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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; unknown edition (March 6 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023115254X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231152549
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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In this meticulous and engaging brief on climate change research and the political backlash to legitimate scientific work, Penn State professor Mann narrates the fight against misinformation from the inside.

(Publishers Weekly)

An important and disturbing account of the fossil-fuel industry's well-funded public-relations campaign to sow doubt about the validity of the science of climate change...This blistering indictment of corporate-funded chicanery demands a wide audience.

(Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

And if you read just one book on climate change, make it Michael E. Mann's riveting exposé of disinformation and denial....

(Irish Times)

The best part, in my science-geeky opinion, is readers of this book will enjoy a dazzling, informative tour of the science underlying climatology and especially the analysis that went into the diagram that caused all the ruckus.

(DarkSyde Daily Kos)

A harrowing ride through the politics of truth and denial.

(Shawn Lawrence Otto Huffington Post)

...this is a book you should read, because it clearly shows the contrast between how science works and how politics works. The difference is dramatic. And fateful.

(Ben Bova Naples Daily News)

Vitally important to all citizens of a warming planet Earth.

(James P. Lenfestey Star Tribune)

A must read for every serious student of climate change science, and gets my highest rating: five stars out of five.

(Jeff Masters Jeff Masters WunderGround Blog)

I heartily recommend this book for an unusually clear view of the action on the front line of climate science from one of its principle palaeoclimate protagonists.

(Colin Summerhayes Geoscientist)

Mann deserves our respect and admiration for what he has been through and for his willingness to discuss it. The narrative is a deeply honest scientific coming-of-age story.

(Naomi Oreskes Physics Today)

This book is well written and tells a remarkable story that is likely to be of interest to a wide range of readers.

(Australian Book Review)

Mann's honest and thorough testimony on the attacks against climate science is a critical step toward resolving the climate change debate.

(Science)

Mann's account and nontechnical rebuttal of the attacks on climate science provide an excellent primer on contemporary climate science....Highly recommended.

(Choice)

One of the most useful books yet in explaining climate science, especially the use of paleoclimate proxy data to assess the history of Earth's climate.

(Rudy M. Baum Chemical & Engineering News)

Confronting climate change will require clear scientific thinking and courageous actions by many individuals. Dr, Mann's book details the powerful evidence supporting climate change as well as the relentless attempts by climate deniers to distort climate science and attack those who are speaking the truth about it.

(Jerry Brown, governor of California)

A very entertaining book that winds its way through the thicket of climate science and politics.

(Natural Hazards Observer)

must-read

(Jeff Goodell Rolling Stone)

Mann deserves praise for taking the time to speak to other scientists and citizens about what threatens us all. He is not only a brilliant scientist but an ethical hero, a model for all.

(Kristin Shrader-Frechette Metascience)

If you read only one book on climate change, this one is hard to beat.

(Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith)

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Very few people have sounded more important alarms about our climate future, and very few people have paid a higher price for doing so. Michael Mann is a hero, and this book is a remarkable account of the science and politics of the defining issue of our time.

(Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet)

A brilliant and courageous climatologist, Michael E. Mann knows what it's like to be viciously attacked by the well-funded deniers of scientific evidence and how critical it is to respond. In this gripping, personal, front-lines account of climate politics, he eloquently conveys the importance of both doing great science and communicating its societal implications to a wider public.

(Paul R. Ehrlich, coauthor of The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment)

Michael E. Mann has been the most important, resilient, and outspoken warrior in the climate battle, responding to threats and persecution with courage and resolve every step of the way. Anyone who cares about the climate issue must read his fascinating―and enraging―story.

(Chris Mooney, author of Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future )

Michael E. Mann presents his conviction that climate change is real and potentially deadly. A truly readable book on a topic that will remain evergreen.

(James Lovelock, author of The Revenge of Gaia: Earth's Climate Crisis and the Fate of Humanity)

A must read to appreciate the endless disinformation campaign by climate change deniers at the highest levels of government and corporate America and the chilling yet serious implications of the crusade to discredit distinguished scientists like Michael E. Mann.

