Great Lives Worth Reliving

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"Mo Rocca has always loved obituaries--reading about the remarkable lives of global leaders, Hollywood heavyweights, and innovators who changed the world. But not every notable life has gotten the send-off it deserves. His quest to right that wrong inspired Mobituaries, his #1 hit podcast. Now with Mobituaries, the book, he has gone much further, with all new essays on artists, entertainers, sports stars, political pioneers, founding fathers, and more. Even if you know the names, you've never understood why they matter...until now. Take Herbert Hoover: before he was president, he was the "Great Humanitarian," the man who saved tens of millions from starvation. But after less than a year in the White House, the stock market crashed, and all the good he had done seemed to be forgotten. Then there's Marlene Dietrich, well remembered as a screen goddess, less remembered as a great patriot. Alongside American servicemen on the front lines during World War II, she risked her life to help defeat the Nazis of her native Germany. And what about Billy Carter and history's unruly presidential brothers? Were they ne'er-do-well liabilities...or secret weapons? Plus, Mobits for dead sports teams, dead countries, the dearly departed station wagon, and dragons. Yes, dragons. Rocca is an expert researcher and storyteller. He draws on these skills here. With his dogged reporting and trademark wit, Rocca brings these men and women back to life like no one else can. Mobituaries is an insightful and unconventional account of the people who made life worth living for the rest of us, one that asks us to think about who gets remembered, and why."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, a Cengage Company, Gale, Cengage Learning 2020
ISBN: 9781501197642
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Alternative Title: Great lives worth reliving
Bib Control Number: 227231

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Sep 01, 2020

An easy, informative read into little-known corners of history.

+1 on what audmel65 said

Aug 31, 2020

Very entertaining AND educational. Fun facts and nice short chapters that make for good bedtime stories for adults. We need to push for more of this history to get added to school curriculum.


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