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Assassination Vacation por Sarah Vowell
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Assassination Vacation (original 2005; edição 2006)

por Sarah Vowell

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A tour of key historic sites in America where incidents of political violence have occurred reveals lesser-known points of interest pertaining to each and shares information about how history has been shaped by popular culture and tourism.
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Título:Assassination Vacation
Autores:Sarah Vowell
Informação:Simon & Schuster (2006), Paperback, 258 pages
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Assassination Vacation por Sarah Vowell (2005)

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It's hard to imagine that a book about history - specifically the history of assassinated presidents - could be considered entertaining, let alone funny. But in her typical polished but quirky style, Sarah Vowell manages to present us with yet another tour de force of historical trivia, one that is funnier than The Partly Cloudy Patriot, and somehow more reverential at the same time.

Published in 2005, the book is part memoir and part rambling textbook, covering her various travels (what she sees somewhat as a pilgrimmage) to walk in the steps of famous and infamous people leading up to the assassinations of Presidents Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley and James Garfield. Whether the footsteps she is following are those of Czolgosz, John Wilkes Booth, or Abraham Lincoln himself, you can be assured that there will be a good story to tell.

This is an easy-to-read book, that has some poignant moments (especially considering the life of Robert Todd Lincoln) and some hilarious moments. I literally laughed out loud, and Vowell seems to ensure at least one quip, joke or funny aside appears on every page. Still, the humor comes naturally and never seems too forced.

Probably the best part of her books is most succinctly presented here, with Vowell unashamedly showing her reverence for history, presidents, and the troubled travels through American politics. She is a true patriot, one that does not take facts blindly but seeks to find the story behind the scenes, and then to describe it to her readers in concise, often eye-opening ways. Readers find themselves learning without feeling like they are in a classroom. She presents standard facts but also some that clearly required some specialized research.

Her voice is a unique one, and one that is an enjoyable companion, whether you are reading at the beach, on a trip, or in your armchair. Even when she is not talking history, her accounts of her travels, dragging her sister, nephew and various other people to seemingly anti-climactic meccas, and her off-kilter thoughts on the political process make for a fun read.

For your enjoyment, some quotes from the opening pages:

"I was there to visit Chesterwood, the house and studio once belonging to Daniel Chester French, the artist responsible for the Abraham Lincoln sculpture in the Lincoln Memorial. A nauseating four-hour bus ride from the Port Authority terminal just to see the room where some patriotic chiseler came up with a marble statue? For some reason, none of my friends wanted to come with."

"I understand why other people would want to stay in B&Bs. They're pretty. They're personal. They're "quaint," a polite way of saying "no TV." They are "romantic," i.e., every object large enough for a flower to be printed on it is going to have a flower printed on it. They're "cozy," meaning that a guest has to keep her belongings on the floor because every conceivable flat surface is covered in knickknacks, except for the one knickknack she longs for, a remote control."

"It's one of the few perks of assassination. In death, you get upgraded into a saint no matter how much people hated you in life."

"Once I knew my dead presidents and I had become insufferable, I started to censor myself. There were a lot of get-togethers with friends where I didn't hear half of what was being said because I was sitting there, silently chiding myself, Don't bring up McKinley. Don't bring up McKinley."

"A pilgrimage needs a destination. For medieval Christians, that was usually the cathedral of Saint James in northern Spain. This tour of the assassinations of Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley ends up at the Lincoln Memorial because that's where I'm always ending up. "

In addition, here is a link to the author reading an excerpt from Assassination Vacation on NPR (you may recognize her voice from This American Life and as Violet from The Incredibles):

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4646283
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1 vote irrelephant | Feb 21, 2021 |
Vowell finds herself a lot more hilarious than I do. ( )
  AldusManutius | Jul 5, 2020 |
Her writing was as brilliant as ever, but I thought the subject matter was a little thin for stretching out into a whole book. I enjoyed her meandering into all the tangental topics, but sometimes it comes at the expense of more closely related topics that are barely touched upon. Almost no time is spent trying to flesh out McKinley as an individual, for instance, while page after page is devoted to Teddy Roosevelt. Several pages are devoted to Emma Goldman's relationships, but there's very little discussion of anarachism and why it was such an attractive philosophy in that era. ( )
  James_Maxey | Jun 29, 2020 |
Got this on CD and was unable to listen to even the first disc without giving up. Why they would let an author with a lisp and that tone of voice read her own work is a marketing decision I can't get on board with. Horrible.
  gakgakg | May 28, 2020 |
Utterly delightful book. Sarah Vowell's enthusiasm for presidential assassinations is completely adorable and I wanted to hug her for every macabre fact she wrote down. ( )
  hatingongodot | May 3, 2020 |
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Grandfather, principal, history teacher, Muskogee County commissioner, wiseacre, and Democrat. What I wouldn't give to hear him cuss that a book about three Republicans has been dedicated in his name.
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Please do not combine the abridged audiobook of Sarah Vowell's Assassination Vacation with the unabridged full text of that work. Thank you.
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