Assassination Vacation Audio CD – Audiobook, April 4, 2005
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- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 0743540050
- ISBN-13 : 978-0743540056
- Product Dimensions : 5.13 x 1.1 x 5.88 inches
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Audio; Abridged Edition (April 4, 2005)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,112,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sarah Vowell discussed her new book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States. While Lafayette is an interesting character, when she mentioned Lincoln and Garfield in Assassination Vacation, my fascination peaked. Since I was unfamiliar with Ms. Vowell's work, a book on a topic I was interested in seemed like a good place to start.
Sarah is a history buff and her research is flawless. She vacations at all kinds of remote spots and hideaways where long forgotten bits of history have happened. And she drags her friends, twin sister and 3 year old nephew, Owen, along with her. They all seem to understand this quirky side of her and happily investigate with her. We are lead down dark trails and city sidewalks in search of the plaque that marks the historical spot. I never knew we were a nation of so many plaques. I'll pay more attention to them next time.
The tales of assassinations of our presidents are told in a funny, sarcastic and entertaining way. I learned so much by reading Sarah's version. Fifty percent of this book was dedicated to the story of Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, Dr. Mudd and the people surrounding them. I enjoyed that but I was really looking forward to learning about Garfield. Sarah didn't devote as many pages to Garfield much to my disappointment. I'm kind of a freak about Cleveland and Lakeview Cemetery where he's entombed. I visited it on my vacation.
Assassination Vacation is a great way to learn about the rich and diverse history of the United States. Sarah puts her own personal spin on what can be dry and dull. Laughter is not only the best medicine but can also be the best teacher.
The book itself, Assassination Vacation, by Sarah Vowell, is a great read penned in 2005. In a humorously, ghoulish way, she takes you to the sites where 4 American Presidents more or less breathed their last....a must read for any history lover.
The used copy I received is in great shape, not bent nor worn, just comfy, like a cozy pajama top or flannel short your boyfriend lent you.
I like used books, because...if they could only talk, imagine what they'd say.
I'd order from this site again. Quite pleased I am.
For the most part, I think this book is fantastic. I enjoy the enthusiasm Sarah shares with her readers, as her passion for the subject matter is evident. The book covers the assassinations of three of our presidents - James Garfield, William McKinley and a fellow by the name of Lincoln. The first time reading through I was disappointed there was not anything about Kennedy’s assassination, but it works better focusing on the three within a forty-year span like Sarah does (besides, a sequel focusing on the assassination’s during the 1960s would be a must purchase for me). The book primarily focuses on Lincoln’s killing, which makes sense given the spectacle of it and its impact on the United States, as well as Lincoln’s reputation. Garfield and McKinley receive less attention, but the sites of their assassinations are no longer standing and feature lone, deranged gunmen. Charles Guiteau, the killer of Garfield, appears in all his insanity and is something to behold. Readers, especially the uninitiated, will likely relish this section. The coverage of McKinley’s assassination is rather brisk, with more emphasis on his successor than the action itself.
The one ding I have on this book, which lowers it a bit in my eyes, is that the passion exhibited by Vowell covering Lincoln’s assassination fades somewhat on the other two. I am glad she covered the other two, but feel that they were a bit rushed. An entire book focused on Lincoln would have been easy to accomplish and likely attracted more outside attention. Two other books, “Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President” by Candice Millard (about Garfield’s shooting and the aftermath) and “The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century” by Scott Miller (about McKinley, natch), show that Sarah could have dug a little deeper. Perhaps her travelling companions were weirdos and tired of looking at the morbid.
This is a very good book, however, and certainly worth your time. And to answer my earlier question, Garfield's tomb wins. Lincoln's is the most regal, but there is a gothic darkness at Garfield's that you have to experience.