Mobituaries

Mobituaries

Posted by jack_miller | Published 6 months ago

With 679 ratings

By: Mo Rocca

Purchased At: $29.99

From beloved CBS Sunday Morning correspondent and humorist Mo Rocca, an entertaining and rigorously researched audiobook that celebrates the dead people who have long fascinated him.

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 number one hit podcast. Now with Mobituaries, the audiobook, 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.

I love the Mobituaries podcasts and purchased the book. It’s a really good book, it’s fun to read. I have always enjoyed Mo Rocca’s dry humor on CBS Sunday Morning and the cooking channel show My Grademonther’s Ravioli. I love this book, he is not only talking about death people and he’s also had stories about death of the fantastic dragons, death of a sports team, death of tree and more…

- jessie_morales

Writing something both informative and entertaining is challenging to say the least. Rocca excels. A book that can be consumed in bites readily, the reader encounters interesting and enriching obscure bits of history. Even many of the asides are endearing. I repeatedly mentally exclaimed, "Wait, tell us more about that!" The uncanny links between scenarios from disciplines or centuries far removed from one another were fun discoveries. Enjoy.

- lukas_martin

This is a terrific book with lots of interesting facts. Rocca has put together a collection of intriguing details about the "deaths," not only of individuals who may not have been given a proper sendoff originally, but of reputations, fads, movements, and even countries. A great gift idea for those who enjoy unusual and little-known facts.

- sebastian_perez

Enjoyed learning about other people. Love Sunday Morning show which reviewed this book.

- anika_foster

Perhaps it’s just me, but after starting pretty well, the author lost me for a variety of reasons. The book turned into a slog. I know it’s his book but as it continues it becomes more about him and his views than those he is writing about. I stayed through to the end so I could honestly review. But parts of me wish I had just given up and moved on.

- sonny_kim

I love Mo and everything he does. This book takes the podcast and both adds information and stories. It's a wonderful read.

- brayson_rivera

I got this as an audiobook, loved it and bought the hardcover version as a gift for someone for Christmas. the obts are funny, interesting and informative....gret travel book.

- colin_ramirez

A confusing title. One generally thinks of death in regard to obits. Not so for Mo Rocca. His selection of subjects is exciting. I liked The Stationwagon segment as being totally off the wall, yet very enlightening. A good read

- meredith_myers

Awesome. Quick shippibg. Perfect!!

- gideon_brown

Very informative and amusing

- valentin_harris

It was a very interesting read

- collins_davis

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