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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (260 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Jacobson Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781400188819
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The journey that takes Mark Jacobson around the world began when a friend bought a lamp at a rummage sale and was told that it was made from the skins of Jews. While he didn’t believe the story, he sent it to Mark, saying, “You’re a journalist, you figure out what it is.”

After three years of research in America, Poland, Germany, and Israel, and with the assistance of forensic experts, DNA analysis, and consultations with Yad Yashem and the historical director at Buchenwald, Jacobson has investigated not only the truth of the thing itself but of the idea of it. He also analyzes our understanding of history; of myths, facts, and evidence; and of the concept of evil.

Despite extensive historical reporting of items made of human skin in eyewitness accounts from Nazi concentration camps, this is the first known discovery and investigation of such an artifact.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonna | 2/15/2014

    " The subject matter is horrific and it recalls the Holocaust. But as horrific as the book is to read - again, it's important to read so that we never forget the Holocaust. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 2/2/2014

    " This book wasn't what I had been expecting, but was still an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kasandra | 1/30/2014

    " Creepy and chilling, but also fascinating. Goes back and forth between Nazi history/German history as well as New Orleans history. Can't believe the lamp was found here in NOLA, or that it was bought at a rummage sale across the street from a friend's house. Bizarre. The book may give me bad dreams, though, after the atrocities it details. Worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 1/16/2014

    " Not really what I was expecting. This book sort of rambled all over the place; between New Orleans post - Katrina, WWII Germany and surrounding enemies/allies, crackpot Holocause deniers, and Neo-Nazi skinheads. The sections that focused on the lampshade itself were interesting; and while I can understand that science can only say so much about something dated, I was really hoping for more absolute answers. I would give a higher rating, if only the book had been edited to focus on the actual "detective story." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 1/7/2014

    " One of the most disturbing, moving, and sensitively written books I've read for a while. Touches on so many world tragedies it stops the breath: the Holocaust, 9/11, Katrina, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict- all woven together in an engaging mystery story and a careful consideration on the nature of evil. Don't read it right before bed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/6/2014

    " what a fascinating (and disturbing) novel. i really enjoy a good true crime story and this one takes it to another level. it reminded me of 'the garden of good and evil' in that it has such unusual and kooky characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D. Ennis | 1/4/2014

    " For a book about a human-skin lampshade it is a surprisingly enjoyable read. Very well written with many great digressions that help shape an overall view of the unfortunate and uplifting sides of humanity. Storytelling at its best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrina | 12/27/2013

    " While I didn't necessarily like the author's stye of writing, the story he told about such a depressing object was very interesting. He made connections and found similarities between the Holocaust and its effects on Europe and Hurricane Katrina and its effects on New Orleans which were quite intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/24/2013

    " Although the premise seems disturbing, this book and interesting and well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lhymowitz | 12/20/2013

    " Great start then it meanders, and meanders, etc. Big disappointment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C.b. Calsing | 12/11/2013

    " A really interesting book about the psychology of history and the perception of the Holocaust. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Peg | 7/14/2013

    " Did not live up to it's claim to solve the mystery of the creation of the lampshade and how it went from Buchenwald to New Orleans. Quite gruesome. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meghan | 3/29/2013

    " I almost abandoned this several times -- when the New Orleans scenes became hyperbolic or when he let a Holocaust denier go on for more than a paragraph. But I kept going back because he put a ton of reporting into it and did get a lot of New Orleans right. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 8/23/2012

    " Not a very good book - I was expecting a tome about the Holocaust - instead I got a travelogue and a not so good personal narrative. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Falene | 1/15/2012

    " had to finish to see if really from Holocaust and was dissapointed it could never be proved. A little boring with all the tangents "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric Andrews-Katz | 10/13/2011

    " Good story. A little bogged down with historical (southern) references that I found a little distracting. Very interesting topic though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby Turner | 7/23/2011

    " This book covers a great deal of ground but stays interesting throughout. I was disappointed in the ending but true stories don't always go how you would like them to go.I feel like I learned many interesting things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 7/3/2011

    " It was good but I feel like it was more about Mark and his experience than the lampshade itself. Was still grotesquely interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nora | 4/5/2011

    " Not as focused on the Holocaust as you might think. Jacobson links Hurricane Katrina and Buchenwald in a way that emphasizes how individual evil is not systemic evil. I can't say that I really liked it, because it's not a book that you can feel good about liking, but it is gripping. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/23/2011

    " Well done. A good blend of history and story, and yes, disturbing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C.b. | 1/18/2011

    " A really interesting book about the psychology of history and the perception of the Holocaust. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meghan | 1/2/2011

    " I almost abandoned this several times -- when the New Orleans scenes became hyperbolic or when he let a Holocaust denier go on for more than a paragraph. But I kept going back because he put a ton of reporting into it and did get a lot of New Orleans right. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 12/7/2010

    " This book wasn't what I had been expecting, but was still an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 10/14/2010

    " Outstanding writing and a really bizarre story. Two of my favorite things. "

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About the Author

Mark Jacobson has been a contributing editor to Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, Esquire, and New York. He is the author of 12,000 Miles in the Nick of Time: A Semi-Dysfunctional Family Circumnavigates the Globe; Teenage Hipster in the Modern World; and the novels Gojiro and Everyone and No One.

About the Narrator

Johnny Heller, a two-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award, was named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine. His adult and children’s book narrations have earned him multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards.