Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $25.99
  • Save: $7.22 (28%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 13 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Fool Me Twice: Fighting t... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Like New | Details
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: The cover shows no damage or marks! May have a remainder mark. Fast Shipping - Safe and Secure Bubble Mailer!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America Hardcover – October 11, 2011


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$18.77
$3.27 $1.51
Paperback
"Please retry"
$24.95

Frequently Bought Together

Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America + Don't Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style + Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future
Price for all three: $46.15

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605292176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605292175
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"A gripping analysis of America's anti-science crisis."              
                                                          -
Starred Kirkus Review for "remarkable merit"


"every voter in the country should read it."
                                            -MinnPost.com


"In this incredible book, Otto explores the devaluation of science in America. His exhaustively researched text explains the three-pronged attack on science."
                                              -Starred Publishers Weekly review for "outstanding quality"

"The solutions Otto suggests require a great deal of dedication and optimism. Nonetheless, the problems he identifies are quite real. Fool Me Twice offers a compelling consideration of the United States' political estrangement from science. One would very much like to attend to Otto's equally compelling hopes." -Science Magazine

If you want climate change to matter in policy and science more broadly to regain its seat at the table of policymakers, you have to do something and not just wish it. And number one on your list of things to do is to read Fool Me Twice.
                                         -Greg Laden, ScienceBlogs

About the Author

S H A W N  L A W R E N C E  O T T O  is the cofounder and CEO of Science Debate 2008, the largest political initiative in the history of science. He is also an award winning screenwriter best known for writing and coproducing the Academy Award–nominated House of Sand and Fog. He lives in Minnesota.

More About the Author

Shawn Lawrence Otto is the cofounder and CEO of ScienceDebate.org, the largest political initiative in the history of science. In each of the last two presidential elections, Otto has gotten the candidates for president to discuss the major science problems like climate change, ocean health, energy, research, and more - in an online "debate" at ScienceDebate.org. He is a recipient of the IEEE-USA National Distinguished Public Service Award, and his book Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America won the Minnesota Book Award.

Otto is also a filmmaker best known for writing and coproducing the Oscar-nominated film House of Sand and Fog. He lives in Minnesota, in a passive solar, geothermal, wind-powered home he designed and built with his own hands. His personal website is at shawnotto.com

Customer Reviews

This is a really good book on a very important topic.
Book Fanatic
Otto repeats himself frequently, doesn't make his arguments clear, doesn't engage the reader, and makes offensive political barbs.
book junkie
So news shows make us feel informed without actually doing so.
J. Finkel

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

66 of 72 people found the following review helpful By The Spinozanator VINE VOICE on August 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Part I. America's Science Problem

Chapter 1. Let's have a Science Debate: Numbers of scientists and engineers are way up across the world, with the ability to collaborate in an unprecedented way through the internet. The technological fruits of science define our society but US scientists are less and less consulted at the political, economic, and policy-making levels. Less than 2% of Congressmen are trained in science and the little science they hear is usually from lobbyists - not nearly representing mainstream scientific opinion. Scientific journalists are out of work. When other journalists cover a scientific subject they might bring in someone with a dissenting opinion, just to be fair. Thing is, the opinion of an anti-vaccination activist carries no weight compared to the opinion of a scientist with peer-reviewed data showing the astounding efficacy and safety record of our immunization schedules. Among its many antiscience acts, the Bush administration "appointed true believers to key agency positions throughout the federal government and empowered them to hold back or alter scientific reports they didn't agree with."

Chapter 2. Is Science Political: First, a description of the scientific method - actually a collection of strategies - that has brought the world more prosperity in a shorter period of time than anything else has in history. It is this method of observation, coming up with a hypothesis, designing an experiment, evaluating the results, and writing a paper that starts the process. Then the article is published in a professional journal and subjected to intense scrutiny by peers who would like nothing better than to find something wrong with the observations, the hypothesis, the procedures, the results, or all of the above.
Read more ›
9 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Theoden Humphrey VINE VOICE on October 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Science is my pie. And this book is a delicious slice. A la mode.

Forgive the obscure reference, but it summed up my response to this book: I am not a scientist, but science is important to me. And here's what this book has given me: a new inspiration to discuss and debate scientific concepts, particularly with those who attempt to deny truth for political or religious reasons. Arguments to use on those same people, as well as moments of inspiration and fascination for those who don't reject science, but maybe don't understand it -- and, well, for anyone who does understand and enjoy science, as I think I do, since the book certainly inspired me. An argument (At long last -- I've been debating this for years, but never had so sharp a weapon to use) against the free-market-uber-alles paradigm that has arisen in recent years. An explication of how scientific truth informs and pervades the abortion debate, combined with a fine and impassioned defense of women's rights in that issue. Meticulous research and notes, bringing me to hundreds of sources of information and both foundational for this book and soaring beyond it. A dozen moments -- more -- when I had to stop and read a passage out loud to my wife. And, of course, many hours of reading enjoyment; even delight.

The segments of the book that I personally took to were the sections on politics and education (Obviously large and important sections, for a book about the future of science in America), because I am politically active and a long-time online debater, and also a high school teacher. I have watched Creationism rise in the estimation of the youth of my small semi-rural town, and evolution thus fade; since I teach English, I have had to endure a number of persuasive essays on the subject.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Finkel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
'Fool Me Twice' is an overdue, accessible dissertation on the weakening of science in America. Scientists have gone from respected authorities to a despised coven and the practice of scientific learning has edged from an revered tool into a suspect anti-religion. Science has been laid out by its opponents as an institution composed of elitist, manipulative men by very such people.

'Fool Me Twice' is much more than an outspoken attempt to derail some of the propaganda defaming science, it is a thoroughly researched account of the story of how we went from winning the space race to debating a supposed global warming conspiracy. The author spends a large part of the book reviewing the history of science's decline, in much more detail than I expected. It was healthily informative and worthwhile. The following part of the book gets into current debates like global warming and creationism.

The second half of the book discusses the political motivation and execution of the assault on science and finally some possible solutions. While I am always glad to see a writer of this genre present detailed solutions to the problems complained about throughout the book, I feel the author fails to stress some of the problems we must overcome, namely poor educational standards. Most Americans are woefully ignorant of almost every branch of science. I rarely attempt to discuss anything relating to statistics with most people because of how incomprehensible that area is to most people. Yet, statistics is applicable to a huge amount of our daily lives and comes up in a great deal of news stories. Similarly, people lack a basic understanding of economics, physics, probability, finance, etc.
Read more ›
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews