Human Smoke by Nicholson Baker audiobook

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

By Nicholson Baker
Read by Norman Dietz

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14.21 Hours Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781400177899

Human Smoke delivers 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 within Human Smoke that 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.

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Summary

Summary

Human Smoke delivers 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 within Human Smoke that 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

This quite extraordinary book---impossible to put down, impossible to forget---may be the most compelling argument for peace ever assembled. Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman
“This quite extraordinary book—impossible to put down, impossible to forget—may be the most compelling argument for peace ever assembled.” Simon Winchester, New York Times author of A Crack in the Edge of the World
“Serious and conscientious…An eloquent and passionate assault on the idea that the deliberate targeting of civilians can ever be justified. New York Times
“[Dietz] lets the momentum build naturally, sometimes horrifyingly, sometimes poignantly, until the impact is stronger than it might even be in print.” AudioFile
“Absolutely fascinating, engrossing. I can’t imagine anyone…who won’t be astonished and moved while reading Human Smoke." Daniel Ellsberg, author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers

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Author Bio: Nicholson Baker

Author Bio: Nicholson Baker

Nicholson Baker has published numerous novels, including the New York Times bestseller Vox and The Mezzanine. He has also written several works of nonfiction, including Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award. A regular contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, Baker lives in Maine.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 14.21
Audience: Adult
Language: English