Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves, Robert Lincoln bought a nice ski lodge.
More Quotes from Sarah Vowell:Not that I want the current president killed. I will, for the record and for the FBI agent assigned to read this and make sure I mean no harm, clearly state that while I am obsessed with death, I am against it.
In death, you get upgraded into a saint no matter how much people hated you in life.
I'm a big fan of editing and keeping only the interesting bits in.
History is full of really good stories. That's the main reason I got into this racket: I want to make the argument that history is interesting.
I didn't come from any kind of academic background, but I lived in a college town and I knew people who weren't without pretense. There was this idea in the town that if something was European it would be good.
I'm still definitely a journalist, so I work fast. And only with a gun to my head.
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I was with the U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali on the day that Srebrenica fell, which happened to be a huge historical turning point in the Bosnian war.