By Brady Carlson
An wonderful exploration into the death tales of our nation’s maximum leaders—and the wild methods we elect to recollect and memorialize them.
To public radio host and reporter Brady Carlson, the weighty tasks of being president by no means finish. As Carlson sees it, the lifeless presidents (and the methods we take note them) let us know greatly approximately ourselves, our historical past, and the way we think our prior and destiny. For American presidents, there's existence after death—it’s a bit weird.
In Dead Presidents, Carlson takes readers on an epic journey to presidential gravesites, monuments, and memorials from sea to shining sea. With a fascinating mixture of historical past and modern reporting, Carlson recounts the remarkable starting place tales of the Washington Monument, Mount Rushmore, Grant’s Tomb, and JFK’s everlasting Flame. He explores even if William Henry Harrison relatively died of a chilly, how the assassin’s bullet won't were what killed James A. Garfield, and why Zachary Taylor’s is still have been exhumed a hundred and forty years after he died. And he explains the unusual afterlives of the presidents, together with why “Hooverball” continues to be performed in Iowa, why Millard Fillmore’s ultimate resting position is subsequent to that of funk legend Rick James, why “Who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb?” turned a working gag for Groucho Marx, why Ohio and Alaska fought for therefore lengthy over the identify of Mt. McKinley (now often called Denali), and why we exalt lifeless presidents not only with public statues and iconic work yet with kitschy wax dummies, Halloween costumes, and bobblehead dolls.
With an infectious ardour for background and one eye on missed areas and offbeat characters similar to Tony Horwitz and Sarah Vowell, Carlson exhibits that the methods we memorialize our presidents exhibit as a lot approximately us because it does in regards to the males themselves.
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