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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Quartet Books Ltd (April 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704372991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704372993
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is a brilliant piece of work that every climate change negotiator should have in his front pocket' --Jon Snow 'A great achievement ... Rupert Darwall has written a compelling and balanced account of a story that needs to be told' --Nigel Lawson

About the Author

Rupert Darwall read economics and history at Cambridge, after which he worked at the Conservative Research Department, then in the City as an investment analyst and in corporate finance. He has written for leading publications in the UK and the US and for London-based think tanks.

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This is the best book I ever read on this subject.
F. MASSEN
This an excellent treatment of the science and particularly the politics surrounding the idea of anthropogenic global warming.
George A. Reilly
It's a great book and very well researched, with tonnes of references.
Mr. Thadeu Freitas

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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By F. MASSEN on May 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is the best book I ever read on this subject. No endless climate data tables, no avalanche of graphs, just clear logic, excellent historical developments and easy to read writing style. Darwall does a phenomenal job in displaying the history of the many conferences and reunions leading to a quasi universal adoption of a theory that is un-scientific in its core. How come that learned societies, media, politicians, churchs battle for an un-proven problem that demands so great sacrifices to be solved. As Darwall writes "the Global Warming Policy Paradox is that the therapy causes the malady it was designed to avert"
An outstanding book!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Thadeu Freitas on July 16, 2013
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I thought this book was going to be boring but boy, was I wrong.
The author's style is clear and easy to read.
He goes all the way back from Malthus (remember, that priest that said there wasn't going to be enough food to feed everyone) to today to show that doomsayers have always existed in the scientific community.
His basic thesis is that whenever a theory about Earth's demise from global warming or other climate related calamity arose, part of the scientific community would always overlook the scientific process and take the warnings as truth, influencing policy debate and decisions.
However, the last episode, which started around 1988 and ended with the ClimateGate and the Copenhagen Summitt, took that lack of regard to such new heights and got so entrenched into politics that we were lead to question the integrity and credibility of the way the scientific community made science.
It's a great book and very well researched, with tonnes of references.

There is also a philosophical aspect to the book besides the journalistic one.
The author discusses Karl Popper, the Economics of climate change, the concerns about an "elitecised" (like "politicised", but as in "elite") scientific community, etc.

There's still 30% of the book left but I can say that the case for global warming is looking weaker than ever.
I believe we should all familiarise ourselves with arguments from both sides of a discussion before taking a side. However, in this case, I think the debate is over.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By David G Herro on May 3, 2013
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Darwall does an excellent job demonstrating how science became widely politicized and actually hijacked by extremists pushing a Malthusian agenda. Truly, perhaps the best book written on this topic
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By McSnaker on June 28, 2013
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I have always believed that future scientists will hang their head in shame when they look back at this period, where climate scientists have claimed the headlines - and harangued anyone who dared to question their findings. I don't like being called a "denier" when I have studied and fully acknowledge Earth's past climate change. This book should be read by both sides of the debate - it carefully examines the philosophical basis of the debate and puts it in the context of past prophesies and theories about global catastrophe.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gaynoll Cook on January 11, 2014
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This is a big area of interest to me as I work with people in the energy efficiency industry and most of my American colleagues are fanatics about global warming (now called climate change). My newspaper and a meteorologist I know have a much different take.

I read the book during a power outage due to an ice storm - using a flashlight and candles - and finished it within 2 days. It is very clear and logical and most interesting and informative. I've recommended this book to my meteorologist friend.

I've seen lots of presentations and articles that throw statistics out with no documentation or state that if Bush says the science is proven that means it is proven. The cabal also talk about climate change deniers as the same as holocaust deniers and that is the oil companies are to blame for the fact that people don't believe what they SHOULD believe. What a relief to read something so credible - I bet it couldn't be published in the US.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ray Very on July 15, 2013
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Mr. Darwall provides an outstanding chronological history of the green movement through all of its name changes and political associations. He, very meticulously, details how politics has always been intertwined with the science. Most importantly, he shows how the scientific method itself has been turned on its head, cherry picking data to support a theory instead of trying to disprove the theory through observation. This is indeed the most troubling aspect of the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Statethebo on April 2, 2014
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Excellent. Forensic analysis and easy-to-read chronological history of this phenomenon. A must read for anyone who wants a balanced view of the issues around the current global warming hysteria.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By mtp on August 16, 2013
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This is an overview of the history of the global warming issue with an emphasis on the politics. The book makes clear that politics is more important than science. For instance, China's scientists reportedly believed that global warming as a result of CO2 was bad science, but continued to negotiate as long as it meant subsidy from the West as a developing country. The strongest indication that the issue is primarily political is the fact reported by the author that the IPPC reports are edited by the governments before they are published. The author is very skeptical of the underlying science. His skepticism is sustained by the almost total failure of the computer models to be correct in their predictions including the current (now 15 year) leveling off to zero of average global temperature increase.
In reading the story of the Hockey Stick section in which the author refutes the theory that the temperature of the world was fundamentally flat for 900 years the suddenly started to rise rapidly I would recommend as further reading Global Crisis by Geoffrey Parker which relates the horrors of the seventeenth century as related to the "Little Ice Age".
Mark Patterson
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