Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

In Literature on October 2, 2008 at 11:30 pm

Sarah travels around the country researching the assassinations of US Presidents Lincoln, McKinley, and Garfield.  The book is an interesting read because not only does Sarah Vowell discuss the actual assassinations but she goes into great detail about the men accused, the situations leading up to the day of, and their families.  Assassination Vacation takes the reader to the assassinators houses, the fallen Presidents death beds and any place in between that might seem noteworthy. Sarah Vowell also finds room in this book to include very interesting historical tidbits about NYC and its various parks and statues.  It opened up my eyes to the different things I walk passed every day. The novel’s congested information created a sometimes arduous read, but overall I found it to be a great purchase despite its difficulties.

  1. This is a fantastic book. I didn’t find it arduous at all. Vowell’s other books provide equally provocative insight into American society, especially The Slightly Cloudy Patriot.

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