Human Smoke

Human Smoke

The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization

Book - 2008
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"Bestselling author Nicholson Baker has created a compelling work of nonfiction bound to provoke discussion and controversy - a wide-ranging perspective on the political and social landscape that gave rise to World War II." "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."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2008.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781416567844
1416567844
Branch Call Number: 940.5311 BAKER N
Characteristics: 566 pages ; 25 cm.

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Jun 16, 2011

Baker does a masterful job in gathering numerous articles, diary entries and notes to portray World War II's darkness from both sides. Be prepared for this book to rip your heart out.

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