The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession

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Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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Provides a close-up look at scientific maverick Luca Turin, a man whose remarkable powers of smell and obsession with perfume led to the discovery of how the nose works and how scents are detected. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

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Unless you have a science background (and even if you have one), you'll find yourself skimming through parts of this book that are very technical, but the story in itself is compelling. In the 1990s ... Read full review

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Have just reread this book in light of current findings at the University of Surrey. Burr was the New York Times perfume critic from 2006-2010 and now conducts a series of perfume dinners around the ... Read full review

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Chandler Burr is the author of A Separate Creation: The Search for the Biological Origins of Sexual Orientation. He has contributed to The Atlantic and has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications.

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