Assassination Vacation

Shortly after wading through the Ludlum book (ugh), I started Sarah Vowell’s Assassination Vacation. This was a bit shorter than some of the books I’ve been reading lately (at only 7:19), plus it was quite engaging — thus, I got through it pretty quickly.

Ms. Vowell’s books are always interesting, and this one was no exception. As a side-bar, with all of the historical non-fiction and historical perspective books I’ve been reading lately, I actually am feeling like I know quite a bit more about 1860-1940 history than I ever did from High School… now, most of that is my own fault for (pick one: (a) skipping class (b) not paying attention when I was in class), but it’s still pretty cool. I like history!

Anyway, the context of this book was that she spends pretty much all of her vacations (even day trips) going to see various assassinated-president sites. Not just the “where it happened” stuff, but the “where the do-er grew up” and “where they caught him 2 days later” sites. She covers various aspects of history and historical interest for Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, and many of their related players (such as poor, jinxed Robert Todd Lincoln who was present for the assassination of all 3 of these presidents!)

Great topics. Great presentation. Great book.

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