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Human Smoke

(2008)
The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization
A non fiction book by

 
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 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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Hardback Editions

May 2008 : UK Hardback
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Title: Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization
Author(s): Nicholson Baker
ISBN: 1-84737-274-0 / 978-1-84737-274-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


March 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization
Author(s): Nicholson Baker
ISBN: 1-4165-6784-4 / 978-1-4165-6784-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

March 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization
Author(s): Nicholson Baker
ISBN: 1-4165-7246-5 / 978-1-4165-7246-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


March 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization
Author(s): Nicholson Baker
ISBN: 1-84739-318-7 / 978-1-84739-318-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization
Author(s): Nicholson Baker
ISBN: 1-84737-303-8 / 978-1-84737-303-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

August 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization
Author(s): Nicholson Baker
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


July 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization
Author(s): Nicholson Baker
ISBN: 1-4001-0789-X / 978-1-4001-0789-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


July 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization
Author(s): Nicholson Baker
ISBN: 1-4001-3789-6 / 978-1-4001-3789-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


July 2008 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization
Author(s): Nicholson Baker
ISBN: 1-4001-5789-7 / 978-1-4001-5789-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

September 2008 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization
Author(s): Nicholson Baker
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Availability: Amazon UK   


March 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization
Author(s): Nicholson Baker
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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