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Thank You for Smoking by Christopher Buckley

Thank You for Smoking (original 1994; edition 1994)

by Christopher Buckley

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Title:Thank You for Smoking
Authors:Christopher Buckley
Info:Random House (1994), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 272 pages
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Thank You for Smoking: A Novel by Christopher Buckley (1994)


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This is classic Christopher Buckley-- taking a very serious topic and treating it with such a dose of satire that it becomes truly comic. I haven't seen the movie yet, because I wanted to finish this book first, but now I'm really looking forward to it. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
Very funny and very entertaining! You find yourself at times agreeing with Nick Naylor and going "Yeah, that's right, I never thought about it like that!" Then, you remember he's fighting for cigarettes and this little world actually does exsist!!

The movie did the book justice. Though, it was weird reading sentences and conversations line-for-line that were the same as the dialogue of the movie. Made me have to remember that this book came BEFORE the movie and is not one of those movie novels written solely for more product profit. ( )
  elle-kay | Jan 27, 2016 |
A political satire skewering the tobacco, alcohol and gun lobbyists, the media, and the politicians who all have a role in public policy regarding these “legal vices.”

Nick Naylor is the chief spokesman for the Academy of Tobacco Studies, an organization funded entirely by the big tobacco producers. As such, he is frequently vilified, and the target of threats. His boss, BR, and his chief rival at the Academy, Jeanette (who happens to be the boss’s “main squeeze”) seem to be trying to angle him out of his job. But when he goes on Oprah, he becomes a hero to “The Captain,” and the golden boy of the Academy. Next he’s on Larry King Live where he is, once again, subject to irate callers, including one very specific threat on his life.

He shrugs this off, but he does commiserate with his friends Bobby Jay (spokesperson for the gun lobby) and Polly (spin control for alcohol industry) – collectively calling themselves the Mod Squad (for Merchants of Death). He also begins a relationship with sympathetic reporter Heather Holloway. Still the industry wants to ensure their golden boy is safe, so the Captain assigns him heavy duty security. When Nick ditches them, he finds himself kidnapped in the lobby of his own office building, tied and blindfolded, taken to a remote location, and covered in nicotine patches before being unceremoniously dumped on the National Mall and left for dead. Then the fun REALLY begins.

The story is somewhat dated today, but as political satires go it’s fast-paced and quite funny in places. ( )
  BookConcierge | Jan 24, 2016 |
I saw the movie when it hit theaters years ago. Picked up the book at a sale a few months ago - enjoyed the movie, enjoyed the book. It's been so long since I saw the movie that I can't recall if the full plot followed closely, but regardless the book is hilarious and the satire is really well-done. Only two complaints - one plot thread was so apparent, I hope somehow it was made obvious as some type of satire in of itself and the second - for a paperback and a later printing at that, I was surprised to see so many typos. ( )
  Sean191 | Mar 26, 2014 |
This just didn't catch my attention. I read about half of it and skimmed the rest. Not a style of writing that I enjoy, and the people were all kind of jerks. Also not compelled by the story, which didn't really pick up until right before I started to skim. ( )
  Krumbs | Mar 31, 2013 |
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How often have you heard about flacks from the tobacco industry smoothly insisting that there's still no proven connection between smoking and disease, and asked yourself in outrage, "How can they live with themselves?" Well, Christopher Buckley supplies some answers in his savagely funny new satirical farce, "Thank You for Smoking," a novel so timely that you have to wonder if Mr. Buckley has been orchestrating recent events in tobacco-land, among them a full-page ad in The New York Times on Tuesday that was sponsored by the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and called for "an informed debate" instead of a ban on smoking.

Mr. Buckley's fictional protagonist is Nick Naylor, chief spokesman for the Washington-based Academy of Tobacco Studies. He lives blithely enough with the knowledge that he works for an industry that kills 1,200 human beings a day: "More than 400,000 a year! And approaching the half-million mark."

But, as he says to one audience of "health professionals," "It's always been my closely held belief that with an issue as complex as ours, what we need is not more talking about each other, but more talking to each other." After all, the right to smoke is an issue of freedom, and "if we go tampering with the bedrock principles that our Founding Fathers laid down, many of whom, you'll recall, were themselves tobacco farmers, just for the sake of indulging a lot of frankly unscientific speculation, then we're placing at risk not only our own freedoms, but those of our children, and our children's children." . . .
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"Nick Naylor had been called many things since becoming chief spokesman for the Academy of Tobacco Studies. But until now no one had actually compared him to Satan." They might as well have, though. "Gucci Goebbels," "yuppie Mephistopheles," and "death merchant" are just a few endearments Naylor has earned himself as the tobacco lobby's premier spin doctor. The hero of Thank You for Smoking does of course have his fans. His arguments against the neo-puritanical antismoking trends of the '90s have made him a repeat guest on Larry King, and the granddaddy of Winston-Salem wants him to be the anointed heir. Still, his newfound notoriety has unleashed a deluge of death threats.

Christopher Buckley's satirical gift shines in this hilarious look at the ironies of "personal freedom" and the unbearable smugness of political correctness. Bracing in its cynicism, Thank You for Smoking is a delightful meander off the beaten path of mainstream American ethics. And despite his hypertension-inducing, slander-splattered, morally bankrupt behavior--which leads one Larry King listener to describe him as "lower than whale crap"--you'll find yourself rooting for smoking's mass enabler. --Rebekah Warren

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Nick Naylor, chief spokesman for the Academy of Tobacco Studies, undertakes a media blitz to defend the rights of smokers, a job that has unexpected repercussions when he is targeted by someone out to prove just how hazardous smoking can be.

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