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Not up to advance billing.
on March 6, 2012
Before I commit to a purchase of anything on Amazon, I read the publishers notes, sample the customer reviews and order a sample. The only reason this offering made the cut was that the sample was miniscule--woefully small. I should have known.
This--global warming and proposed solutions--has been an interest of mine for some time. I have looked into it enough to tell you that VIRTUALLY ALL THIS AUTHOR COVERED COULD HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED IN ONE (maybe two) internet searches. This is a survey book, and not a very good one. First, I have a question? This is a really short work. Is it a Kindle Single? It's called a Kindle e-book. Whichever, it means that Amazon's editorial standards are below sub-par and caveat emptor!
1. The book was obviously a "once-over-lightly" survey of readily available literature. The author dropped a lot of names, and I imagine his telephone bill would reflect some effort at reaching these people, but the material he got from them was already public domain. There was no evidence of hard-core digging. No names from struggling projects that had attracted no public attention or adequate funding. It was a simple survey of a couple internet searches.
2. It wasn't very well organized. It summoned up a cause in the last thousand words, but the support was at best, tepid. There was really no story here. The author read off a list of people and companies, talked about what they were doing, and moved on. He offered some judgements (mostly of others) about the viability of their projects. He did get into one second level problem; the idea that engineered solutions to temperature change could allow politicians to ignore the more permanent and serious problem of Co2 saturation in the atmosphere and acidification of the oceans, but again, there was no passion.
3. It was perfectly unedited. In his acknowledgements he thanks a group of named people for helping with the manuscript while graciously taking the blame for remaining errors. Marc, this work is loaded with errors. No one read or reviewed it--even you! Too many of the mistakes are glaring choices of the wrong connecting word, the extra word added that just doesn't fit in the sentence, the obvious word missing that the author thought but failed to type. The errors made were those of an experienced author ON A FIRST DRAFT. As such, they are inexcuseable. The further you get into the manuscript, the more there are. It is equally inexcuseable of AMAZON in its role as publisher, to pass on such scribbling as finished product and charge for it.
In short, it is my firm belief that the author had a couple of empty days (he is a long-standing, professional author) and passed off this terrible offering to us for a few bucks! Get it yourself off the internet. There they will have charts, graphs and pictures. NOT RECOMMENDED!