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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023115254X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231152549
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Meteorology and Director of the Earth Systems Science Center at Penn State University. Despite being in the public eye, he continues an active research program in climate science and has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers in leading scientific journals. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Union. In 2012 he received the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union. Along with other scientists, he contributed to the reports of the IPCC, which was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He is also a co-founder of the award-winning website www.RealClimate.org.



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)

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 ©)

Abbreviations and AcronymsPrologue: What Is the Hockey Stick?1. Born in a War2. Climate Science Comes of Age3. Signals in the Noise4. The Making of the Hockey Stick5. The Origins of Denial6. A Candle in the Dark7. In the Line of Fire8. Hockey Stick Goes to Washington9. When You Get Your Picture on the Cover of...10. Say it Ain't So (Smokey) Joe!11. A Tale of Two Reports12. Heads of the Hydra13. The Battle of the Bulge14. Climategate: The Real Story15. Fighting BackEpilogueGlossaryNotesSelected BibliographyAcknowledgmentsIndex



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 1900-01-00)

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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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 1/20/2012)

The brilliant and courageous climatologist Michael 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, Mann tells the "hockey stick" story, exposing the forces behind the denialist rhetoric, refuting the charges of disinformation campaigns, and eloquently conveying the importance of both doing great science and communicating its societal implications to a wider public.

(Paul R. Ehrlich, co-author of The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment and Humanity on a Tightrope 2/19/2012)

Although not initially of his own choosing, Michael 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 2/27/2012)

In The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, Michael Mann presents his conviction that climate change is real and potentially deadly, and defends his now famous "Hockey Stick Graph." A truly readable book on a topic that will remain evergreen.

(James Lovelock, author of A New Look at Life on Earth and The Revenge of Gaia )

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, but serious implications of the crusade to discredit distinguished scientists like Michael Mann.

(Sherwood Boehlert, Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives 1983-2007, 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 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 )

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

(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)Kirkus Reviews (starred review)Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

(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, first published in Nature by Mann, Bradley and Hughes in 1998: the Hockey Stick.

(DarkSyde Daily Kos )

A harrowing ride through the politics of truth and denial.Huffington Post

(Shawn Lawrence Otto Huffington Post )

More About the Author

Dr. Michael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Penn State University, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC).

Dr. Mann received his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Applied Math from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.S. degree in Physics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University. His research involves the use of theoretical models and observational data to better understand Earth's climate system.

Dr. Mann was a Lead Author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001 and was organizing committee chair for the National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science in 2003. He has received a number of honors and awards including NOAA's outstanding publication award in 2002 and selection by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002. He contributed, with other IPCC authors, to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He was awarded the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2012 and was awarded the National Conservation Achievement Award for science by the National Wildlife Federation in 2013. He made Bloomberg News' list of fifty most influential people in 2013. He is a Fellow of both the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society.

Dr. Mann is author of more than 160 peer-reviewed and edited publications, and has published two books: Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming in 2008 and The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines, in 2012. He is also a co-founder and avid contributor to the award-winning website "RealClimate.org".

Customer Reviews

It was a very good well written book and I would recommend it to any readers interested in this subject.
Alex K
This is an important book - detailing the concerted corporate/right wing media attacks on the science of global climate change.
David
I found Michael E. Mann's book, "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars", to be exciting and re-assuring at first.
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560 of 713 people found the following review helpful By Stephen S. Mulkey on February 10, 2012
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I have been directly involved in the hockey stick war. I have been been an active research ecologist for over 20 years, and during the last 10 years I have focused on climate change and its effects on living systems. During part of my recent career, I was employed as science advisor to the Century Commission for a Sustainable Florida, a legislatively mandated commission. In March of 2007, while giving an invited report on climate change to a select committee of the Florida legislature, a conservative legislator rose from his seat and declared me to be a liar and demanded that I be dismissed. Indeed, I was asked to step from the podium. Only one newspaper in the state carried the story, and my employers, who were GOP appointees, did not so much as apologize for my treatment. Democracy in action, right?

