Richard Woodward reviews book Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell; photo (M). Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell – New York Times bestselling author of The Wordy Shipmates and contributor to NPR’s “This American Life” Sarah. What do you get when a woman who’s obsessed with death and U.S. history goes on vacation? This wacky, weirdly enthralling exploration of.

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One learns a great deal too. Yet Gy tosses off hundreds upon thousands of factual nuggets. MP3 audio – Standard Price: Yeah, because there was an assassination plot against him from the get-go.

Assassination Vacation is meant for those people I include myself here who do things like drive overnight from Omaha to Montana in order to look at a battlefield, or who call the National Park Service while driving the backroads of Wyoming looking for the Grattan Massacre monument, which is located in Farmer McDonald’s corn field, or who can’t pass by a historical marker without pulling the car over and hopping out with a camera.

Assassijation you have, well, you pretty much know what to expect. Vacatoon New York Times. And also the specific circumstances of the assassination: Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today! I really am amazed he [was able] to serve an entire first term. I was into the last chapter “McKinley’s behavior in the Philippines is just like Bush’s vacatlon the Iraq war! This is like my art history background. I feel like Vowell and I would do great on a road trip together. I knew a lot of what she mentioned about the Lincoln assassination though by no means all of itbut really, does anybody know much about Garfield or McKinley?

I was also surprised by the content of the book. Both were wars of choice, fought for material gain, and initiated by dubious claims of aggression, just for starters.

Dec 19, Dollie rated it really liked it. This article about a book on true crime is a stub. The assassins and the presidents invite the same assassiination question: People would send me that. I like American Experience and things like that.


Trivia About Assassination Vac I have a friend that confuses her with Starley Kine on This American Life because they both have funny voices but Assassinxtion Kine is a wonderful and moving storyteller.

But even for McKinley there is a plaque on the site where he was assassinated in a Buffalo [NY] neighborhood. These are people who have the gall to believe they can fix us—us and our deficit, our fossil fuels, our racism, poverty, our potholes and public schools.

Not a president, but definitely political, and assassination attempts going both ways. And an actual lighthearted look at these assassinations, which is what I thought I was getting, could have been very enjoyable. But for Garfield there is just no plaque.

She then writes about not only the experience of visiting those places including the people she encounters therebut also the history and context of the events and the sites themselves. At one point, she mentions Ackerman’s Dark Horsewhich I have on my Amazon wish list, but that’s about it. Any talk of that?

Otherwise, what would happen to the whole world if the occupant of the White House who is the commander-in-chief of the world’s police is killed by an assassin every 4 or 5 of them? Vowell travels to the locations central to her theme usually by cajoling friends and her sister to take her as apparently she has a driving phobia and along the way, she meanders into unexpected details about a national park that used to be a federal prison; Robert Todd Lincoln, the presidential jinx; and the Oneida company-that-now-sells-cookware-but-used-to-be-a-kinky-sex-cult.

We couldn’t wait to stuff down the sausages and get the hell out of there. Vowell’s ability to embrace her inner civics geek is commendable, especially for someone who was once a rock journalist. You took for granted that you would love him, but you were surprised that you ended up liking him.


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sarzh Books by Sarah Vowell. But you also spent time on the co-conspirators and this odd place Dry Tortuoga, which I had thought was further south in the Caribbean.

I mean, Mary Todd lost three of her four children; her husband was shot in the head while she held in his hand. I couldn’t believe what I’d read. This book is filled with historical characters and places but I confess that the ones I found most interesting were the ones associated with Presidents Lincoln and Garfield. Sarah Vowell has written voweell hilarious take on heritage tourism, visiting many of the sites related to our poor assassinated presidents.

Comparing assadsination love and obsession with history to the religion she rejected.

Assassination Vacation

And there really is quite a bit to fascinate in each of these three murders, from the political climate of each event to investigations of the conspirators to modern-day similarities to those previous times.

It seems odd to describe a book about such a disturbing subject as “delightful,” but Sarah has just the right sense of macabre, intellectual humor to guide us through the museums of the icky presidential bone fragments, anyone? Along the way, we get a refresher on American history, and a little contemporary comparison as well. Being interested in Presidents means a lot of things. I fully expected to love the Abraham Lincoln section the most, but since I already know so much about the guy, Vowell and her observations were really the main draw there.

On the other hand, John F. That guy was awesome! No, he was crazy. The concept of voice is another in the long list of writing program sillynesses others: