Taylor's remains were exhumed 140 years after his death, and how what killed James A. Garfield wasn't an assassin's bullet. He tells the surprising stories of the Washington Monument, Mount Rushmore, and Grant's Tomb. And he explains why "Hooverball" is still played in Iowa, why Millard Fillmore's final resting place is beside that of funk legend Rick James, and why Ohio and Alaska continue to battle over the name of Mt. McKinley.
With an eye for neglected places and offbeat people reminiscent of Tony Horwitz and Sarah Vowell, Carlson shows that the ways we memorialize our presidents reveal as much about us as about the men themselves.


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Customer Reviews

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Dead ends and in depth history.

Honestly this story was a bit of a disappointment. We follow the narrator along what I guess was a road trip with his family checking out tourists spots where dead presidents have tombs and monuments.
This unfortunately makes for a disjointed confusing history lesson, going back and forth in time. While informative and interesting, I had a hard time following, as we leaped from one president to the next, out of chronological order, with no clear time line. The only interesting stories were those about each president while what we really needed was some way to tie the whole book together.
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- ellie

Both interesting and entertaining

Any additional comments?

History buffs, in particular, will likely enjoy both the content and the delivery of this audiobook.

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-01-2016
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books