ASSASSINATION VACATION By Sarah Vowell. pp. Simon & Schuster. $ Not long ago, I made the mistake of thinking there was. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell – New York Times bestselling author of The Wordy Shipmates and contributor to NPR’s “This American Life” Sarah. What do you get when a woman who’s obsessed with death and U.S. history goes on vacation? This wacky, weirdly enthralling exploration of.

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Did a fellow as shrewd and sad and poetic and miraculously the right man for the right job at the exact right moment as Abraham Lincoln truly walk the earth until gunned down? Just like the family lives of the respective Presidents and their assassins I was especially intrigued by the tragic fate of Robert Todd Lincoln and Booth’s brother Edwin.

Speaking of guys showing up—where did you find that immensely informative speech by John Ashcroft, which you quoted? But I remember there was this proper historian and then it was all historical novelists. All three together make a continuous thread through American history. vaccation

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Lincoln’s assassination echoed from that box seat in Ford’s Theatre and shook the nation. So I replaced my creed of everlasting life with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. History has become the—.

So, yeah, it would totally lend itself to that. I was also surprised by the content of the book. John Wilkes Booth deserves some of the credit — a notion that would make the assassin want to throw up.

Sarah Vowell: Death Takes a Holiday

At one point, she mentions Ackerman’s Dark Horsewhich I have on my Amazon wish list, but that’s about it. Like Lincoln, I would like to believe the ballot is stronger than the bullet. Assassination Vacation, by Sarah Vowell. A living theater as a memorial. InVowell contributed an essay about Montana to the book State by State: From Buffalo to Alaska, Washington to the Dry Tortugas, Vowell visits locations immortalized and influenced by the spilling of politically important blood, reporting as she goes with her trademark blend of wisecracking humor, remarkable honesty, and thought-provoking criticism.

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The sign says, “The Pool reflects more than the sky and landscape. Just as I have no real interest in rah-rah flag waving—I am a patriotic person in my own way—I also have very little interest in my own authority.

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The folks in the history books, the ones staring at you from a distant netherworld called the Past, were – and this is verificable – real people. There are Indian wars and robber barons. Quotes from Assassination Vac Sarah Vowell is incredibly fascinated with all of the fascinating history behind the violent and fascinating?

Vowell covers a lot of information here, and presents it in a compelling way safah kept me picking up the book and not wanting to put it down. Some people develop a fascination with the more obscure Presidents, hoping to rescue their names and deeds from the dustbin of history. When the light off the Reflecting Pool bounced up onto Lincoln’s face, it looked as if a flashlight had been held up under his chin.

Assassination Vacation

I remembered Vowell as being a little too smart-alecky for my taste in Shipmates, even though I did learn a lot about the Puritans that I never imagined. Or maybe, in the age of Trump–who is doing everything within in his power to make America Great Again for himself and wealthy people like him–I’ve just become incredibly cynical? So anyway [laughs], it takes me awhile to think of ideas now.


We might never make it to our actual destination because we would be constantly pulling over to read the history signs that no one else I know will let me pull over to read, and I feel that we would be easily side tracked by historical detour, but man, we would learn a lot.

I remember very clearly from our last talk, your strong voqell that you would only want to work with certain people. She admires Lincoln’s steadfastness and resolve, his determination to hold the Union together, and the humanity that connected him to the rest of the common vowelll.

Jun 01, Ctgt rated it liked it Shelves: You did preface this notion of writing an upbeat book as a fantasy. The people that you are writing about, even that nutjob who shot Garfield— SV: And I found myself strangely smitten with John Wilkes Booth; every time he looked in my direction I could feel myself blush.

And once again I learned a lot about the history I was supposed ot have learned in school, but never heard about. I would love to see what she does with that topic. As in taking walks—. Why she vaccation not to do Kennedy is not explained. Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles. I was like, who is this Sarah Vowell person who goes on weird assassination vacations and then voices teenage superheroes??

And there were problems and dramas.