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Mobituaries : great lives worth reliving (urspr publ 2019; utgåvan 2019)

av Mo Rocca

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"Mo Rocca has always loved obituaries -- reading about the remarkable lives of world leaders, captains of industry, innovators and artists. But not every notable life has gotten the send-off it deserves. With Mobituaries -- the book companion to the CBS podcast of the same name -- the journalist, humorist, and history buff is righting that wrong, profiling the people who have long fascinated him -- from the 20th century's greatest entertainer... to sitcom characters gone all too soon... to a shamefully forgotten Founding Father. Even if you know the names, you've never understood why they matter... until now. In these pages, Rocca chronicles the stories of the people who made a difference, but whose lives -- for some reason or another -- were never truly examined. There's Thomas Paine, whose Common Sense lit the fuse for the American Revolution -- and whose paltry obit summed up his life thusly: "He had lived long, did some good, and much harm." And then there's screen icon Audrey Hepburn. She remains a household name, but how much do we know about her wartime upbringing and how it shaped the woman we fell in love with? And what about Billy Carter and history's unruly presidential brothers? Were they ne'er-do-well liabilities... or secret weapons? As a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and the host of The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation, Rocca is an expert researcher and storyteller. He draws on these skills here. With his rigorous reporting and trademark wit, Rocca brings these men and women splendidly 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." --… (mer)
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Titel:Mobituaries : great lives worth reliving
Författare:Mo Rocca
Info:New York : Simon and Schuster, 2019.
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Betyg:****
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2021 book #71. 2019. Based on a podcast, a series of essays on people, places and things that have either been forgotten or not remember correctly. Interesting read. A wide variety of topics from the death of some oak trees at Auburn U to Lord Byron's aid to Greek revolutionaries ( )
  capewood | Nov 13, 2021 |
Mo Rocca is hilarious on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and his book is always plugged in his intro so I thought I'd give it a chance. In the end, this book was interesting, but it didn't really fit my audiobook habits. I will probably try to see if the podcast works better for me because the topics seem so interesting.

It was nice to have the author narrate the audio version. I kind of felt like I already knew some of the facts, so when those stories came up I kind of dismissed them. Probably just a timing issue. ( )
  Emma.June.Lyon | Nov 1, 2021 |
Interesting, oddball and unexpected stories, engagingly written. ( )
  ReadMeAnother | Jul 7, 2021 |
A compilation of strange and unusual lives and how they were seen upon their eventual demise. The book at times was entertaining with some unusual or odd tales interspersed. If found myself wanting to get through it however as it dragged on and I eventually rejoiced in its own demise. ( )
  knightlight777 | Dec 19, 2020 |
Thanks to NetGalley for this book.

I think I was expecting actual obituaries and it wasn't this. I wanted unusual obituaries of people but all I got was explanations about different people in life. ( )
  sweetbabyjane58 | Sep 19, 2020 |
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"Mo Rocca has always loved obituaries -- reading about the remarkable lives of world leaders, captains of industry, innovators and artists. But not every notable life has gotten the send-off it deserves. With Mobituaries -- the book companion to the CBS podcast of the same name -- the journalist, humorist, and history buff is righting that wrong, profiling the people who have long fascinated him -- from the 20th century's greatest entertainer... to sitcom characters gone all too soon... to a shamefully forgotten Founding Father. Even if you know the names, you've never understood why they matter... until now. In these pages, Rocca chronicles the stories of the people who made a difference, but whose lives -- for some reason or another -- were never truly examined. There's Thomas Paine, whose Common Sense lit the fuse for the American Revolution -- and whose paltry obit summed up his life thusly: "He had lived long, did some good, and much harm." And then there's screen icon Audrey Hepburn. She remains a household name, but how much do we know about her wartime upbringing and how it shaped the woman we fell in love with? And what about Billy Carter and history's unruly presidential brothers? Were they ne'er-do-well liabilities... or secret weapons? As a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and the host of The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation, Rocca is an expert researcher and storyteller. He draws on these skills here. With his rigorous reporting and trademark wit, Rocca brings these men and women splendidly 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." --

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