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by Sarah Vowell

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ISBN:
0786278528
ISBN13:
978-0786278527
Author:
Sarah Vowell
Publisher:
Thorndike Press; 1 edition (August 15, 2005)
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373 pages
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1764 kb
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4.2

Her book Assassination Vacation (2005) .

Her book Assassination Vacation (2005) describes a road trip to tourist sites devoted to the murders of presidents Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield and William McKinley. She is the author of two essay collections, The Partly Cloudy Patriot (2002) and Take the Cannoli (2000). Her first book Radio On: A Listener's Diary (1997), is her year-long diary of listening to the radio in 1995. She is featured prominently in the They Might Be Giants documentary Gigantic.

Assassination vacation, Sarah Vowell. p. cm. 1. Presidents - United States - Assassination. 2. Presidents - United States - Biography. 3. Presidents - Homes and haunts - United States. Her anarchism chapter enumerates the six heads of state who were assassinated in the two decades before Archduke Ferdinand was murdered in 1914: McKinley, the president of France, the empress of Austria, the king of Italy, a couple of Spanish premiers.

Sarah Vowell discussed her new book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States. While Lafayette is an interesting character, when she mentioned Lincoln and Garfield in Assassination Vacation, my fascination peaked

Sarah Vowell discussed her new book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States. While Lafayette is an interesting character, when she mentioned Lincoln and Garfield in Assassination Vacation, my fascination peaked. Since I was unfamiliar with Ms. Vowell's work, a book on a topic I was interested in seemed like a good place to start.

Her book Assassination Vacation (2005) describes a road trip to tourist sites devoted to the murders of presidents Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley.

Often referred to as a social observer, Vowell has. Her book Assassination Vacation (2005) describes a road trip to tourist sites devoted to the murders of presidents Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley. Vowell examines what these acts of political violence reveal about our national character and our contemporary society. She is also the author of two essay collections, The Partly Cloudy Patriot (2002) and Take the Cannoli (2000).

Assassination Vacation. For this savvy, far-reaching diary, celebrated journalist and author Sarah Vowell turned hers on and listened-closely, critically, creatively-for an entire year. As a series of impressions and refl. Learn as if you were to live forever. Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules. State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America.

There they were - John Wilkes Booth, Charles Guiteau, Leon Czolgosz - in tune and in the flesh.

There they were - John Wilkes Booth, Charles Guiteau, Leon Czolgosz - in tune and in the flesh ald and the klutzy girls who botched their hits on klutzy Gerald Ford, harmonizing on a toe-tapper called Everybody’s Got the Right to Be Happy, a song I cheerfully hummed walking back to the bed-and-breakfast where I was staying. Not that I. Came all the way from New York City just to enjoy a chorus line of presidential assassins. Mostly, I came to the Berkshires because of the.

I'm reading Assassination Vacation right now, a book by Sarah Vowell about her trips across America to visit destinations involved with Presidential assassinations. My description doesn't do it justice, because it's fabulously funny and interesting all at the same time

I'm reading Assassination Vacation right now, a book by Sarah Vowell about her trips across America to visit destinations involved with Presidential assassinations. My description doesn't do it justice, because it's fabulously funny and interesting all at the same time. This type of thing is right up my alley, anyway

Vowell’s voice (both spoken and written) is widely famous, more so than her name. Safe to say, few people know more about . history than Sarah Vowell

Vowell’s voice (both spoken and written) is widely famous, more so than her name. history than Sarah Vowell. Vowell’s voice (both spoken and written) is widely famous, more so than her name.

Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor

Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. With Assassination Vacation, she takes us on a road trip like no other - a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage.

A New York Times Bestseller

Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. From Buffalo to Alaska, Washington to the Dry Tortugas, she visits locations immortalized and influenced by the spilling of politically important blood. The resulting narrative is the disturbing and fascinating story of how American death has been manipulated by popular culture.

Reviews:
  • Gavigamand
In my quest to become well read, I've become hooked on a PBS show called "Well Read". The hosts are bookworms who know just the right questions to ask the authors appearing on the show. Each week features one author who has released a new book and then we are treated to a list of similar books that a reader would find comparable.

Sarah Vowell discussed her new book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States. While Lafayette is an interesting character, when she mentioned Lincoln and Garfield in Assassination Vacation, my fascination peaked. Since I was unfamiliar with Ms. Vowell's work, a book on a topic I was interested in seemed like a good place to start.

