Assassination Vacation

Assassination Vacation
Author: Sarah Vowell
Pages: 272
ISBN: 074326004X
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Release: 2006-02-06
Editor: Simon & Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

New York Times bestselling author of The Wordy 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. Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. With Assassination Vacation, 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.

Assassination Vacation

Assassination Vacation
Author: Sarah Vowell
Pages: 272
ISBN: 0743282531
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Release: 2005-04-04
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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.

The Housewife Assassin s Assassination Vacation Planner

The Housewife Assassin   s Assassination Vacation Planner
Author: Josie Brown
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9781970093148
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Release: 2020-04-29
Editor: Signal Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

IN THE 20TH NOVEL OF THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN SERIES: The clock is ticking as housewife assassin Donna Craig and her husband and mission partner Jack, race across the world to stop the assassinations of seven world leaders.

Unfamiliar Fishes

Unfamiliar Fishes
Author: Sarah Vowell
Pages: 238
ISBN: 9781594485640
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Release: 2012
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An irreverent analysis of late-nineteenth-century imperialism in the United States focuses on the annexation of Hawaii as a defining historical milestone, covering such contributing factors as the missionary overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy and the activities of whaling fleets.

The Housewife Assassin s Vacation to Die For

The Housewife Assassin s Vacation to Die For
Author: Josie Brown
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9780974021461
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Release: 2013-08-14
Editor: Signal Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An NSA scientist has disappeared with a deadly plague virus. Donna and Jack must find him before it is unleashed on Fantasy island. But first they'll have to deal with a nude sunbathing serial killer, a Lord of the Flies 'tween takeover, poison dart-throwing pygmies. And you call this a vacation?

The Wordy Shipmates

The Wordy Shipmates
Author: Sarah Vowell
Pages: 254
ISBN: 9781594484001
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Release: 2009
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A cultural profile of Puritan life covers a wide range of topics, from their covenant communities and deep-rooted ideologies to their beliefs about church and state and their perspectives on other faiths, in an account that also evaluates their legacy in today's world. 125,000 first printing.

The Partly Cloudy Patriot

The Partly Cloudy Patriot
Author: Sarah Vowell
Pages: 197
ISBN: 9780743243803
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Release: 2003-10
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The author shares her perspective on such topics as the 2000 election, present-day civil rights activists, and the relationship between the United States and Canada.

Take the Cannoli

Take the Cannoli
Author: Sarah Vowell
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781439126516
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Release: 2013-12-17
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A wickedly funny collection of personal essays from popular NPR personality Sarah Vowell. Hailed by Newsweek as a "cranky stylist with talent to burn," Vowell has an irresistible voice -- caustic and sympathetic, insightful and double-edged -- that has attracted a loyal following for her magazine writing and radio monologues on This American Life. While tackling subjects such as identity, politics, religion, art, and history, these autobiographical tales are written with a biting humor, placing Vowell solidly in the tradition of Mark Twain and Dorothy Parker. Vowell searches the streets of Hoboken for traces of the town's favorite son, Frank Sinatra. She goes under cover of heavy makeup in an investigation of goth culture, blasts cannonballs into a hillside on a father-daughter outing, and maps her family's haunted history on a road trip down the Trail of Tears. Take the Cannoli is an eclectic tour of the New World, a collection of alternately hilarious and heartbreaking essays and autobiographical yarns.

The Second Assassin

The Second Assassin
Author: Christopher Hyde
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781101212165
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Release: 2002-03-01
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the master of international suspense comes a tense and powerful thriller based on actual World War II events that follows two unlikely allies in a desperate race to stop the perfect assassination. The year: 1939—and the world is readying itself for war that is sure to come. The conspirators: A group of powerful men who want to keep America out of the approaching conflict—at all costs. The plan: Assassinate the King and Queen of England on American soil, destroying any hope of an alliance between Great Britain and the United States—and ensuring victory for the Nazis in World War II. Praise for Christopher Hyde “Up to the minute suspense . . . like Caleb Carr meets Frederick Forsyth.”—Lee Child, bestselling author of Echo Burning “[Hyde] draws tension with the skill of a surgeon. A story that grips you with its characters, action surprises, then won’t let go, even after you turn out the light.”—Michael Connelly, bestselling author of City of Bones “Hyde’s storytelling is pure genius.”—New York Daily News

