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Sarah Vowell Talks Lincoln on Studio 360

Some people have a "Top 5" list of hot celebs — I have a "Top 5" list of presidential historians, and Sarah Vowell is right up there. You might recognize her voice from her work as "Violet" in The Incredibles, but I think her crafty, cranky historical narratives are the real superhero.

You have to intimately and compulsively know and love your subject matter to make it sing like Vowell does. If I were stuck with only two books to read for the rest of my life, it would be her The Partly Cloudy Patriot and Assassination Vacation. As a post-President's Day treat, here's Vowell and others on Studio 360 talking about the Lincoln Memorial. Give it a listen, it's almost as good as that Gettysburg thing.


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Fab_Kitty Fab_Kitty 9 years
I love Sarah Vowell, too! Her short readings on NPR always have me crying with laughter.
DaMayor DaMayor 9 years
Sarah Vowell is numero uno on my list of sexiest presidential historians. Mr. Wood is fifth behind David McCullough, Edmund Morris, and Doris Kearns Goodwin.
chakra_healer chakra_healer 9 years
I recommend starting with Revolutionary Characters, great election year reading. Sort of reminds you what is missing in most modern leaders, and he presents the material in a entertaining manner that is refreshing and not the least bit stodgy. If you ever have the chance, see him speak, the man is brilliant in person. :)
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
Ooh, chakra_healer, I just looked up Mr. Wood--which books is your favorite? I'm excited to dive into one immediately!
chakra_healer chakra_healer 9 years
I am a fan of Gordon S. Wood, but will pick up one of her texts for my most important reading time, the subway. :)
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