Sarah is a history buff and her research is flawless. She vacations at all kinds of remote spots and hideaways where long forgotten bits of history have happened. And she drags her friends, twin sister and 3 year old nephew, Owen, along with her. They all seem to understand this quirky side of her and happily investigate with her. We are lead down dark trails and city sidewalks in search of the plaque that marks the historical spot. I never knew we were a nation of so many plaques. I'll pay more attention to them next time.

The tales of assassinations of our presidents are told in a funny, sarcastic and entertaining way. I learned so much by reading Sarah's version. Fifty percent of this book was dedicated to the story of Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, Dr. Mudd and the people surrounding them. I enjoyed that but I was really looking forward to learning about Garfield. Sarah didn't devote as many pages to Garfield much to my disappointment. I'm kind of a freak about Cleveland and Lakeview Cemetery where he's entombed. I visited it on my vacation.

Assassination Vacation is a great way to learn about the rich and diverse history of the United States. Sarah puts her own personal spin on what can be dry and dull. Laughter is not only the best medicine but can also be the best teacher.
  • Feri
Sarah Vowell has a very specific voice that I particularly enjoy. Reading this in December of 2016 created new parallels to her stories and feelings when writing around 2004 and cant wait for her first post election book. Stream of consciousness tidbits and great tangents and spice to the main narrative about the first three assassinations - Lincoln Garfield and McKinley all of which Robert Todd Lincoln was connected to, poor soul. I don't know that I learned much, but boy was it a fun read. Going to see what else she has for me after first starting with her Lafayette book.
  • Blackseeker
My review is focused on the delightful reading of the unabridged edition of this book. I actually think that Ms Vowells work is better heard than read, particularly when read by her. If I were reading this book, I probably would have missed most of the snide comments and innuendo that permeates this offbeat history. Her reading is delightful, and for me greatly enhanced my enjoyment of her book. After hearing this book, I would like to visit many of the places she did.
  • Quendant
I am slowly working my way through Sarah Vowell's books once again and started with my favorite, Assassination Vacation. Like Ms. Vowell, I have always been a fan of American history, especially the more macabre elements. I stumbled upon this book a few years ago on accident, as someone unfamiliar with Sarah's work. I read the book rapidly the first time I read it, just as I read it rapidly this time.

For the most part, I think this book is fantastic. I enjoy the enthusiasm Sarah shares with her readers, as her passion for the subject matter is evident. The book covers the assassinations of three of our presidents - James Garfield, William McKinley and a fellow by the name of Lincoln. The first time reading through I was disappointed there was not anything about Kennedy’s assassination, but it works better focusing on the three within a forty-year span like Sarah does (besides, a sequel focusing on the assassination’s during the 1960s would be a must purchase for me). The book primarily focuses on Lincoln’s killing, which makes sense given the spectacle of it and its impact on the United States, as well as Lincoln’s reputation. Garfield and McKinley receive less attention, but the sites of their assassinations are no longer standing and feature lone, deranged gunmen. Charles Guiteau, the killer of Garfield, appears in all his insanity and is something to behold. Readers, especially the uninitiated, will likely relish this section. The coverage of McKinley’s assassination is rather brisk, with more emphasis on his successor than the action itself.

The one ding I have on this book, which lowers it a bit in my eyes, is that the passion exhibited by Vowell covering Lincoln’s assassination fades somewhat on the other two. I am glad she covered the other two, but feel that they were a bit rushed. An entire book focused on Lincoln would have been easy to accomplish and likely attracted more outside attention. Two other books, “Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President” by Candice Millard (about Garfield’s shooting and the aftermath) and “The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century” by Scott Miller (about McKinley, natch), show that Sarah could have dug a little deeper. Perhaps her travelling companions were weirdos and tired of looking at the morbid.

This is a very good book, however, and certainly worth your time. And to answer my earlier question, Garfield's tomb wins. Lincoln's is the most regal, but there is a gothic darkness at Garfield's that you have to experience.
  • Hadadel
What a bizarre idea for a travel book! Yet so well written it makes me wish I had thought of it. Ms. Vowell has a style that is unique by anyone's standards - simultaneously snarky and sensitive, and ever insightful. There is also just a bit of an edge, appropriate for a country that has managed to kill several of its elected leaders. The book focuses primarily on sites related to the Lincoln assassination - some tenuously so (e.g. the island prison where Dr. Mudd was incarcerated) - weaving her visits in and around a historical narrative that is no less accurate for betraying an ultra-modern hipness. It's the second book of hers I've read, and the best; I eagerly await acquiring the others.