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Author: Denis Johnson
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This is the story of Skip Sands--spy-in-training, engaged in Psychological Operations against the Vietcong--and the disasters that befall him thanks to his famous uncle, a war hero known in intelligence circles simply as the Colonel. This is also the story of the Houston brothers, Bill and James, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert into a war in which the line between disinformation and delusion has  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Psychological fiction
War fiction
War stories
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Johnson, Denis, 1949-
Tree of smoke.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007
(OCoLC)608205684
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Denis Johnson
ISBN: 9780374279127 0374279128
OCLC Number: 83977529
Awards: National Book Award finalist, 2007
Description: 614 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Denis Johnson.
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This is the story of Skip Sands--spy-in-training, engaged in Psychological Operations against the Vietcong--and the disasters that befall him thanks to his famous uncle, a war hero known in intelligence circles simply as the Colonel. This is also the story of the Houston brothers, Bill and James, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert into a war in which the line between disinformation and delusion has blurred away. In its vision of human folly, and its gritty, sympathetic portraits of men and women desperate for an end to their loneliness, whether in sex or death or by the grace of God, this is a story like nothing in our literature.

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