Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving by Mo Rocca

From Goodreads: “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.”


I’ve never listen to the podcast, but saw a segment on CBS This Morning with Rocca and Tombstones of the famous, which then mentioned this book, Mobituaries. I thought I was going to get some history along with looks at famous people’s tombstones. WRONG.

That’s not to say that the book isn’t interesting, it just wasn’t what I was expecting.
Luckily Mo Rocca and I have some similar interests, but the randomness of the book really threw me off. One minute he’s talking about Satchel Paige, the next he’s talking about the death of the station wagon, or some trees at a southern university that died because someone poisoned them. I preferred the stories about real people, not things.

This book is designed more for a chapter-a-day, rather than a straight read-through, which is what I unfortunately did. It was good, but not great. And what’s up with no pictures?

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