Assasination Vacation Essays

1464 Words May 29th, 2008 6 Pages
When the topic comes to presidential assassins, most people will not use the word amusing and assassins in the same sentence; however; Dan Danbom, a reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, proved otherwise and stated that Vowell has succeeded in creating a “humorous” historical context by writing “I can confidently say that Sarah Vowel’s Assassination Vacation is the most amusing book you’ll read this year about presidential assassinations” (Danbom). Sarah Vowel’s purpose of Assassination Vacation is to allow readers to have a look at both sides of history to shed light on the assassins, to reanimate moments lost to history, and to make her book more interesting by using her unique style of writing; although she fails miserably by adding in …show more content…
We now do. Having the tissue allows you to go back in and ask new questions of old specimens” (Vowell 95).Vowell thinks that by saving a piece of the body allows future testing to figure out something that could not be figured out with the technology at that time. Vowell is successful in reanimating the moments that are lost to history by reexamination and analyzing about the historical artifacts that have been passed on from before.

Vowell is successful in using her unique style of writing to engage the readers to continue reading. Most historical nonfiction books only give tedious and boring facts. Although Vowell also gives the readers a lot of facts, she tells the events in a story line, trying to simulate what happened as if we were actually there. When Vowell talked about the preparation to visit Mudd’s house “…and old article from the Washington Post travel section, directions from carious locals gassing up their cars, and six printouts from MapQuest.com, are lost for two hours” (Vowell 77). Vowell uses her own traveling experience to entertain and guide the reader on a "road trip" instead of just a historical walk through of what happened. This allows the reader to pay more attention because it certainly feels like one is on a road trip instead of just reading a didactic book at home. Vowell also gives interesting details about events that happened in order to entertain the readers while reading. While including

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