BOOKS: Hotfoot

Christopher Buckley satirizes Big Tobacco and its foes

Christopher Buckley, the son of William F. Buckley Jr., has had some good breaks during his lifetime, but how lucky can you get? Thank You for Smoking (Random House; 272 pages; $22), the hotfoot Buckley has given the tobacco industry, went on sale at the same time as a nationally televised congressional hearing was making American cigarette makers look like drug dealers.

Buckley's tobacco peddlers come off no better morally than their subpoenaed real-life counterparts, but they do have more charm. In contrast, the book's politicians and anti-smoking crusaders are boorish. Readers will feel superior as they chortle through Buckley's gallery...

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