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Mobituaries (2019)

de 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." --… (mais)
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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 |
This was an enjoyable light listen. Well suited 1o listening for 15 or 20 minute intervals. I found when I listened for longer than that it just started to drone on like Charlie Brown's teacher.

I am one of those people who loves going down internet rabbit holes, often about discrete historical events or figures, and Rocca clearly belongs to this tribe as well. He is clever and funny, and many of the snippets here are fun and interesting. I knew a lot of the information packed in here (see above re rabbit holes, and also, like Rocca, I used to read the World Book Encyclopedia for fun) but some was new, and some things I knew I had forgotten about and enjoyed being reminded.

In the end this was a pleasant trivia-filled escape from Coronavirus and police murdering Black people, and I really needed that escape. ( )
  Narshkite | Jul 24, 2020 |
this is a quirky and interesting read, full of information and mo rocca's geeky charm.

my reaction to it reminded me of how i feel about the olympics - i love them so much because i love to watch people excel at things, and even if it's not a sport i care about, it's amazing. this book is like that, for trivia or tidbits of random information. it's so interesting, and he touches on so many different things and topics, although it skews heavily toward art and political history. there were only a few essays that i wasn't interested in (although a handful that i thought i wouldn't like, until he got into them; he makes things that i don't care about interesting somehow). i like his premise here, that he is bringing back into the forefront the people and things that never got the send-off they deserved when they died or passed from our consciousnesses.

i've always liked mo rocca, and if i listened to podcasts, i'd definitely listen to his (which this book is apparently based from).

this amazing quote from thomas paine in the age of reason: "I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church. All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit." ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Jul 18, 2020 |
I gave this one a 5-star rating because it's just such an enjoyable book - quirky, informative and fun. I've always been fond of a well-written obituary, and this is a book full of them! Not just people, but a country (Prussia), reputations, movements, and trees are memorialized here with grace and humor.
I like Mo Rocca on TV (mostly CBS This Morning) and he did not disappoint! ( )
  MarthaHuntley | Apr 24, 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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