Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell


The topic of presidential assassination is as somber and serious a topic as I can imagine, unless it is being examined by This American Life contributor and essayist Sarah Vowell.
In this book of essays, Vowell explores the sites, history and minutiae that surround the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley in such an engaging and witty way that these black marks on American history seem almost docile.
Vowell travels from museums to plaques to theaters that somehow bring to life the events, places and people involved in each of these three assassinations with such a matter of fact intensity that I couldn’t wait to read her next wry observation. Vowell acts as a literary tour guide through the landscape of presidential assassination with an almost irreverent attitude that is as refreshing as it is interesting. I recommend this book to history buffs, students and anyone looking for a well written social study with enough humor to make learning fun.

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