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
Author: Sarah Vowell
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781101624012
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Release: 2015-10-20
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the bestselling author of Assassination Vacation and The Partly Cloudy Patriot, an insightful and unconventional account of George Washington’s trusted officer and friend, that swashbuckling teenage French aristocrat the Marquis de Lafayette. Chronicling General Lafayette’s years in Washington’s army, Vowell reflects on the ideals of the American Revolution versus the reality of the Revolutionary War. Riding shotgun with Lafayette, Vowell swerves from the high-minded debates of Independence Hall to the frozen wasteland of Valley Forge, from bloody battlefields to the Palace of Versailles, bumping into John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Lord Cornwallis, Benjamin Franklin, Marie Antoinette and various kings, Quakers and redcoats along the way. Drawn to the patriots’ war out of a lust for glory, Enlightenment ideas and the traditional French hatred for the British, young Lafayette crossed the Atlantic expecting to join forces with an undivided people, encountering instead fault lines between the Continental Congress and the Continental Army, rebel and loyalist inhabitants, and a conspiracy to fire George Washington, the one man holding together the rickety, seemingly doomed patriot cause. While Vowell’s yarn is full of the bickering and infighting that marks the American past—and present—her telling of the Revolution is just as much a story of friendship: between Washington and Lafayette, between the Americans and their French allies and, most of all between Lafayette and the American people. Coinciding with one of the most contentious presidential elections in American history, Vowell lingers over the elderly Lafayette’s sentimental return tour of America in 1824, when three fourths of the population of New York City turned out to welcome him ashore. As a Frenchman and the last surviving general of the Continental Army, Lafayette belonged to neither North nor South, to no political party or faction. He was a walking, talking reminder of the sacrifices and bravery of the revolutionary generation and what the founders hoped this country could be. His return was not just a reunion with his beloved Americans it was a reunion for Americans with their own astonishing, singular past. Vowell’s narrative look at our somewhat united states is humorous, irreverent and wholly original.

The Housewife Assassin s Assassination Vacation Planner

The Housewife Assassin s Assassination Vacation Planner
Author: Josie Brown
Pages: 329
ISBN: 1970093285
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Release: 2020-11-20
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Murder. Suspense. Romance. And some handy household tips.IN BOOK 20 OF THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN SERIES: The clock is ticking as housewife assassin Donna Craig and her husband and mission partner Jack, race across the world to stop the assassinations of seven world leaders. PRAISE FOR JOSIE BROWN'S BOOKS:"Brown takes a dark look at the fears of parenthood and family... Still, the message from the somber realities is one full of hope: love makes a family, commitment keeps it together." -Publishers Weekly"The writing is laced with venomous humor..." -The Wall Street Journal"A fine piece of literary work." -New York Post, Page Six"If you like Desperate Housewives, then you'll fly through this gossipy novel full of Wisteria Lane-esque characters living in a suburban jungle. Brown entertains up to the satisfying ending." -Examiner.com"A funny, engaging, and often bittersweet tale..." --Cincinnati Public Library Spotlight FeaturePRAISE FOR THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN SERIES:"Josie Brown writes with all the secrets, sex and scandal of a tabloid cover story. Truly entertaining reading." -Jackie Collins"This book hits all the right notes...I now want a week at the beach to read them all...I'm completely smitten." -Barbara Vey"This is a super sexy and fun read that you shouldn't miss!" -Mary Jacobs, Bookhounds Reviews"It's a fast-paced read, and the gadgets are awesome...The perfect combination of mystery and humour." -Curled Up with a Good Book and a Cup of Tea"The chemistry between Donna and Jack is enough to set water on fire. Go pick it up now!" -Cat's ThoughtsFor more on Josie Brown's books, go to her website: JosieBrown.com

