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  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers (February 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412805937
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412805933
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,074,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“For the last two decades, from the 1981 publication of his The Ultimate Resource (CH, Jan '82; The Ultimate Resource 2, CH, Mar'97) until his death a year ago, economist Simon took on all comers, whether the subject was population growth, natural resource depletion, pollution and other alleged environmental degradations, living standards, forecasts, statistical claims, or other contemporary issues that required someone who could interject a contrarian viewpoint or demand honesty of politicians, academics, and the media… Never one to shy away from controversy or a good intellectual fight, Simon always had plenty of disciples and detractors; this book, from the grave of someone who had a remarkably high lifetime batting average, should be required reading by both groups. Public, academic, and professional collections.” 

—A. R. Sanderson,Choice

"Julian Simon loved to make bets. Fifty years from now readers who peruse Earth in the Balance by Albert Gore and Hoodwinking the Nation by Julian Simon will giggle at one of them. Let's bet which."

Ben Wattenberg

"Julian Simon had a brilliant insight into the economics of doomsaying... the business of environmentalism has fouled the marketplace of ideas to the point where truth is an endangered species."

P. J. O'Rourke

About the Author

Julian L. Simon (1932-1998) was professor of business administration at the University of Maryland and distinguished senior fellow of the Cato Institute. He is credited as being one of the founders of free-market environmentalism. His books include Hoodwinking the Nation, The Philosophy and Practice of Resampling Statistics, and The Ultimate Resource.


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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Kearney on April 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I was somewhat disappointed with this book because it turned out to be a heavily abridged version of The Ultimate Resource 2, which is a great book. Nevertheless, for someone who wants an introduction to Julian Simon's writings, Hoodwinking The Nation will admirably serve the purpose. If you like it, then I highly recommend The Ultimate Resource 2, which is about 4 times the length and contains lots of charts and graphs. But if you have already read The Ultimate Resource 2, you will not need this book.
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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful By David C. Greene on July 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
For ten years I (a physicist) have been reading both scientific and political news about global warming. This has led to strong feelings of frustration in trying to answer the question: "Why is the global warming steamroller so overwhelming?" Julian Simon provides the answer - not a very encouraging one, but his explanation of the causes of the hoodwinking could form the basis for fixing what is wrong with the way we form opinions. I am not confident that we could ever develop his suggested "Truth Lobby," but the idea is intriguing. My reading of a library copy of this book has motivated me toward buying the book for presentation to the president of our local college. I would do so in the hope that reading it would help her understand the hoodwinking that is happening under her nose in the college's "Environmental Studies" program (part of the college's Department of Politics). Simon exhibits admirable restraint where I might have resorted to ridicule. I think that he didn't go far enough in identifying vested interests in people with impeccable motives (e.g., "Saving the Earth"). Now, if we can just convince Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio, Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Dan Rather and Bill Clinton that they don't know jake about climate science ... . This is an important, scholarly book with importance outside the area of environmental activism.
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70 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Eugene A Jewett on October 31, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Simon does his usual thing in this book as he debunks the bunked-up balderdash of the blinkered. His "Ultimate Resource" book, his book on "the State of Humanity" and his posthumous offering, "It's Getting Better All the Time" with Stephan Moore, all converge with the theme of exposing the political agenda under which the progressive Left operates as they disguise their true motives while waving their banner of concern for the environment. The recent publication by Bjorn Lomborg, "the Skeptical Environmentalist", just adds more fuel to Simon's fire. Lomborg has impeccable Leftist credentials as a former member of Greenpeace who also works as a professor in the political science department of a Danish University. He's just that oddity of oddities, an honest Leftist intellectual.
Lomborg set out to prove Simon wrong, but found him to be...drumroll...., to in fact, be right. Lomborg's shock parallels Ron Radosh's experience in setting out to prove the Rosenbergs innocent, but in fact finding that they were guilty. Both men have received scorn at the hands of the Far Left. They are made to be an un-person in true Stalinist style as they suffer the dispersement of disinformation at the hands of their former comrades. The rabbit is out of the hat, as Simon has always known, it's a political agenda that fuels almost all the environmental scare tactics of the Left and in no way does their agenda resemble a search for the truth.
Simon and Lomborg both used statistics and science, freely available in the public domain, leading Lomborg to question why so many environmental myths are so truculently lodged in the minds of the public?
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Roast on February 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Tired of the psuedo-science and nonsense that surrounds environmental and population issues? This is just the cure - Simon eviscerates the notion that things are bad and getting worse - this book confirms that things are indeed getting better, there is no substantive eco distaster on any large scale, and demolishes the myth of over-population. He doesn't do this from a soapbox, though, he is a Ph.D. in economics and has a clear understanding of statistics, data, noise, and what the difference between the three are. Having said that, this book is very readable and not some arid intellectual treatise.
Along the way he thoughtfully explains why our culture, our media, our government, and indeed, our very own psyche prefer bogus bad news to the truth. A real breath of fresh air. Buy it, read it, you'll love it...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 8, 2008
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I took a course from Prof. Simon at the University of Illinois in 1978 titled "The Economics of Population, Resources and the Environment" and he literally changed the way I thought about everything. He was a gifted teacher and used vast amounts of data to support his arguments debunking the alarmists that always seem to be with us. I actually bought this book for my son because we discuss this stuff all the time and Prof. Simon does a better job explaining it than I ever could. Think of this as the Readers Digest version of Ultimate Resource 2: it is a quick read for the uninitiated and is a good introduction to the topic.
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