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Dead Presidents

Nonfiction: Biography / History
Unabridged   8 hour(s)
Publication date: 02/01/2016

Dead Presidents

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

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681680446


An entertaining exploration into the varied ways we remember and memorialize the American presidents.

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Product Description

In Dead Presidents, NPR host Brady Carlson takes readers 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.


"Tom Zingarelli's narration makes it seem like he's telling the stories, rather than just reading. His style is engaging and just lighthearted enough to match the tone of the material." --AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

"Reader Tom Zingarelli presents the story in a light and funny manner. VERDICT This entertaining audiobook is recommended to listeners with an interest in American history." —Library Journal Audio Review

"It’s hard to imagine a better narrator for this audio book. Zingarelli's deep and gravelly voice naturally contains the right amount of gravitas for the subject." --Publishers Weekly Audio Review

"[Tom Zingarelli's] lighthearted narration highlights the anecdotal nature of the book without ever coming across as irreverent. . . . [he] moves the sections along briskly but without hurrying the listener or compromising the writing." —Booklist Audio Review

Author Bio

Brady Carlson is a reporter and on-air host of NPRs Weekend Edition for New Hampshire Public Radio. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two sons.