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Assassination Vacation
Assassination Vacation
Author: Sarah Vowell
From Publishers Weekly — 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 the first three presidential assassinations. Vowell (The Partly Cloudy Patriot), a contributor to NPR's This American Life and the voice of teenage superhero Violet Parr in The Incredibl...  more
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ISBN-13: 9780743260046
ISBN-10: 074326004X
Publication Date: 1/31/2006
Pages: 272
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3.9 stars, based on 132 ratings
Publisher: Simon Schuster
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 5
Vowell is a terrific writer, a real pleasure to read. I found the book very engaging and immediately recommended it to several friends.
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Helpful Score: 5
Vowell is a simply brilliant essayist. This book is a little less comedic and more history heavy than her other works, but no less enjoyable a read.
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Helpful Score: 4
I love the mixture of humor, history and vacation all in the same read
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Helpful Score: 4
I'm not usually big on travel books or on history, but Sarah Vowell's record of her pilgrimage to sites related to early US presidential assassinations has been one of the best books I've read this year. She has a very dry and sarcastic humor that actually comes through the page and without feeling patronizing. She actually makes me want to take a tour of DC to see all these places she's talking about.
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Helpful Score: 3
I grabbed this at a library sale, figuring that if it was bad, it was surely wishlisted. Anyways, I was very pleased to find that it was actually interesting, despite my lack of enthusiasm on the subject of American History. Yes, I am one of those people whom if you said "Garfield", I would think of the orange cat, but now I find I quite like the former president as well. Well worth the read as it's both informative and entertaining.
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This is my first Sarah Vowell, and won't be my last. Her writing style is amusing but insightful, and while you might laugh out loud at some of her passages, you also learn something along the way. Who knew that the history of presidential assassinations could be entertaining...in a good way?
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Sarah Vowell is now one of my all-time favorite authors! I absolutely adored Assassination Vacation, which surprised me a little, considering the subject matter was not of particular interest to me. Sarah has a way of making you passionate about what she writes, with her off-beat enthusiasm and wit.

I love a good travelogue, but this book has so much more to offer! Assassination Vacation is chock-full of bizarre historical tidbits, combined with Sarah's hilarious perspectives on history as well as her travels, retracing the steps of three past presidents (Lincoln, Garfield & McKinley) and their assassins. Sarah also offers a bonus chapter at the end of the book, focusing on the presidential bad-luck charm who was Robert Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's son. (He happened to be nearby or present at all three of the assassinations.)

I've already ordered "Take the Canolli" another of her books. I'm excited to read "Radio On" and "The Partly Cloudy Patriot" also by Sarah Vowell.
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I have to admit that I wasn't a fan of Sarah Vowell's after reading another book by her, but this book was an excellent read. I'm a history buff and enjoy good political discussions. This book did not disappoint. If you enjoy history, mystery, and scandal then this book will be a great read for you. Told from her personal points of views (literally and figuratively) it's a quick read that will get your brain wheels turning.


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