Assassination Vacation

Assassination Vacation
Author Sarah Vowell
Country United States
Language English
Published 2005
Publisher Simon & Schuster

Assassination Vacation is a book by Sarah Vowell, published in 2005, in which she travels around the United States researching the assassinations of U.S. Presidents Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley and James Garfield. While most of the book is devoted to facts about the assassinated presidents and the men who would murder them, Vowell intersperses the book with anecdotes of her adventures on her self-proclaimed "pilgrimage" of presidential assassination.


An abridged audiobook was released by Simon & Schuster on March 29, 2005. It contained a large cast of readers, and original music was composed by Michael Giacchino. In order of appearance, the cast was:

  • Conan O'Brien as Robert Todd Lincoln
  • Eric Bogosian as John Wilkes Booth
  • Stephen King as Abraham Lincoln
  • Dave Eggers as Mike Ryan
  • Catherine Keener as Gretchen Worden
  • Jon Stewart as James A. Garfield
  • Tony Kushner as John Humphrey Noyes
  • Brad Bird as Charles Guiteau and Emma Goldman
  • Daniel Handler as William McKinley
  • Greg Giraldo as Theodore Roosevelt
  • David Rakoff as Leon Czolgosz

As mentioned above, Brad Bird was part of the cast; he wrote and directed the film The Incredibles, in which author Vowell had a voice-acting part. Michael Giacchino, composer for The Incredibles, composed the music for the audiobook.


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