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I admit that before reading this book, I knew very little about James Garfield And Lincoln is the perennial martyr of the nineteenth century.

This actually took a lot out of me. I have been lucky to stumble into a few good ones.

I am confident enough in myself and what I say. Funny sraah that works out, as I love straight up history, but Millard went a little too far in the beatification of Garfield, while Vowell focused more on the one-man–delusional-show of Charles Guiteau.

Jul 26, Kristina rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aug 30, Kim rated it liked it Recommends it for: I really want to just maintain.

And Booth—dealing with his racism. Did you know it is likely President Lincoln was laughing whe Somehow I listened to this entire audiobook in two days. Really, though, it’s sort of a romp, where history, pop culture, and current events elide.

Huston is a little hardboiled for Hay.

And I learn a lot. My view is instead that many people run for political office not necessarily to “fix” anything, but to help themselves to money and power. It just gets [pause] very emotional—making them people again; you have to know them and even [in] some ways like them; then I have to mourn with them too, a little bit.


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I like to write about us little people sometimes, too. So you have written four books and you are still doing the radio— This American Life —and you have branched off into voice work. This was in fact no fault of your own, probably water splashed on it when you were washing black grease off of baby ducks wh Just a quick survey to pick your brains out there. I have been lucky that way. Mar 03, 6: This slight, dry, kind of sleepy-looking woman was not who you might expect when you run the words “presidential historian” through your mind in my mind, “presidential historian” is usually an older man of leisure who’s managed to be lucky enough to sadah a passion into a jobbut there she was.

McKinley and even Mrs. For example, the Spanish-American war, over which McKinley presided, bears a shocking resemblance to the current war in Iraq. Others look to see what kind of social or cultural changes they made in their times. From Buffalo Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious vacatjon of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. View all 10 comments. I LOVE footnotesjust tell me what sources you consulted.

Despite the aggressive leveling of story structures in the last decades, readers still need a way to know what things are more important than other things. Garfield’s library, of course. I was going to write another collection with the focus being on death as entertainment. Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today!


The last chapter had an interesting intersection with other books I’ve read, such as The Most Dangerous Book: I have this fantasy about writing a really upbeat book about cheerful people doing very likable things. So I replaced my creed of everlasting life vaaction life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Assassination Vacation

And it’s all fun to read, which is usually hard to do with history, much less the history of James Garfield. Such rich information framed by her odd obsessi This was a fine book! Sitting in Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC, she was struck by the same thought many people have when they go there – “Wow. On the other hand, John F.

This book was fun and interesting, and I learned a bit. Coincidence, after all, is only in the eye of the beholder. Dec 30, Lena rated it really liked it Shelves: And it was a relatively undramatic period.