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Assassination Vacation

Vowell, Sarah (Audiobook CD - 2005 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Sarah Vowell travels across the United States, bringing into sharp focus the figures involved in the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley, as well as the social and political circumstances that led to each. She exposes some glorious conundrums of American history in a witty, sometimes irreverent manner.
Authors: Vowell, Sarah, 1969-
Title: Assassination vacation
[sound recording]
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2005
Characteristics: 6 sound discs (7 hrs.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Sarah Vowell
Notes: Abridged
Compact discs
Summary: Sarah Vowell travels across the United States, bringing into sharp focus the figures involved in the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley, as well as the social and political circumstances that led to each. She exposes some glorious conundrums of American history in a witty, sometimes irreverent manner.
ISBN: 9780743540056
0743540050
0743540042
9780743540049
Branch Call Number: CD- 973.099 V974aa
Performers: Read by the author, with special guests: Brad Bird, Eric Bogosian, Dave Eggers, Greg Giraldo, Daniel Handler, Catherine Keener, Stephen King, Tony Kushner, Conan O'Brien, David Rakoff, Jon Stewart.
Subject Headings: Vowell, Sarah, 1969- Travel United States Presidents Assassination United States Presidents United States Biography Presidents Homes and haunts United States Assassins United States Biography Assassins Homes and haunts United States Historic sites United States United States History, Local United States Description and travel
Genre/Form: Audiobooks
Topical Term: Presidents
Presidents
Presidents
Assassins
Assassins
Historic sites
Publisher No: 0-7435-4004-2 Simon & Schuster Audio
B00743 Recorded Books
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Sarah Vowell travels across the United States, bringing into sharp focus the figures involved in the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley, as well as the social and political circumstances that led to each. She exposes some glorious conundrums of American history in a witt... Read More »

Assassination Vacation takes us on a road trip like no other -- a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage.

Sarah Vowell recounts the details of her obsessive vacation to places associated with the assassinations of three US presidents.


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May 30, 2010
  • Ubalstecha rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Assassination Vacation is Sarah Vowell's record of her obsessive vacation to any place associated with the assassinations of three US presidents. We follow the author around as she visits former law offices, vacation homes, even places where autopsies take place. As we get the travel log, we are also treated to an intimate history of the three assassinations.

The only criticism I have of this book is that there is no Kennedy in this book. I would have loved to have Vowell's caustic, but very astute eye turned on Camelot and everything around that day in Texas. This addition would have made the book a step above.

Vowell reads her own audiobook, which gives the wrok a far more intimate feel. In addition, there are guests to read the writings of various players in the stories. Most notably, John Stewart as James Garfield was the best of these.

Worth the time.

Dec 02, 2009
  • GailRoger rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was an audio-book and like most humourous books read by the author, I'd probably have found it funnier if I'd read it, rather than listened to it. Sarah Vowell has a flat lackadaisical voice which may be funny for some; I found it a wee bit wearing. However, it is rather fun to hear her high-profile buddies such Conan O'Brien, Brad Bird, and Stephen King fill in for the various historical voices.

As a book, it is a thoroughly enjoyable read, and an interesting insight to a more liberal brand of American patriotism. I would like to know what beefs Ms Vowell has with Canadians, though. She takes a couple of swipes at us. Maybe that was meant to be just playful...

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