Book Discussion: Mourning the Presidents by Lindsay M. Chervinsky and Matthew R. Costello

Photo Courtesy: University of Virginia Press, 2023


The death of a chief executive, regardless of the circumstances—sudden or expected, still in office or decades later—is always a moment of reckoning and reflection. In Lindsay M. Chervinsky and Matthew R. Costello edited Mourning the Presidents, renowned and emerging scholars examine how different generations and communities of Americans have eulogized and remembered US presidents since George Washington’s death in 1799.



Over twelve individually illuminating chapters, this volume offers a unique approach to understanding American culture and politics by uncovering parallels between different generations of mourners, highlighting distinct experiences, and examining what presidential deaths can tell us about societal fissures at various critical points in the nation’s history, right up to the present moment.



Matthew Costello

Vice President, The David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History, White House Historical Association; Adjunct Professorial Lecturer of History, American University


David Woolner

Professor of History, Marist College; Senior Fellow and Resident Historian, The Roosevelt Institute; Senior Fellow, Center for Civic Engagement, Bard College


Chester Pach

Associate Professor of History, Ohio University



Soumava Basu

Soumava Basu

President and Founder, CGC


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