Thank You for Smoking

Thank You for Smoking Nick Naylor 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 Naz

  • Title: Thank You for Smoking
  • Author: Christopher Buckley
  • ISBN: 9780812976526
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nick Naylor 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 says he s just doing what it takes to pay the mortgage and put his son through Washington s elite private school St Euthanasius He can handle theNick Naylor 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 says he s just doing what it takes to pay the mortgage and put his son through Washington s elite private school St Euthanasius He can handle the pressure from the antismoking zealots, but he is less certain about his new boss, BR, who questions whether Nick is worth 150,000 a year to fight a losing war Under pressure to produce results, Nick goes on a PR offensive But his heightened notoriety makes him a target for someone who wants to prove just how hazardous smoking can be If Nick isn t careful, he s going to be stubbed out.

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    1. Melki

      WARNING: SOME PEOPLE WILL SAY ANYTHING TO SELL CIGARETTES.And one of those people is Nick Naylor, chief "smokesman" for the Academy of Tobacco Studies. Though in dark moments he might refer to himself as a washed-out, forty-year-old snake-oil vendor who on the Karma food chain is somewhere between a sea slug and eel shit, ole Nick enjoys his job "lying for a living," and making sure the public keeps on smoking. He's good at it. And it may just cost him his life.Though this was not Buckley's firs [...]

    2. Joe Valdez

      Looking for a light read between my 2,400 page journey through post-apocalyptic America in Stephen King's The Stand and Robert McCammon's Swan Song, I picked up Christopher Buckley's 1994 political satire Thank You For Smoking, a title that appears on King's Reading List For Writers. The novel deals with the shameless exploits of a lobbyist for the tobacco industry, whose product was killing between 435,000 and 475,000 Americans per year (depending on whose expert was testifying), but the book i [...]

    3. TheLongWait

      Brilliant satire of the Tobacco industry. Nick Naylor comes off as an actual person throughout. Well written, incredible characters and funny as hell. Recommended to all who like a little bite to their humor.

    4. Anne Zappa

      4.5*This is political satire at its best. This book reminded me so much of George Carlin & Bill Hicks. Following is a profane thingy I wrote. Read at your own risk. Judge me all you want. I'm gross & wicked, so that's how it comes out. A ciggies rant:I envy that fucking Cuban Cigar. He's grubby, stout, unattractive, but that fucker gets to last. He gets circumcised before he's even lit into this world, before an affluent ruffian of a human takes the first drag. Ha, his life ain't perfect [...]

    5. Rob

      When it comes to naming our best contemporary satirists, the default response usually (and accurately) settles on Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. The Onion, too, and certainly anything Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It; In the Loop; Veep) creates. But I never hear Christopher Buckley's name mentioned, which is a shame. He's made a career out of skewering various American power structures – the stock market, the justice system, the State Department, etc. – and I'm glad that I finally got aro [...]

    6. Book Concierge

      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 a [...]

    7. Katy Noyes

      Smokin'! One of the funniest books I've read in a long time.I saw this on a library shelf and remembered how much I'd enjoyed the film a few years ago. The book is definitely worth reading too.Very dark humour, it's the sort of funny that might make you spit out your tea. Who would have thought that lung cancer, gun death and fetal alcohol syndrome could be so hilariousNick Naylor is Big Tobacco's spokesman - the man whose job it is to make them look good, to suck up criticism and spin it into a [...]

    8. Sidna

      Buckley has a very dry sense of humor. A good example is the name of the main character, Nick Naylor, a lobbyist for the tabacco industry. "Nick" for nicotine and "Naylor" for coffin nails. a euphemism for cigarettes. The other lobbyists featured in the book are for alcohol and guns (firearms). The three main lobbyists in the book are anti-ATF.To me, Nick is a modern-day Scrooge. Not many people remember that at the end of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge is said to keep Christmas better than anyone. [...]

