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Thank You for Smoking | [Christopher Buckley]

Thank You for Smoking

Nick Naylor, chief spokesman for the Academy of Tobacco Studies is the hero of Christopher Buckley's wickedly funny Thank You for Smoking. Nick likes his job. In the neo-puritanical nineties, it's a challenge to defend the rights of smokers and a privilege to promote their liberty. Sure, it hurts a little when you're compared to Nazi war criminals, but Nick's just doing what it takes to pay the mortgage and put his son through Washington's elite private school St. Euthanasius. Nick can handle the pressure from the anti-smoking zealots, but he's less certain about his new boss, who questions whether Nick is worth $150,000 a year to fight a losing war. Nick seeks inspiration and solace from 2 sympathetic souls who work for the firearms and alcohol lobbies. They call themselves the Merchants of Death, and together, they bemoan their plight and argue over which of them has the most deadly job. Under pressure to produce results, Nick goes on a PR offensive, turning appearances on Oprah and Larry King Live into national events. But Nick's heightened notoriety makes him a nice target for someone who wants to prove just how hazardous smoking can be. If Nick isn't careful, he'll be stubbed out.
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Nick Naylor, chief spokesman for the Academy of Tobacco Studies is the hero of Christopher Buckley's wickedly funny Thank You for Smoking. Nick likes his job. In the neo-puritanical nineties, it's a challenge to defend the rights of smokers and a privilege to promote their liberty. Sure, it hurts a little when you're compared to Nazi war criminals, but Nick's just doing what it takes to pay the mortgage and put his son through Washington's elite private school St. Euthanasius.

Nick can handle the pressure from the anti-smoking zealots, but he's less certain about his new boss, who questions whether Nick is worth $150,000 a year to fight a losing war. Nick seeks inspiration and solace from 2 sympathetic souls who work for the firearms and alcohol lobbies. They call themselves the Merchants of Death, and together, they bemoan their plight and argue over which of them has the most deadly job.

Under pressure to produce results, Nick goes on a PR offensive, turning appearances on Oprah and Larry King Live into national events. But Nick's heightened notoriety makes him a nice target for someone who wants to prove just how hazardous smoking can be. If Nick isn't careful, he'll be stubbed out.

Don't miss Christopher Buckley, Steve Martin, and other humorists discussing their craft at the New Yorker Festival.

©1995 Christopher Buckley; (P)1995 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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    Anthony Jefferson City, MO, United States 01-13-03
    Anthony Jefferson City, MO, United States 01-13-03 Member Since 2002

    I am an attorney and author in Jefferson City, MO.

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    "Verbal Judo"

    Nick Naylor is the bad guy that's in all of us. He gets to be bad for fun and profit. In fact, he gets paid for lying, and job that many of us would probably really enjoy. This was a shorter book than I would have liked; I wanted it to go on I was having such a good time. The dialog was crisp and clearly written and the plot was well done, although the major plot twist I saw coming. Even though I saw it coming, it didn't lessen my enjoyment of the book in any way.
    I recommend Thank You For Smoking!

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Katerina Hamden, CT, USA 10-24-04
    Katerina Hamden, CT, USA 10-24-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Brilliant"

    This book is a much better listen than Buckley's Little Green Men. In addition to being educational (lots of smoking facts are presented) it is deliciously evil. It's always fun to play the bad guy and this book does just that. Highly recommended.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Howard Coastal Oregon 11-07-13
    Kelly Howard Coastal Oregon 11-07-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Meh."

    I didn't find any extremes in this book...nothing awful, nothing great. The performance came closest to awful, but wasn't quite that bad, just not very good. I don't like Glover's voice, don't think his characterizations are particularly good, am not terribly impressed with his pacing and emphasis.

    Since I'm not thrilled with the reader, it's hard to say whether the book would've seemed better with a better reader. I definitely did not pick up much i the way of humor, and definitely didn't find it "wickedly funny." It's not that I lack a sense of humor or don't like dark, sarcastic, or satirical humor --I particularly love all 3. I just didn't think they existed much in this book. The MoD sounded like a number of the people I've worked with...the worst ones, who spend all their time griping & sniping, pithing & moaning, just being generally annoying. I've been forced to spend too much time around people like that in life, I certainly don't find listening to them to be entertainment.

    This one's a "SIBI" --Sorry I Bought It.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marsha L. Woerner Chicago area 07-04-11
    Marsha L. Woerner Chicago area 07-04-11 Member Since 2005

    Mother and catlover

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    "A novel, bu??? good feeling"

    Too bad it was abridged; I liked the character development and I liked that he got us to like the main character, even though he was despicable. The abridgment made it feel like it was missing something.

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