The President and the Assassin

The President and the Assassin
Author: Scott Miller
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9780679604983
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Release: 2011-06-14
Editor: Random House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A SWEEPING TALE OF TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY AMERICA AND THE IRRESISTIBLE FORCES THAT BROUGHT TWO MEN TOGETHER ONE FATEFUL DAY In 1901, as America tallied its gains from a period of unprecedented imperial expansion, an assassin’s bullet shattered the nation’s confidence. The shocking murder of President William McKinley threw into stark relief the emerging new world order of what would come to be known as the American Century. The President and the Assassin is the story of the momentous years leading up to that event, and of the very different paths that brought together two of the most compelling figures of the era: President William McKinley and Leon Czolgosz, the anarchist who murdered him. The two men seemed to live in eerily parallel Americas. McKinley was to his contemporaries an enigma, a president whose conflicted feelings about imperialism reflected the country’s own. Under its popular Republican commander-in-chief, the United States was undergoing an uneasy transition from a simple agrarian society to an industrial powerhouse spreading its influence overseas by force of arms. Czolgosz was on the losing end of the economic changes taking place—a first-generation Polish immigrant and factory worker sickened by a government that seemed focused solely on making the rich richer. With a deft narrative hand, journalist Scott Miller chronicles how these two men, each pursuing what he considered the right and honorable path, collided in violence at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. Along the way, readers meet a veritable who’s who of turn-of-the-century America: John Hay, McKinley’s visionary secretary of state, whose diplomatic efforts paved the way for a half century of Western exploitation of China; Emma Goldman, the radical anarchist whose incendiary rhetoric inspired Czolgosz to dare the unthinkable; and Theodore Roosevelt, the vainglorious vice president whose 1898 charge up San Juan Hill in Cuba is but one of many thrilling military adventures recounted here. Rich with relevance to our own era, The President and the Assassin holds a mirror up to a fascinating period of upheaval when the titans of industry grew fat, speculators sought fortune abroad, and desperate souls turned to terrorism in a vain attempt to thwart the juggernaut of change. Praise for The President and the Assassin “[A] panoramic tour de force . . . Miller has a good eye, trained by years of journalism, for telling details and enriching anecdotes.”—The Washington Independent Review of Books “Even without the intrinsic draw of the 1901 presidential assassination that shapes its pages, Scott Miller’s The President and the Assassin [is] absorbing reading. . . . What makes the book compelling is [that] so many circumstances and events of the earlier time have parallels in our own.”—The Oregonian “A marvelous work of history, wonderfully written.”—Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post-American World “A real triumph.”—BookPage “Fast-moving and richly detailed.”—The Buffalo News “[A] compelling read.”—The Boston Globe One of Newsweek’s 10 Must-Read Summer Books

Operation Nemesis

Operation Nemesis
Author: Eric Bogosian
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780316292016
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Release: 2015-04-21
Editor: Little, Brown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A masterful account of the assassins who hunted down the perpetrators of the Armenian Genocide In 1921, a tightly knit band of killers set out to avenge the deaths of almost one million victims of the Armenian Genocide. They were a humble bunch: an accountant, a life insurance salesman, a newspaper editor, an engineering student, and a diplomat. Together they formed one of the most effective assassination squads in history. They named their operation Nemesis, after the Greek goddess of retribution. The assassins were survivors, men defined by the massive tragedy that had devastated their people. With operatives on three continents, the Nemesis team killed six major Turkish leaders in Berlin, Constantinople, Tiflis, and Rome, only to disband and suddenly disappear. The story of this secret operation has never been fully told, until now. Eric Bogosian goes beyond simply telling the story of this cadre of Armenian assassins by setting the killings in the context of Ottoman and Armenian history, as well as showing in vivid color the era's history, rife with political fighting and massacres. Casting fresh light on one of the great crimes of the twentieth century and one of history's most remarkable acts of vengeance, Bogosian draws upon years of research and newly uncovered evidence. Operation Nemesis is the result--both a riveting read and a profound examination of evil, revenge, and the costs of violence.

