Assassination vacation
    (2006, original release: 2005)

    Nonfiction

    Book

    Call Numbers:
    973.099/VOWELL,S
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PUBLISHED
New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2006
©2005
EDITION
First Simon and Schuster paperback edition
DESCRIPTION
258 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN/ISSN
9780743260046, 074326004X :, 074326004X, 0743260031, 9780743260039, 9780743260046
LANGUAGE
English
NOTES

Part memoir, part meditation, Vowell offers readers a roadmap that illuminates the myriad ways in which political assassinations have altered and shaped our nation's history

Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrumsof American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. With Assassination Vacation, she 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. From Buffalo to Alaska, Washington to the Dry Tortugas, Vowell visits locations immortalized and influenced by the spilling of politically important blood, reporting as she goes with her trademark blend of wisecracking humor, remarkable honesty, and thought-provoking criticism. We learn about the jinx that was Robert Todd Lincoln (present at the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley) and witness the politicking that went into the making of the Lincoln Memorial. The resulting narrative is much more than an entertaining and informative travelogue -- it is the disturbing and fascinating story of how American death has been manipulated by popular culture, including literature, architecture, sculpture, and -- the author's favorite -- historical tourism. Though the themes of loss and violence are explored and we make detours to see how the Republican Party became the Republican Party, there are all kinds of lighter diversions along the way into the lives of the three presidents and their assassins, including mummies, show tunes, mean-spirited totem poles, and a nineteenth-century biblical sex cult.-- publisher description