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Read online Assassination Vacation.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Assassination Vacation Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit probity and an irreverent sense of humor With i Assassination Vacation i 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 by Sarah Vowell

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Assassination Vacation
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Number of Pages:270
Category:non-fiction, history, travel, essays, humor, memoir
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Sarah Vowell travels through the American past and in doing so investigates the dusty bumpy roads of her own life In this insightful and funny collection of personal stories Vowell widely hailed for her inimitable stories on public radio s i This American Life i ponders a number of curious questions Why is she happiest when visiting the sites of bloody struggles like Salem or Gettysburg Why do people always inappropriately compare themselves to Rosa Parks Why is a bad life in sunny California so much worse than a bad life anywhere else What is it about the Zen of foul shots And in the title piece why must doubt and internal arguments haunt the sleepless nights of the true patriot br br Her essays confront a wide range of subjects themes icons and historical moments Ike Teddy Roosevelt and Bill Clinton Canadian Mounties and German filmmakers Tom Cruise and i Buffy the Vampire Slayer i twins and nerds the Gettysburg Address the State of the Union and George W Bush s inauguration br br The result is a teeming and engrossing book capturing Vowell s memorable wit and her keen social commentary, b From the bestselling author of i Assassination Vacation i and i Unfamiliar Fishes i a humorous and insightful account of the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette the one Frenchman we could all agree on and an insightful portrait of a nation s idealism and its reality b br br On August an elderly French gentlemen sailed into New York Harbor and giddy Americans were there to welcome him Or rather to welcome him back It had been thirty years since the Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette had last set foot in the United States and he was so beloved that people showed up to cheer for him The entire population of New York at the time was br br Lafayette s arrival in coincided with one of the most contentious presidential elections in American history Congress had just fought its first epic battle over slavery and the threat of a Civil War loomed But Lafayette belonging to neither North nor South to no political party or faction was a walking talking reminder of the sacrifices and bravery of the revolutionary generation and what they wanted this country to be His return was not just a reunion with his beloved Americans it was a reunion for Americans with their own astonishing singular past br br i Lafayette in the Somewhat United States i is a humorous and insightful portrait of the famed Frenchman the impact he had on our young country and his ongoing relationship with some of the instrumental Americans of the time including George Washington Alexander Hamilton Thomas Jefferson and many more, b A gift One wonders how the world might be different if works in i The i Best American Nonrequired Reading i i were indeed required i USA Today i b br br Sarah Vowell author of i Lafayette in the Somewhat United States i and other best selling titles gilded with snark buoyant on charm NPR worked with the students of the Valencia writing lab to edit this year s anthology They compiled new fiction nonfiction poetry comics and the category defying gems that have become one of the hallmarks of this lively collection, i The Wordy Shipmates i is i New York Times i best selling author Sarah Vowell s exploration of the Puritans and their journey to America to become the people of John Winthrop s city upon a hill a shining example a city that cannot be hid br br To this day America views itself as a Puritan nation but Vowell investigates what that means and what it should mean What was this great political enterprise all about Who were these people who are considered the philosophical spiritual and moral ancestors of our nation What Vowell discovers is something far different from what their uptight shoe buckles and corn reputation might suggest The people she finds are highly literate deeply principled and surprisingly feisty Their story is filled with pamphlet feuds witty courtroom dramas and bloody vengeance Along the way she asks br br Was Massachusetts Bay Colony governor John Winthrop a communitarian Christlike Christian or conformity s tyrannical enforcer i Yes i br br Was Rhode Island s architect Roger Williams America s founding freak or the father of the First Amendment i Same difference i br br What does it take to get that jezebel Anne Hutchinson to shut up i A hatchet i br br What was the Puritans pet name for the Pope i The Great Whore of Babylon i br br Sarah Vowell s special brand of armchair history makes the bizarre and esoteric fascinatingly relevant and fun She takes us from the modern day reenactment of an Indian massacre to the Mohegan Sun casino from old timey Puritan poetry where righteousness is rhymed with wilderness to a i Mayflower i themed waterslide Throughout i The Wordy Shipmates i is rich in historical fact humorous insight and social commentary by one of America s most celebrated voices Thou shalt enjoy it