A Nuclear Family Vacation

A Nuclear Family Vacation
Author: Nathan Hodge,Sharon Weinberger
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781608196692
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Release: 2011-02-15
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In A Nuclear Family Vacation, husband-and-wife journalists Nathan Hodge and Sharon Weinberger hit the road to explore the secretive world of nuclear weaponry. Weaving together first-class travel writing and crack investigative journalism, the pair pursues both adventures and answers: Why are nuclear weapons still on hair-trigger alert? Is there really such a thing as a suitcase nuke? And which nuclear power plants are most likely to be covers for weapons programs? Their itinerary takes them from the Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan to the U.S.'s own top-secret "Site R," opening a unique perspective on the world's vast nuclear infrastructure and the international politics at play behind it.

Killing Hitler

Killing Hitler
Author: Roger Moorhouse
Pages: 374
ISBN: 9780553382556
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Release: 2007
Editor: Bantam
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Looks at the diverse unsuccessful attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler, profiles the various conspirators involved in the incidents, and speculates about the potential global ramifications if one of the attempts had been successful. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

Ultimate Sacrifice

Ultimate Sacrifice
Author: Lamar Waldron,Thom Hartmann
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781472113337
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Release: 2013-08-22
Editor: Constable
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Drawing on seventeen years of research, thousands of recently declassified files, and dozens of interviews, Ultimate Sacrifice re-creates and, in many ways, rewrites the crucial period of our history leading up to November 22 1923. In the process, this groundbreaking account provides the missing pieces to the greatest tragic puzzle of post-war America: the true circumstances behind the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. · Ultimate Sacrifice details a previously unknown ?Plan for a Coup in Cuba? authorized by President John Kennedy, run by Attorney General Robert Kennedy and set for December 1, 1963. · The Kennedy plan, unique and different from ant previously disclosed operation, was ? as detailed in a Joint Chiefs of Staff memo ? to have included a ?palace coup?, a provisional Cuban government and, if necessary, a ?full-scale invasion? by ?invited? US military forces. · The CIA?s code name for their part of the operation, AMWORLD, has never previously surfaced in any government investigation, nor in any book or article, making it one of the most covert operations in United States history. · Ultimate Sacrifice will detail how the Kennedy plan was penetrated by three mafia godfathers ? Carlos Marcello, Santo Trafficante, and Johnny Roselli ? being vigorously pursued by Attorney General Robert Kennedy, along with a dozen of their associates, six of whom were also working on the Coup plan. · The crime bosses then used parts of the Coup Plan/AMWORLD to arrange JFK?s assassination in a way that would prevent a truly thorough government investigation in order to protect the Coup Plan, its participants, and national security. · By using the secrecy surrounding the Plan, the mob bosses would target JFK not only in Dallas but in two earlier attempts, one in Chicago on November 1 and them one in Tampa on November 18, which Ultimate Sacrifice reveals for the first time in any book. · Ultimate Sacrifice has finally pieced together the whole story by building on the work of the seven governmental committees that have investigated aspects of the assassination, on the work of former government investigators, and on the four million documents that were declassified in the 1990s, in addition to exclusive interviews with dozens of witnesses and participants including Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Press Secretary Pierre Salinger, and the Kennedys? closest Cuban exile aide, Harry ?Ruiz? Williams.

