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Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
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Jul 20, 2007

it was amazing
Recommended for: anyone interested in a quirky, fact-filled historical romp
Read in July, 2007

You have to love a writer who spends her vacations following in the footsteps of fallen presidents and their assassins all the while carrying on a steady torrent of historical trivia peppered with revelations of personal, predilections and obsessions. A writer who thrills (and I mean thrills!) at finding a historical plaque identifying the very spot a president slept, dined, socialized, was shot). A woman who spends an inordinate amount of time in cemetaries. You'll love Sarah Vowell. Assassination Vacation examines the assassinations of Lincoln (goes without saying), Garfield (huh? who? you say), Mckinley (who knew he and Dubya had so much in common? and not in a good way) and their killers Booth, Guiteau, Czolgosz, in fastidiously researched, hilariously quirky prose. And then there's the fascinating bit about Robert Todd Lincoln, a.k.a. Jinxy McDeath.

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