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Dead Presidents

An American Adventure into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nations Leaders

Brady Carlson (Author)


"Entertaining…Carlson shifts deftly among sombre, macabre, and playful stories and shows how the death-tourism industry reveals more than amusing trivia." —The New Yorker

In Dead Presidents, public radio host and reporter Brady Carlson takes readers on an epic trip to presidential gravesites, monuments, and memorials from sea to shining sea. With an engaging mix of history and contemporary reporting, Carlson explores the death stories of our greatest leaders, and shows that the ways we memorialize our presidents reveal as much about us as they do about the men themselves.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • February 2017
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35367-9
  • 5.6 × 8.3 in / 336 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“[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

“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

“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

“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

“Thoroughly enjoyable.” — Booklist

“A spirited debut…A brisk, lighthearted travelogue with an exuberant guide.” — Kirkus Reviews

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