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HUMAN SMOKE The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization

by | Read by Norman Dietz

History • 14 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2008

At the beginning of this production, with its squibs of historical memorabilia, vignettes, diary entries, speech fragments, and the like, one worries that 14 hours of the same might be too much. But soon the shape of Baker's narrative emerges. Drawing mainly on material from the 1930s and '40s, he gives listeners a fresh look at "the good war" and the Holocaust. We hear comments from sources as diverse as Gandhi, Himmler's masseuse, ghetto occupants, and Roosevelt, who, along with Churchill, doesn't come off too well with respect to the events that took place. Norman Dietz doesn't imitate any of the well-known voices. Instead he lets the momentum build naturally, sometimes horrifyingly, sometimes poignantly, until the impact is stronger than it might even be in print. J.B.G. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2009]

Trade Ed. • Tantor Media • 2008

CD ISBN 9781400107896 $34.99 • Eleven CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781400157891 $24.99 • One MP3-CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources


Library Ed. • Tantor Media • 2008

CD ISBN 9781400137893 $69.99 • Eleven CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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