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4.75 out of 54.75 out of 54.75 out of 54.75 out of 54.75 out of 5 4.75 (4 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicholson Baker Narrator: Norman Dietz Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781400177899
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 5/9/2011

    " This gives a unique perspective on the dark days leading up to WW2. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 5/5/2011

    " Written in short alternating paragraphs that show how world war II happened. A unique, pacifistic history of the war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grahammu | 11/1/2010

    " Made me look at the WW2 in a different way. Very intimate and fresh perspective. I learn't much from this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 10/29/2010

    " Incredible, moving book that expands the story of WWII to include those who tried to prevent the war. Should be required reading for any course on WWII. "

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About the Author
Author 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.

About the Narrator

Norman Dietz is a writer, voice-over artist, and audiobook narrator. He has won six Earphones Awards and was named one of the fifty “Best Voices of the Century” by AudioFile magazine. He and his late wife Sandra transformed an abandoned ice-cream parlor into a playhouse, which served “the world’s best hot fudge sundaes” before and after performances. The founder of Theatre in the Works, he lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.