Baseless: My Search for Secrets in the Ruins of the Freedom of Information ACT

Nicholson Baker (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$30.00  $27.60
Publisher
Penguin Press
Publish Date
July 21, 2020
Pages
464
Dimensions
6.0 X 9.3 X 1.7 inches | 1.58 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780735215757

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About the Author

Nicholson Baker is the author of ten novels and six works of nonfiction, including The Anthologist, The Mezzanine, and Human Smoke. He has won a National Book Critics Circle Award, a Hermann Hesse Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a Katherine Anne Porter Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Maine with his wife, Margaret Brentano.

Reviews

"The synchronicity is extraordinary, almost chilling: Nicholson Baker's gripping diary of his endless attempts to ferret out facts relating to the Pentagon's top-secret biological weapons programs is published while the whole world is suddenly upended and aghast amid a lethal biological attack of an apparently natural origin. I say apparently natural - for as every page of this book is peppered with tales of bizarre weapons - infected feathers, for God's sake! plague-saturated voles! - you come away doubting everything the US government ever says. And yet, through it all, Baker tells us with a meticulous diarist's calm about his dogs and the Maine countryside and the birdsong, and you feel, in the end, everything will be alright, and germ-free." --Simon Winchester, author of The Man Who Loved China and The Professor and the Madman

"A luminous meditation on the power of secrets and mysteries. Baker shows us the ways in which a government shielded by a bodyguard of lies threatens the foundations of democracy." --Tim Weiner, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Legacy Of Ashes and The Folly and the Glory

"One of America's most brilliantly creative writers navigates the mirrored labyrinth of government secrecy with a combination of astonishment and rage. Along the way, he discovers an array of long-hidden terrors while balancing the joys of daily life against the dread that envelops all who confront the reality of covert power." --Stephen Kinzer, author of Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control