Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain (Paperback)

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At times humorous and
melancholy, this book follows an out of work journalist as he sets off
with the coroner who performed the autopsy on Albert Einstein on a
fascinating journey across the United States to deliver the famed
physicist’s brain to one of his descendants. Along the way, these two
very different men reflect on the life of one of the greatest intellects
the world has ever known, taking the reader from Einstein’s childhood
to his death on April 18, 1955. During the trip, the two men get to know
one another better, and also get a better understanding of the United
States as both a country and a concept. This is one of those "too
incredible to be true" stories, and the fact that it actually happened
makes it all the more fascinating. The writing is straightforward but
evocative, the story is fun and absorbing, and the characters are all
quirky and lovable. It's also very cinematic. As I was reading it, I
could almost picture the movie in my head, and I could practically hear
the jaunty indie rock soundtrack throughout. I guarantee that once you
embark on this journey, you won’t want it to end.

— Chris

At times humorous and melancholy, this book follows an out of work journalist as he sets off with the coroner who performed the autopsy on Albert Einstein on a fascinating journey across the United States to deliver the famed physicist’s brain to one of his descendants. Along the way, these two very different men reflect on the life of one of the greatest intellects the world has ever known, taking the reader from Einstein’s childhood to his death on April 18, 1955. During the trip, the two men get to know one another better, and also get a better understanding of the United States as both a country and a concept. This is one of those "too incredible to be true" stories, and the fact that it actually happened makes it all the more fascinating. The writing is straightforward but evocative, the story is fun and absorbing, and the characters are all quirky and lovable. It's also very cinematic. As I was reading it, I could almost picture the movie in my head, and I could practically hear the jaunty indie rock soundtrack throughout. I guarantee that once you embark on this journey, you won’t want it to end.

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Description


Albert Einstein's brain floats in a Tupperware bowl in a gray duffel bag in the trunk of a Buick Skylark barreling across America. Driving the car is journalist Michael Paterniti. Sitting next to him is an eighty-four-year-old pathologist named Thomas Harvey, who performed the autopsy on Einstein in 1955 -- then simply removed the brain and took it home. And kept it for over forty years.

On a cold February day, the two men and the brain leave New Jersey and light out on I-70 for sunny California, where Einstein's perplexed granddaughter, Evelyn, awaits. And riding along as the imaginary fourth passenger is Einstein himself, an id-driven genius, the original galactic slacker with his head in the stars. Part travelogue, part memoir, part history, part biography, and part meditation, Driving Mr. Albert is one of the most unique road trips in modern literature.

About the Author


Michael Paterniti won the 1998 National Magazine Award for his article "Driving Mr. Albert," which was first published in Harper's Magazine. A former executive editor of Outside, his work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, Details, and Esquire, where he is writer-at-large. He lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife and son.

Praise For…


"Eccentric, implausible, hilarious, infuriating, and ultimately mesmerizing."
-- The Washington Post Book World

"A splendid peek into the weird side of American life. Driving Mr. Albert is a work of ... uncommon intelligence."
-- Newsweek

"One of the most fascinating and memorable road trips since Kerouac's On the Road."
-- The Denver Post

"Driving Mr. Albert is entertaining, absurd, real, deep and informative ... in a world in which it seems that all the good ideas have been taken, it is singular."
-- The Boston Globe

"Paterniti seems to have been favored by that happy little god of travel writers who sits on one shoulder and whispers ... the perfect anecdotes, the perfect set pieces at the perfect moments. ... It's a brain, in fact, that I'd be happy to travel with again."
-- The New York Times Book Review


Product Details
ISBN: 9780385333030
ISBN-10: 038533303X
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
Publication Date: June 5th, 2001
Pages: 224
Language: English