Dead Presidents, with Brady Carlson

Thursday, February 11th, 2016, 7 p.m.

Join Gibson's Bookstore for Brady Carlson's hometown event as he presents his exploration in the varied ways we remember and memorialize the American presidents.

In Dead Presidents: An American Adventure Into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation's Leaders, 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

Event date: 
Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301
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ISBN: 9780393243932
Availability: Out of Print
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 2016

To public radio host and reporter Brady Carlson, the weighty responsibilities of being president never end. As Carlson sees it, the dead presidents (and the ways we remember them) tell us a great deal about ourselves, our history, and how we imagine our past and future. For American presidents, there is life after death--it's just a little weird.