Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
Sarah Vowell presents a unique perspective on American history and culture in her book, “Assassination Vacation.” Through her witty and irreverent sense of humor, she explores the intriguing complexities of American political murder and the various ways it has been exploited for personal gain and societal advantage. Vowell takes readers on a captivating road trip, visiting the locations associated with these assassinations and immersing herself in the history they represent.
From Buffalo to Alaska, Washington to the Dry Tortugas, Vowell provides insightful commentary on the impact these infamous acts of violence have had on the American psyche. She shares fascinating details about Robert Todd Lincoln, who had the unfortunate distinction of being present at the assassinations of three U.S. presidents. Vowell also delves into the political maneuvering behind the creation of the Lincoln Memorial, shedding light on the manipulation of American death as a part of popular culture, including its influence on literature, architecture, sculpture, and historical tourism.
While loss and violence are explored as prevailing themes, Vowell injects lighter moments into the narrative. She offers captivating glimpses into the lives of the assassinated presidents and their killers, including unexpected topics such as mummies, show tunes, mean-spirited totem poles, and a nineteenth-century biblical sex cult. These diversions provide a unique and well-rounded perspective on the historical events and personalities surrounding these tragic acts.
Vowell’s “Assassination Vacation” is not just a travelogue or a history lesson; it is a captivating exploration of American society’s obsession with death and its manipulation for personal, political, and cultural gain. With her trademark blend of humor, honesty, and thought-provoking critique, Vowell challenges readers to consider the intersection of history, myth, and entertainment within the fabric of American identity.
Assassination Vacation: A Humorous and Educational Journey through American History
If you enjoy a blend of history, pop culture, and a touch of irreverent humor, then look no further – this is the article for you. Serravalle embarks on a captivating journey through every site associated, even remotely, with the lives and assassinations of three American Presidents: Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley. These three men, though their historical significance may have been limited, found themselves immortalized due to their tragic deaths. As a seasoned visitor to numerous Civil War battlegrounds, I found Serravalle’s perspective truly enlightening. She fearlessly delves into all the peculiar and neglected details from history books, making this article a refreshingly entertaining read. Countless bouts of laughter were interspersed with valuable lessons about American history.