    9. Rebecca

      I saw the film in the theatre in the spring and really liked it a lot, so of course, I picked up the book. It was smartly written and had the same tone as the film, which is always great. The movie dealt more with Nick and his family, especially his son, while in the book, they where in it for like one, maybe two chapters, out of thirty. they hardly made a dent. He dealt more in the book with his job as a spokes person for a pro-tobacco company and his relationship in the MOD (Merchants of Death [...]

    10. Natalie

      Funny little biting political satire on the nonsense that goes on in Washington (and Hollywood, to a lesser extent); the money that changes hands, the souls that are sold, the amoral deals that are made, the shrieking hysterical harpies on each side of a divisive issue (smoking, in this case) that are convinced they just want what's best for the American public.

    11. Annie

      I’ve been looking forward to reading this book since I watched the movie a couple of years ago. Thank You For Smoking is one of the most cynical, devilishly funny satires I’ve ever read. It was written over a decade ago, when anti-smoking legislation–banning smoking in restaurants, etc.–rolled through after studies started to definitively prove the link between smoking and a host of physical ailments. The story is narrated by Nick Naylor, a spokesman for the tobacco lobby, as he tries to [...]

    12. Jim

      Satire, thy name is Buckley. Smoking opens the door on what could only be labeled Despicable Jobs and the People That Live Them, taking Washington lobbyists to task for their support of hideous business interests. Buckley thrives on humorous insights about cultural idiocies. Here he creates characters straight from the world of Carl Hiaasen, goofy and eccentric cretins one prays are only found in fiction, but are suspiciously close to the power-elite making the news on a daily basis. You have to [...]

    13. Travis McClain

      As you may recall, one of my 2009 reading goals is to get to some of the books that have been the basis for some of my favorite films. Thank You for Smoking was adapted and directed by Jason Reitman in 2004, and quickly became one of my top twenty favorite films of all time thanks largely to the sardonic humor and Aaron Eckhart's irresistibly charming portrayal of lead character Nick Naylor. It's always difficult coming to a written work after seeing the film version of it, because of two things [...]

    14. MacK

      As I continue my long strange voyage through Chris Buckley's assembled work, I was surprised at how underwhelmed I was by Thank You for Smoking. Perhaps it steams from the fact that I watched the Jason Reitman film first, or from the fact that I've become used to his more mature style. Whatever the case, while I read, and chuckled and enjoyed Thank You for Smoking this might well be the first Buckley book I feel no temptation to read again.With a plot that scatters like buckshot and a main chara [...]

    15. Cassy

      I loved this book. I thought it was so interesting to read the book from the point of view of the other side. Everyone is told from day one how cigarettes are bad and to stay away from them. Everyone knows that the tobacco industry gets a lot of resistance. However, we seem to forget that despite how bad it might be for us, at the end of the day people in the tobacco industry are just trying to make a living. It's as cutthroat as any business, dealing with tobacco or not.I loved the lunches that [...]

    16. Paul

      I may have made a mistake with this novel, because I actually saw the movie first, having forgotten that I had the book unread on my shelves. I suspect I might've given the book 4 stars instead of 3 if I'd come to it de novo, but surely such tragedies cannot rule our pitiable lives.In any case, it is a funny, enjoyable book, if perhaps a little bit dated. Published in 1994, it is heavily reliant upon the 'anti-political correctness' humor trope that was ubiquitous at the time. That's not a fatal [...]

    17. Indah Threez Lestari

      275 - 2015#Program BUBUPertama kali dibaca pada tanggal 3 September 2009.==================================================Karena sudah nonton dan suka banget filmnya, maka waktu lihat novel ini terpajang di stand buku baru Gramedia langsung saja disambar. Meskipun begitu, ternyata nggak sempat terus bacanya, kalah sama buku-buku yang terbit belakangan (terutama manga yang terbit saban minggu). Setelah berbulan-bulan baru deh buku ini berhasil disingkirkan dari to-read list.OK, jelas ada perbeda [...]

