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Assassination Vacation


From Buffalo to Alaska, Washington to Key West, cultural critic and radio commentator Vowell visits locations immortalized and influenced by ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.500

Assasinations of Presidents

by mahdi1rayattnet on Nov 10, 2011

Well researched, detailed accounts of attempts and assasinations of US Presidents. Easy to read book. A must for all historians and history buffs.


Strange But Fun

by Stu936 on Oct 13, 2011

Sarah is "different." In talking about the assinations she brings in interesting tid bits and humor.



by courtneyinatlanta on Aug 26, 2010

I like Sarah Vowell on NPR, but I'm sorry to say I don't care for her writing. This book did contain some interesting trivia, which I liked, but Vowell interjects too many of her own opinions and personal anecdotes into the book, and none of them are very interesting. It annoys me when people can't talk about anything without bringing their personal politics into it. Vowell is a super-Democrat, and while I agree with many of her opinions, that's not why I read this book. I was looking for historical trivia, not a list of reasons why she hates Bush. Also, she completely neglected the Kennedy assassination for reasons that elude me. I had been looking forward to this book, but it ended up being a pretty big letdown.


She is worth reading on anysubject

by Bubblehead on Apr 9, 2009

What a nice way to learn little knowntid-bits about a important events in our history


Laugh out loud history

by Alissa on Feb 23, 2009

Vowell is like a female, liberal democrat version of P.J. O'Rourke, and if that alone doesn't make you want to read this book, then let me add that in Assassination Vacation she manages to craft an informative and hilarious book out of her research into three historic presidential assassinations. Vowell recounts the stories behind the assassinations of Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley while traveling about to various locales that have a link to the assassinations, no matter how tenuous. Part travel-logue, part history, part memoir, Assassination Vacation also manages to draw several links between America's history and more recent historical events concerning the presidency of George W. Bush and the Iraq War.

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