Vowell is a terrific writer, a real pleasure to read. I found the book very engaging and immediately recommended it to several friends.
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.
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.
I love the mixture of humor, history and vacation all in the same read
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.