Human Smoke The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization

ISBN-10: 1416572465
ISBN-13: 9781416572466
Edition: N/A
Authors: Nicholson Baker
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 3/3/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

Bestselling author Nicholson Baker, recognized as one of the most dexterous and talented writers in America today, has created a compelling work of nonfiction bound to provoke discussion and controversy -- a wide-ranging, astonishingly fresh perspective on the political and social landscape that gave rise to World War II.Human Smokedelivers a closely textured, deeply moving indictment of the treasured myths that have romanticized much of the 1930s and '40s. Incorporating meticulous research and well-documented sources -- including newspaper and magazine articles, radio speeches, memoirs, and diaries -- the book juxtaposes hundreds of interrelated moments of decision, brutality, suffering, and mercy. Vivid glimpses of political leaders and their dissenters illuminate and examine the gradual, horrifying advance toward overt global war and Holocaust.Praised by critics and readers alike for his exquisitely observant eye and deft, inimitable prose, Baker has assembled a narrative withinHuman Smokethat unfolds gracefully, tragically, and persuasively. This is an unforgettable book that makes a profound impact on our perceptions of historical events and mourns the unthinkable loss humanity has borne at its own hand.

Nicholson Baker lives in Maine.

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