Write a 5 pages paper on nicholson bakers human smoke. In the book, Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War -II, the End of the Civilization, Nicholson Baker attempts to trace the origins of the Second World War, the cruelty of the war participants, the mistakes of the world leaders particularly Winston Churchill. Baker locates the evidence of Winston Churchill’s penchant for the revelries of the night and his share in instigating Nazi Germany to war. Baker does not employ the straightforward narration as a polemicist. The entire book is a set of vignettes from magazine articles, newspapers, diaries, and memoirs. In other words, “Human Smoke” is a reception of the Second World War. However, history is always tainted by the perception of individuals. Baker has aimed at showing the numerous perceptions of the people in respect to the Second World War. It also analyzes the war strategies adopted by world leaders. The work is Baker’s documentary on the political leaders of Britain and the United States and the adoption of corrupt measures taken by them to provoke Germany to the Second World War.
The Second World War scenario was devastating as technological development increased the use of arms and ammunition. Baker in this book makes a record of the bombings of the superior powers on the villages and has penned down the quotations of the various war victims and of those who have viewed the war from a different perspective. He quotes the sayings of a person named Chamber. According to him, ‘The attacks with bombs and machine guns must be relentless and unremitting’ in the eyes of the power holders. (Baker, 8) In other words, the rustic life should be ravaged by continuous bombardments. Baker considers “The NewYork Times” as a valuable source of information and refers to the article by Frederick Birchall, a news correspondent of “The NewYork Times”. Birchell reads a book by Ewald Banse, a teacher from Germany who speaks about the horror and squalor involved in the war. Banse has said in his “Wehrwissenschaft” that war is ‘gas and plague. It is tank and aircraft horror’. (Baker, 44) The emergence of a new kind of science has changed the ethics of war. Individual readiness must be there to sacrifice for the sake of the nation.