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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (10 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749005394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749005399
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`An hilarious novel' -- New York Times Book Review

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Christopher Buckley is a novelist and founding editor of Forbes FYI magazine. He lives in Washington, D. C., with his wife and two children. His journalism, satire and criticism has, amongst others, appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Esquire.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By aceadrian on 8 Feb 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a weird book with a weird title, unless you are weird or have had it recommended to you it is fairly unlikely that you will pick it up. If you like weird books then you will be happy to have bought it too!
Buckley has a style that is hard to get a grasp of, after about 50 pages you manage it though and from there on in its fun! Simply, he switches between narrative, speech and character thought in the space of a few words, which is hard to follow, it takes an alert mind to note the quotation marks. But its possible and you get the knack.
The story follows Nick Naylor through the pursuit of his job. His job - keep tobacco sales as high as possible, the other characters jobs - either support him or trip him up.
He is one of the most hated men in the USA, a fact he tends to revel in at times, he is also pretty lucky with the ladies in a strange way. Despite seeming, acting and at times trying to be as evil as possible, Nick ends up being a good man. For that you are completely on his side, despite what he might have done in the past.
Some of the smaller characters are absolutely hilarious too, proper out loud chuckles.
The ending possibly comes too soon, and too abruptly, but that's mitigated by the fact that some of it is a complete surprise.
Everything is very clever, you cant second guess the author too often and the book twists and turns beautifully. In fact its almost an educational book, giving an insight into politics, big business and specifically the tobacco industry - while entertaining at the same time!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jan 2003
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I picked up this book because I liked the cover and I was pleasantly surprise. This is the story of a PR man in a puritanical modern America fighting for the right to smoke in the USA. He appears on Oprah and Larry King and he encounters a strangely familiar former female British prime minister who is in the pocket of the tobacco companies. Anti-smoking activists try to kill him in a very creative way.
This book is educational, sarcastic and funny. You will learn a lot about tobacco. Thankfully it hasn't made me start smoking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Combat Wombat on 1 Aug 2013
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Format, proofing etc on the Kindle is good to excellent.

I saw this as a film some years ago and thought it a remarkable film. Witty, tounge in cheek, ironic - in fact many adjectives not frequently levelled at American movies came to mind, all complimentary.

This eBook came up as one of those random "you may be interested". I seldom book & film since they usually don't compliment one another. This one did.

It's not going to change the world, it's not the next Booker prize winner. It's a great entertaining read. It does make you think just a tiny bit. It perfectly leaves you wanting just a little bit more, but satisfied with what you have.

I have to put this very high on my list of "sheer entertainment" top 10. CW.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chandelier on 18 Nov 2012
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Excellent read, funny and engaging. The morally reprehensible characters are extremely easy to empathise with! The end disappointed me - it was too formulaic, and the change in the main female character was disappointing to me. Still, a great book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blandish on 22 Dec 2011
Format: Hardcover
Efficient delivery, and the book was good value. It was in good condition, and the price reasonable.

It was an interesting read, and this book should be recommended to those interested in the social politics of the United States of America.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By alevine@gmx.co.uk on 30 May 2001
This has to be one of the funniest, most intelligent, but sickest books around. Buckley introduces us to Nick, spokesman for the tobacco lobby, and himself a committed smoker. He meets regularly with his opposite numbers from the gun and alcohol lobbies (known collectively as the MOD - work it out for yourself!). Nick is happy in his work,good at his job,well paid and secure. Until...... If laughing out loud in public embarrasses you, avoid this book.
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Format: Paperback
The fact that the media manipulates us is old news, but this book has made me look at that whole issue in a new way.

It is written in a very un-pretentious style, and is deceptively simple - there are some really interesting ideas bubbling under the surface of all the dialogue and action. Can you really discern the "facts" about an issue like smoking (or anything)? And secondly, is his justification that he's doing it "to pay the mortgage" enough? The characters are believable, the dialogue is both sharp, and funny, and it will leave you thinking...

I have to say that I didn't finish this book, but the main reason was that I saw the film only a few months ago and it's stayed with me so it was a bit too soon!

However would definitely recommend both book and film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By steve gollop on 29 July 2013
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frighteningly believable and very funny. the plot is a bit too predictable, but the ideas are great and very funny.
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