Assassination Vacation

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 4, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 272 pages
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New York Times bestselling author of The Word Shipmates and contributor to NPR’s “This American Life” Sarah Vowell embarks on a road trip to sites of political violence, from Washington DC to Alaska, to better understand our nation’s ever-evolving political system and history.

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This was well-written and well researched. - Goodreads
Nobody does readable history writing like Sarah Vowell. - Goodreads
Educational and quirky. - Goodreads
Clever premise but the execution isn't exactly perfect. - Goodreads
I couldn't get into the writing style. - Goodreads
An interesting change of pace for me... - Goodreads

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User Review  - Susan Howson - Goodreads

Just compelling as hell, that's all. The audiobook is so funny. History! Read full review

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User Review  - Angie - Goodreads

History nerds, don't miss this book. Treat yourself and see to it that you listen to it on audiobook. I'm sure it's an interesting read in text form, but Sarah Vowell's reading of it takes it to a new level of brilliance. (This from a girl who doesn't usually like audiobooks.) Read full review

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Page 26 - Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged.

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The Kennedy Assassination
Peter Knight
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About the author (2005)

Sarah Vowell is a contributing editor for public radio's This American Life and has written for Time, Esquire, GQ, Spin, Salon, McSweeneys, The Village Voice, and the Los Angeles Times. She is the author of Radio On, Take the Cannoli, and The Partly Cloudy Patriot. She lives in New York City.

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