Zero Fail

Zero Fail
Author: Carol Leonnig
Pages: 560
ISBN: 9780399589010
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Release: 2021
Editor: Random House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Carol Leonnig has been covering the Secret Service for The Washington Post for most of the last decade, bringing to light the gaffes and scandals that plague the agency today--from a toxic work culture to outdated equipment and training to the deep resentment among the ranks with the agency's leadership. But the Secret Service wasn't always so troubled. The Secret Service was born in 1865, in the wake of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, but its story begins in earnest in 1963, with the death of John F. Kennedy. Shocked into reform by their failure to protect the president on that fateful day, this once-sleepy agency was rapidly transformed into a proud, elite unit that would finally redeem themselves in 1981 by valiantly thwarting an assassination attempt against Ronald Reagan. But this reputation for courage and efficiency would not last forever. By Barack Obama's presidency, the Secret Service was becoming notorious for break-ins at the White House, an armed gunman firing at the building while agents stood by, a massive prostitution scandal in Cartagena, and many other dangerous lapses. To expose the these shortcomings, Leonnig interviewed countless current and former agents who risked their careers to speak out about an agency that's broken and in desperate need of a reform"--

The Kennedy Assassination Tapes

The Kennedy Assassination Tapes
Author: Max Holland
Pages: 480
ISBN: 9781400043781
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Release: 2004-09-14
Editor: Knopf
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A major work of documentary history–the brilliantly edited and annotated transcripts, most of them never before published, of the presidential conversations of Lyndon B. Johnson regarding the Kennedy assassination and its aftermath. The transition from John F. Kennedy to Johnson was arguably the most wrenching and, ultimately, one of the most bitter in the nation’s history. As Johnson himself said later, “I took the oath, I became president. But for millions of Americans I was still illegitimate, a naked man with no presidential covering, a pretender to the throne….The whole thing was almost unbearable.” In this book, Max Holland, a leading authority on the assassination and longtime Washington journalist, presents the momentous telephone calls President Johnson made and received as he sought to stabilize the country and keep the government functioning in the wake of November 22, 1963. The transcripts begin on the day of the assassination, and reveal the often chaotic activity behind the scenes as a nation in shock struggled to come to terms with the momentous events. The transcripts illuminate Johnson’s relationship with Robert F. Kennedy, which flared instantly into animosity; the genuine warmth of his dealings with Jacqueline Kennedy; his contact with the FBI and CIA directors; and the advice he sought from friends and mentors as he wrestled with the painful transition. We eavesdrop on all the conversations–including those with leading journalists–that persuaded Johnson to abandon his initial plan to let Texas authorities investigate the assassination. Instead, we observe how he abruptly established a federal commission headed by a very reluctant chief justice of the Supreme Court, Earl Warren. We also learn how Johnson cajoled and drafted other prominent men–among them Senator Richard Russell (who detested Warren), Allen Dulles, John McCloy, and Gerald Ford–into serving. We see a sudden president under unimaginable pressure, contending with media frenzy and speculation on a worldwide scale. We witness the flow of inaccurate information–some of it from J. Edgar Hoover–amid rumors and theories about foreign involvement. And we glimpse Johnson addressing the mounting criticism of the Warren Commission after it released its still-controversial report in September 1964. The conversations rendered here are nearly verbatim, and have never been explained so thoroughly. No passages have been deleted except when they veered from the subject. Brought together with Holland’s commentaries, they make riveting, hugely revelatory reading.

Vulgar Favors

Vulgar Favors
Author: Maureen Orth
Pages: 560
ISBN: 9780385334358
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Release: 2017-10-03
Editor: Bantam
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Originally published as: Vulgar favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the largest failed manhunt in U.S. history.

Josie and Jack

Josie and Jack
Author: Kelly Braffet
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780544052871
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Release: 2012-06-05
Editor: HMH
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In Josie and Jack, Kelly Braffet gives us a deliciously dark, suspenseful debut novel in the tradition of Patricia Highsmith. Beautiful, brilliant, and inseparable, Josie and Jack Raeburn live a secluded, anarchic existence in their decaying western Pennsylvania home. The only adult in their lives is their rage-prone father, a physicist, whose erratic behavior finally drives them away. Without a moral compass to guide them, Jack leads Josie into a menacing world of wealth, eroticism, and betrayal. His sociopathic tendencies emerge, and soon Josie must decide which is stronger: the love and devotion she feels for her brother or her will to survive. From its opening page to its shocking climax, this contemporary Hansel and Gretel story is compulsively readable and hugely entertaining.