The Lampshade: A Holocaust Detective Story from Buchenwald to New Orleans (Hardback)
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The Lampshade: A Holocaust Detective Story from Buchenwald to New Orleans (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 17/02/2011
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The journey that takes Mark Jacobson to Weimar, Buchenwald, Yad Vashem, the Museum of natural history, and DNA labs began in Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1991, when he met Skip Henderson. About six months after Hurricane Katrina drowned the city, Henderson was at a rummage sale lookihg for a drum for Mardi Gras, when Dave, the guy selling the stuff on the sidewalk, said , 'Check out the lamp', and told Skip with certainty that it was made from the skins of Jews. Skip didn't believe anything Dave said, but he bought the lampshade for $35. But his wife wouldn't let him bring it in the house with Dave's story attached to it, true or not. It sat in the attic until he shipped it to a drum maker to look at-who'd never seen anything like it-and then Skip sent it to Mark - 'You're a journalist, you figure out what it is'. The Lampshadeis Mark's singular investigation not only into the truth of the thing itself, but of the idea of it, our understanding and reliance on history, on myths and reality, facts and evidence, on artifacts from the past, on evil.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781416566274
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 535 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Antic, improbable and resonant ... When you put it down, you look forward to picking it up again." -Dwight Gardiner, The New York Times
"This books is equal parts fascinating and unnerving. Mark Jacobson takes us on an eerie detective trail as he traces down the origins of a lampshade bought in New Orleans just after the hurricane. It's gripping and deeply philosophical." --Walter Isaacson, author of American Sketches and Einstein
"Provocative....A well-executed, original reflection on how social evil tends to endure, puzzle and resist efforts at redemption." --Kirkus
"Fascinating and frequently unsettling....Journalist Jacobson avoids sensationalizing this inherently sensational story.... A chilling reminder that the aftereffects of World War II and the Holocaust continue to be felt, even in the most unlikely of ways." - David Pitt, Booklist
"A disquieting yet utterly fascinating account, artfully told, studded with characters that would have been impossible to invent. Although you don't always know where Jacobson is taking you on this weird and wondrous ride, you're never sorry that you climbed aboard." --Jon Krakauer, author of Into Thin Air and Where Men Win Glory
"God only makes a few genius reporters, and even in that small company, Mark Jacobson is one of a kind. He can follow his nose so deep into a story that every page is a surprise. At the end of The Lampshade, there is a big surprise: all that weirdness has begun to make sense. Of course, by that time, your vision is broader; you've been seeing the world through his eyes." --Richard Ben Cramer, author of What It Takes, and Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life

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