- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (February 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393243931
- ISBN-13: 978-0393243932
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dead Presidents: An American Adventure into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation’s Leaders 1st Edition
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“[An] amusing survey of presidential death and remembrance.” (Kate Tuttle - Boston Globe)
“Brady is an exuberant guide to presidential wishes, myths, and monuments, both official and forgotten, and what dead presidents reveal about ourselves, our history, and how we imagine our past and the future.” (Virginia Prescott - New Hampshire Public Radio)
“In this entertaining biography-cum-travelogue . . . Carlson shifts deftly among sombre, macabre, and playful stories and shows how the death-tourism industry reveals more than amusing trivia.” (New Yorker)
“Dead presidents haven’t been this surprising, entertaining, and even funny since my eighth-grade classmates and I saw animatronic Lincoln whirr to life or, later, when I voted for failed San Francisco mayoral candidate Jello Biafra.” (Jack Hitt)
“The funniest and most entertaining book about death you’ll read this year―and my favorite book about corpses since Mary Roach’s Stiff. Plus, I learned a ton about our commanders-in-chief, many of whose lives got much more interesting after they stopped breathing.” (A. J. Jacobs)
“Lots of books explain how tough the presidents have it when they are alive―scandals, impeachments, gray hair―but here at last is a terrific investigation of the post-life presidency, a rollicking but always thoughtful exploration of the after-the-White-House whereabouts of the forever former chief executives. Brady Carlson is the perfect road-trip companion, smart and good-hearted, a combination that we can only hope for in presidents, alive or dead.” (Robert Sullivan)
“A spirited debut. . . . A brisk, lighthearted travelogue with an exuberant guide.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Thoroughly enjoyable.” (Booklist)
About the Author
Brady Carlson is a reporter and on-air host for Wisconsin Public Radio, formerly with New Hampshire Public Radio. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and children.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book was fascinating and interesting from the first page to the last. Carlson visits every president's grave and often other places associated with them. He tells interesting stories with historical basis along with his own anecdotes based on his visits to each site. You feel as though you went along for the ride and you had a great time!
For people who like cemeteries and graves or presidential historians or American history nuts, this is a must. If you even have a slight interest in any of these topics you really have to give this book a read because I think you will love it. I highly recommend Dead Presidents by Brady Carlson.
This is a good read. Remember it is all about deceased presidents - part refresher course and part stories you never heard concerning each individual. I couldn't put it down it was so interesting.