    18. Aggy

      okay, i have to be honest here; i watch the movie first so the entire book is like an open spoiler to me. i know the storyline, i can imagine what Nick Naylor and other characters exactly looked like and after reading the entire book; i like the movie morei have to admit that it's hard to have a non-biased opinion towards the book. of course, the satirical way of portraying The Big Tobacco is hilarious, but i feel like the movie were exceeding the 'hilarious-form' while the book is 'just hilario [...]

    19. Bonnie

      In a word: underwhelming. It was funny, but it felt like sit-com funny when you know exactly what the jokes will be about as soon as i.e.) Jerry Seinfeld gets to the dentist/buys an old car/gets a new girlfriend. In fact, in the end I thought that Buckley left good material out and missed a few potential jabs. All in all it was unsatisfying. I only laughed out loud once (and I was alone, driving up to DC, so I had ample opportunity to snort/laugh obnoxiously). I loved Boomsday and I hoped this w [...]

    20. Carlos Reyes

      This book is one of those oddities, that ended on my list because I read about it on a forum about funny books. And I'm glad to have read it, because Nick Naylor the protagonist has so many traits that made me feel so empathic with his situation from the opening lines to the very ending. I really liked the gags, the pace of the book, but the characters save for Nick are a little stale, I also love the 90's references when still had cigarettes advertising, who would have thought that 20+ years af [...]

    21. Irene

      Funny, but too caustic. Everything was so sarcastic I had a hard time accepting even the truth in that book. It was full of irony-- I could just picture the author rubbing his hands together like a mad scientist going "You won't expect THIS, suckers!" The ending was cliche, but not, because it ended the way we all expect it to, but it still had that ironic taste. Not satisfying, but not bad either. Read for a good laugh.

    22. Tasula

      Hilarious satire of lobbyists for tobacco, alcohol and firearms. Full of witticisms, some of which made me laugh out loud. The main character is 40 year old Nick, VP at the Academy of Tobacco Studies, who finds ways to fight anti-smoking groups so he can "pay the mortgage". I find Buckley's books very visual- as I read I can see how the scenes would play out on a movie screen as a dark comedy.

    23. C. Scott

      Oh god I loved this book! I had seen the movie a few years ago and remembered liking it, but I wasn't dying to dive into the book necessarily. I'm glad I did. This book was hilarious and breezy - just great stuff. I immediately went and bought another of Buckley's books when I was about halfway through this one. I loved the Nick Naylor character and would jump at the opportunity to spend more time with him in sequel after sequel.

    24. Lumos

      Интересный взгляд на курение. Начать курить эта книга меня не сподвигла, но общее впечатление на сие действо несомненно улучшилось. Впервые читаю книгу о пиаре. Сложно не позавидовать умению Ника, главного героя, манипулировать общественным мнением, простыми человеческим [...]

    25. Labijose

      An excellent satire, full of funny moments. It lets you thinking how easy it is to manipulate people, especially in the lobby world of advertisement, so yes, it has a clear political message. I also watched the movie, whose screenwriter was the same author. Very funny, too.I recommend both for an easy and good laugh.

    26. Benjamin

      This is one of the few instances where I think the movie was WAY WAY better than the book. Jason Reitman took all the best parts of the book, added even more satirical elements, and left out all the crappy parts. It is a decent book . . . but the movie is absolute genius.

    27. Peter Wolfley

      Don't you love novels that are so well researched and written that they feel like nonfiction? This book was full of smart humor and some really stinging critiques of the death industries: tobacco, alcohol, and firearms.Some salty language.

    28. Jeana Salman

      Very clever book. I picked this up when I was planning our trip to DC, however I didn't finish it until after. The author, Chris Buckley, is quite witty.

    29. Neil Powell

      A pretty funny satire about American politics, which although set in the 1990's, its probably still relevant. Enjoyed it alot

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