My sin? I had shown the hockey stick. When I approached the legislator who had objected, I discovered that he did not know that the National Academy and reviewed Michael Mann's work and found it to be fundamentally sound. Indeed, it was not apparent that he even knew of the existence of the US National Academy. After the climate gate emails were released, the prestigious journal Nature referred to the push back from the oil soaked Irrational Right as a "street fight." I could not agree more.

I have carefully read and evaluated Mann's work and I find it to be of the highest standards of scientific integrity. He has been vindicated by numerous reviews. Despite continued harassment, he continues to find time to do excellent research. I have the greatest respect for him as a colleague and role model.

The story that Mann recounts in this book is horrific and indicative of the demise of our most cherished institutions.
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63 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Richard on August 6, 2013
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The science behind Climate Change is one of the most contested and controversial topics of the 21st century - but not at all among the over 2,500 actual peer reviewed climate scientists. The only real controversy over the climate science comes from a well funded consortium of "think tanks" like the Heartland Institute, the Cato Institute, and the George C. Marshall Institute to name a few. This anti science campaign is heavily funded by the fossil fuel industry and thrives upon extreme right-winged neo-conservative ideologues. This campaign has done more to doom future generations to the perils of nature that climate change is about to foist upon them.

In this ideological war against climate science and against the imperative necessity of leaving carbon in the ground that threatened the very foundation of the carbon industry,Dr. Michael Mann's very detailed and very accurate measurements of atmospheric carbon content and related historic temperature records dating back 800,000 years that came from an ancient Antarctic glacier honoured him with the distinction of being the prime target of a congressional witch hunt and kangaroo court that desperately attempted to discredit him and disgrace him within the scientific community.

Even after Dr. Mann was thoroughly exonerated and cleared of any misgivings and even after his science was tested by four independent agencies; NASSA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the Met Office/Hadley Centre (UK), NOAA National Climatic Data Centre, and the Japanese Meteorological Agency, all of whom came out with the same results, these climate deniers ignore the confirmation and, to this day, keep on perpetuating their lies claiming that he fudged his science.

This book is Dr.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By alan mcafee on February 27, 2014
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Michael Mann's book lays out the tactics of well-funded industry deniers and the case for taking action on climate with clear, stark, irrefutable facts.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Daniel R Moutal on February 27, 2014
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I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to really understand the climate issue and the ongoing fight by some to prevent the general public from achieving this understanding.
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47 of 58 people found the following review helpful By LeLe on April 11, 2013
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Professor Michael E. Mann's book is an eye opener, and if you're looking to learn about what is going on, and I mean what is really going on with our Earth, then READ THIS! It's so important to read because it's an insider's game. Us average American citizens don't spend our every hour researching climate science so our government is capable of keeping us in the dark on the manner. Michael E. Mann has put himself on the front lines of the climate battle, and gone from only a climate scientist to a soldier in a political and legal war over the subject. That's the great thing about reading The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars because it takes away all the political aspects, and gets down to the hard facts that so many are trying to cover up such as the conservative Republicans. Michael E. Mann is sure to become a hero of yours after reading the book. I especially love that he starts the book setting the record straight, which is so important in my opinion. His style of reading makes the complex relatively easy to understand, and his character shines through his writing. He covers topics that cannot be ignored any longer. Fossil fuel burning has reached 31.6 gigatons in 2011, which is up 3.2 percent since 2010!! He makes a great analogy to the way scientists are treated by politicians trying to cover up our warming Earth. He calls it "the serengeti strategy." He writes, "The climate change deniers isolate individual scientists just as predators on the Serengeti Plain of Africa hunt their prey: picking off vulnerable individuals from the rest of the herd." It's hard to deny Dr. Michael's data because he and his team have used thousands of years of evidence from around the globe, and used "principal component analysis" to target factors most responsible for change. Read it, you won't regret it.
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