Friday, June 4, 2010

Book Review: Assassination Vacation

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

This nonfiction journey through the story behind the first three assassinated presidents (Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley) and the men who gunned them down was a more interesting read than any American history book I read in school. In large part because Vowell is obsessed with presidential history. But not just presidents... death too.

So naturally she's intrigued by those presidents who have been assassinated. She drags her friends and family as well as the reader along with her on her pilgrimages to visit anything even remotely connected to the assassinations to see her sacred relics related to their histories visiting graves, statues, museums and even the small plaques that commemorate various historical events.

Full of snark Vowell's recounting of the people as well as the political and social circumstances of those times were captivating and tinged with her political views that were not difficult to discern.

The tone and style will not be for everyone. But if you like snarkiness and history, it's an interesting read.

Next month - The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry

Disclosure: No one paid me in any way, form or fashion to do this review.


passport in my pocket said...

I have to say, I am a huge fan of Sarah Vowell. She's a frequent contributor to the NPR radio shows I listen to – I think they did an interview for her on this book? But I haven't read it yet. Thanks for the review!

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