(Sherwood Boehlert, Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives 1983– 2007 and former chairman of the House Science Committee)

As one of the nation's leading climate researchers, no one has felt the brunt of the attacks from politicians and the fossil fuel industry more than Michael E. Mann. This is his personal account from the center of the maelstrom, documenting the lies and distortions about his work and his heroic efforts to stand up for scientific truth.

(Henry Waxman, Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, former chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee)

If you don't believe our climate is changing, read this book. Dr. Mann will change your mind. For us, it's a war of words. Preserve the Earth, and pass the ammunition.

(Bill Nye the Science Guy ©)

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In his book, Michael Mann slanders anyone with valid criticism of his prized hockey stick and comes across as one of the most egotistical and thin-skinned of individuals. Mann's statistical PCA analysis has been debunked and called "a piece of dubious statistics" by noted statistics expert Ian Joliffe. Mann also likes to falsely claim he is a Nobel Winner even though that is a lie. Everything that Mann says should be taken with a grain of salt as he has proven repeatedly that his "truths" are subjective.
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Followed this Mann's work for years. He became ground zero in the war between big oil and climate change, and somehow miraculously survived. Not since the McCarthy era have such draconian tactics been employed to attempt to stamp out unwanted information. In this case, however, the information was truth and fact. A very good read for anyone who followed the climate denial scandal from 2005 to 2010.
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Throughout all the years of public disputes about climate change, arguably no scientist has taken as much flak as Dr. Michael Mann. This mild-mannered paleoclimatologist is frequently accused of fraud, incompetence, scientific malpractice, Communism, and orchestrating a New World Order. These charges have been proven baseless time and time again, but the accusations continue. Dr. Mann's research on climate change is inconvenient for those who wish to deny that current global temperatures are unusual, so he has become the bulls-eye target in a fierce game of "shoot the messenger". In "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines", a memoir of his experiences, Michael Mann finally speaks out.

The story begins quite harmlessly: an account of how he became a scientist, from childhood curiosity to graduate work in theoretical physics to choosing climate science on a whim out of the university course calendar. For those who have followed Dr. Mann's research over the years, there is some great backstory - how he met his coauthors Ray Bradley and Malcolm Hughes, the formation of the IPCC TAR chapter about paleoclimate, and how the RealClimate blog operates. This book also filled in some more technical gaps in my understanding with a reasonably accessible explanation of principal component ananlysis, a summary of millennial paleoclimate research before 1998, and an explanation of exactly how Mann, Bradley and Hughes' 2008 paper built on their previous work.

Dr. Mann's 1998 paper - the "hockey stick" - was a breakthrough because it was the first millennial reconstruction of temperature that had global coverage and an annual resolution.
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Mann has asked people to review this book ( via his FB page ) on .CA to help the ratings. Unfortunately I read that "call to arms" but I am one who has read the book and thinks it is very poor. If you want to hear his view of the "war" then fabulous but for most of the population of canada this will be boring. Even if you do think Climate change is a big problem and even if you think humans are totally/partly to blame then you may doze whilst reading about these "conspiracies" blah blah blah.... at the end of the day its all about rigour and I guess this guy tore that page out of the dictionary. The hockey stick is an embarrassment to most professional scientists who once fell for the spin, this book still slavishly tried to defend the flimsy science. If I were the author I would spend less time on Mickey Spillane type scribblings and more time retrospectively visiting assumptions, models and conclusions.
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On the subject of climate change, there is the science and there is the propaganda. This superb book by one of the world's most distinguished climate scientists gives a lucid account of the science, and also of the dirty tricks to which he personally was subjected by public relations hacks---including some of the same ones who told us for years that cigarettes do not cause cancer.
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Mann's book is a self-serving instrument that blends statistical manipulation with innuendo and falsehoods. The guy is a quack but is apparently too stubborn to back down in the face of overwhelming evidence, or perhaps he's lost in the echo chamber that is the AGW cabal. Total waste of your hard-earned money - better save it to pay the carbon tax!
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So, Eric, you make unsupported charges of Mann's work being 'full of innuendo,' and that he's a 'quack,' plus it's full of 'innuendo."

Could you list you refereed sources of those charges? If not, it's just another denier's libelous and unfounded OPINION. Man can, OTOH, list the numerous independent investigations which have not only shown his work to be NONE of what you claim, but quite the opposite.
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