Thank You for Smoking, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Nick Naylor is just a regular guy trying to earn a living.

In these neo-puritanical times, 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 school.

As chief propagandist for the tobacco industry he can handle the insults from the antismoking zealots, but death threats are a different matter.

Someone wants to prove just how hazardous smoking can be - and if Nick isn't careful, he's going to be stubbed out.




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Often spot on satire of the Pro and anti smoking ( or guns and alcohol) lobbies.Nick Naylor a spokeman for the american tobacco industry it seems that unless he is careful his job will be the death of him.

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I finished a book called Thank You For Smoking this morning, which I discovered amongst the girlfriend’s piles of books as we were unpacking the other week. It’s very much a tongue-in-cheek, cynical and satirical look at the tobacco industry and its opponents, as well as media coverage of the issue. Oh, and with a bit of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll thrown in for good measure.The main character, the chief spokesman for big tobacco, is relentlessly cynical about the world around him, especially himself. His co-workers are a little too caricatured to be completely believable, but they provide some good background to Naylor’s machinations. Similarly, the big boss character is even described in the text as being a stereotype of sorts, although his accent is put down beautifully on paper.The MoD Squad (Merchants of Death; an impromptu drinking/support group of the chief spokespeople for the tobacco, alcohol and gun industries) is a genius invention, and I have to believe that similar groupings exist all over Washington in the lobbying world. Certain media bodies are skewered, with Hollywood in particular taking a big punch to the gut over its willingness to compromise for yet another dollar.The plot is fast-paced, following Naylor on a seemingly endless series of cross-country flights and Washington offices. One minute he’s on Orprah, defending his industry against a cancer-ridden 17 year-old, the next he’s negotiating a $25 million product placement deal in a producer’s office in LA.I was reliably informed last night that a film of the book exists, with Aaron Eckhart as the main character. I would expect him to have a good enough sneer and ability to show cynicism to carry it off, but I’m a little worried that the female characters may be easily relegated to mere eye candy, when they in fact carry a lot of the story.It’s a pretty good read, worth checking out if a bit of satire and world-weariness is what you’re after. And it definitely didn’t leave me wanting to smoke…

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