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The President Is Dead!

The Extraordinary Stories of Presidential Deaths, Final Days, Burials, and Beyond (Updated Edition)

Published by Skyhorse
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

*Updated Edition*

A fun, anecdote-filled, encyclopedic look at the circumstances surrounding the deaths of every president and a few “almost presidents,” such as Jefferson Davis.

Packed with fun facts and presidential trivia, The President Is Dead! tells you everything you could possibly want to know about how our presidents, from George Washington to George H. W. Bush (who was the most recent president to die), met their ends, the circumstances of their deaths, the pomp of their funerals, and their public afterlives, including stories of attempted grave robbings, reinterments, vandalism, conspiracy theories surrounding their deaths, and much more.

The President Is Dead! is filled with never-before-told stories, including a suggestion by one prominent physician to resurrect George Washington from death by transfusing his body with lamb’s blood. You may have heard of a plot to rob Abraham Lincoln’s body from its grave site, but did you know that there was also attempts to steal Benjamin Harrison's and Andrew Jackson’s remains? The book also includes “Critical Death Information,” which prefaces each chapter, and a complete visitor’s guide to each grave site and death-related historical landmark. An “Almost Presidents” section includes chapters on John Hanson (first president under the Articles of Confederation), Sam Houston (former president of the Republic of Texas), David Rice Atchison (president for a day), and Jefferson Davis. Exhaustively researched, The President Is Dead! is richly layered with colorful facts and entertaining stories about how the presidents have passed.

Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

About The Author

Louis L. Picone is the award-winning author of The President Is Dead! The Extraordinary Stories of the Presidential Deaths, Final Days, Burials, and Beyond and Where the Presidents Were Born: The History and Preservation of the Presidential Birthplaces. He holds a master's in History and teaches American history at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Louis is a member of the Authors Guild, Mensa International, and the American Historical Association. He is also a trustee on the board of the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association in Caldwell, New Jersey. Louis has spoken widely on the topic of the presidents and the places we commemorate them, including at the Grover Cleveland Birthplace State Historic Site, Morristown National Historical Park, James A. Garfield National Historic Site, and the June 2016 international conference "U.S. Presidents and Russian Rulers" at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. He lives in Succasunna, New Jersey.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Skyhorse (February 4, 2020)
  • Length: 432 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781510754546

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Raves and Reviews

"[The President Is Dead!] explains it all, and then some. . . . Historian Louis L. Picone chronicles the particulars of how each of our presidents met his maker, from Washington through [George H. W. Bush], the most recent to go." New York Post

"Drawn from extensive print and online sources as well as in-person visits to all the relevant sites, the work is carefully documented yet written in a lively style." Booklist

History and trivia lovers will find treasures in this well researched yet fun-to-read book . . . There is also some occasional wit bubbling through. The book is designed for both the historian who wants to know and the traveler seeking out places of historic interest—such as the New York City Indian restaurant that was the former home of President Chester A. Arthur.” The Princeton Info

“Picone covers the deceased presidents in the order of their death with details of how and where they died, the funeral, where they are buried and in some cases post burial intrigue, and also provides visiting details of all the sites he wrote about. . . . it is written in an interesting and engaging manner that made me want to keep reading. . . . If you like American and/or presidential history this book is a must read . . . A lively page turner.”

"Oddly compelling." Newark Star Ledger

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