375 pages : illustrations (color) ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 340-375).
DEATH OF THE FANTASTIC: DRAGONS (3000 BC-1735) -- ...and Other Mythological Creatures We Used to Think Were Real
DEATH OF A FOUNDING FATHER: THOMAS PAINE (1737-1809) -- ...and Other Famously Disembodied Body Parts
FORGOTTEN FORERUNNER: ELIZABETH JENNINGS (1827-1901) -- "The Rosa Parks of New York"
DEATH OF AN INFLUENCER: BEAU BRUMMELL (1778-1840) -- ...and Other Dead Fashion Trends
DEATH OF AN AMERICAN STORY: CHANG AND ENG BUNKER (1811-1874) -- ...Other Sideshow Sensations
DEATH OF REPRESENTATION: THE BLACK CONGRESSMEN OF RECONSTRUCTION (1870-1901) -- ...and Other Political Firsts Who Didn't Make Your High School History Book
FORGOTTEN FORERUNNER: LOIS WEBER (1879-1939) -- "When a Woman Ruled Hollywood"
DEATH OF MEDIEVAL SCIENCE (800-1928) -- ...and Other Science That Was Less Than Scientific
DEATH OF A SPORTS TEAM: LOS DRAGONES DE CIUDAD TRUJILLO -- ...and Other Teams You Can't Root for Anymore
FORGOTTEN FORERUNNER: ADA LOVELACE (1815-1852) -- "The Byronic Woman"
DEATH OF A COUNTRY: PRUSSIA (1525-1947) -- ...and Other Places You Won't Find on a Map -- Heroes of the New Jersey Turnpike
DEATH OF A FUNNY GIRL: FANNY BRICE (1891-1951) -- ...and Other Historical Figures Eclipsed by the Actors Who Played Them
BEFORE AND AFTER: THE PRE-PRESIDENCY: HERBERT HOOVER (1874-1964) AND THE POST-PRESIDENCY: JOHN QUINCY ADAMS (1767-1848) -- The Mount Rushmore of Terrible Presidents -- The Graveyard of Failed Presidential Candidates
FORGOTTEN FORERUNNER: MOSES FLEETWOOD WALKER (1857-1924) -- "Before Jackie"
DEATH OF A DIAGNOSIS: HOMOSEXUALITY AS A MENTAL ILLNESS (1952-1973) -- ...and Other Defunct Diagnoses
REPUTATION ASSASSINATION: A STORY OF THREE KILLINGS: GIACOMO MEYERBEER (1791-1864), ARNOLD BENNETT (1867-1931), AND DISCO (1970-1979) -- ...and Other Ruined Reputations
FORGOTTEN FORERUNNER: THE WASHINGTONIAN MOVEMENT (1840-1860) -- "Before AA"
DEATH OF A BROTHER: BILLY CARTER (1937-1988) -- ...and Other Black Sheep Siblings
DEATH OF THE ENTERTAINER: SAMMY DAVIS JR. (1925-1990) -- ...and Other One-Eyed Wonders
DEATH OF A SQUARE: LAWRENCE WELK (1903-1992) -- ...and Other Victims of the "Rural Purge"
DEATH OF AN ICON: AUDREY HEPBURN (1929-1993) -- ...and Other Famous People Commonly Confused with Each Other
FORGOTTEN FORERUNNER: BESSIE COLEMAN (1892-1926) -- "The Aviatrix"
DEATH OF A CAREER: VAUGHN MEADER (1936-2004) -- The Story of Melba Moore's Ill-Fated Sitcom: (1986-1986) -- Where's Chuck?: The Graveyard of Disappeared and Dead Sitcom Characters
DIED THE SAME DAY: FARRAH FAWCETT (1947-2009) AND MICHAEL JACKSON (1958-2009) -- ...and Other Famous People Who Died the Same Day
DEATH OF A LEVIATHAN: THE STATION WAGON (1949-2011) -- ...and Other Things from the '70s That Could've Killed Us
FORGOTTEN FORERUNNER: HADRIAN'S WALL (128-1746) -- "The First Great Wall"
CELEBRITIES WHO PUT THEIR BUTTS ON THE LINE: ELIZABETH TAYLOR (1932-2011), MARLENE DIETRICH (1901-1992), AND LORD BYRON (1788-1824) -- ...and Other People Famous for More Than One Thing
DEATH OF A TREE: THE LIVE OAKS OF TOOMER'S CORNER (1937-2013) -- ...and Other Trees Felled Too Soon
DEDICATION: MARCEL "JACK" ROCCA (1929-2004)
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. With 'Mobituaries' - the companion book to the #1 hit 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 twentieth 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 these stories, and many more. 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.
Greenberg, Jonathan, writer.
Butler, Mitch, illustrator.