Tree of Smoke
By Denis Johnson
(Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312427740, 702pp.)
Publication Date: September 2, 2008
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One of the "New York Times" 10 Best Books of the Year
Named a Best Book of the Year by "Time," "The Washington Post," "The Boston Globe," "Chicago"" Tribune," "San Francisco"" Chronicle," "Salon," "Slate," The National Book Critics Circle, "The Christian Science Monitor. . . .
"Tree of Smoke "is the story of William "Skip" Sands, CIA--engaged in Pschological Operations against the Vietcong--and the disasters that befall him. It is also the story of the Houston brothers, Bill and James, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert and into a war where the line between disinformation and delusion has blurred away. In the words of Michiko Kakutani in "The New York Times," "Tree of Smoke" is "bound to become one of the classic works of literature produced by that tragic and uncannily familiar war."