From Buffalo to Alaska, Washington to Key West, cultural critic and radio commentator Vowell visits locations immortalized and influenced by ...Show synopsisFrom Buffalo to Alaska, Washington to Key West, cultural critic and radio commentator Vowell visits locations immortalized and influenced by assassination, reporting as she goes with her trademark blend of wisecracking humor, remarkable honesty, and thought-provoking criticism.Hide synopsis
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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.
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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