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The Hockey Stick Illusion [Kindle Edition]

A. W. Montford
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Book Description

Here is the definitive exposé of the distorted science behind the iconic global warming graph centrally responsible for the global panic about climate change.

From Steve McIntyre's earliest attempts to reproduce Michael Mann's Hockey Stick graph, to the explosive publication of his work and the launch of a congressional inquiry, The Hockey Stick Illusion is a remarkable tale of scientific misconduct and amateur sleuthing. It explains the complex science of this most controversial of temperature reconstructions in layperson's language and lays bare the remarkable extent to which climatologists have been willing to break their own rules in order to defend climate science's most famous finding.

The book also covers the recent leak of the email archives of the Climatic Research Unit which has led to the resignation of its Director, Professor Phil Jones, and exposed the degree to which climate scientists on both sides of the Atlantic have hidden and manipulated data to support their claims.

Editorial Reviews


Andrew Montford's The Hockey Stick Illusion is one of the best science books in years. It exposes in delicious detail, datum by datum, how a great scientific mistake of immense political weight was perpetrated, defended and camouflaged by a scientific establishment that should now be red with shame. It is a book about principal components, data mining and confidence intervals--subjects that have never before been made thrilling. It is the biography of a graph...Montford's book is written with grace and flair. Like all the best science writers, he knows that the secret is not to leave out the details (because this just results in platitudes and leaps of faith), but rather to make the details delicious, even to the most unmathematical reader. I never thought I would find myself unable to put a book down because--sad, but true--I wanted to know what happened next in an r-squared calculation. This book deserves to win prizes.
Matt Ridley, Prospect

Andrew Montford tells this detective story in exhilarating style.
Joe Brannan, Geoscientist

For anybody who wants to understand the scientific and psychological background to Climategate, there is no better read than Andrew Montford's new book, The Hockey Stick Illusion: Climategate and the Corruption of Science.
Peter Foster, National Post

About the Author

Andrew Montford - The author studied chemistry at St Andrews University. He is a respected blogger at Bishop Hill where his layperson's explanations of the Hockey Stick debate have won wide acclaim. He lives in rural Scotland with his wife and three children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2979 KB
  • Print Length: 489 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1906768358
  • Publisher: Stacey International (June 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005A54KEM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,629 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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268 of 349 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hockey story January 25, 2010
This is a superb review of the story of the hockeystick, the temperature reconstruction which was supposed to show that late 20th century temperatures were unprecedented for at least 1,000 years and which was highlighted in the third IPCC report in 2001. What Montford does in this book is take us through Steven McIntyre's attempt to reproduce the original result of Michael Mann and the controversy that followed. His account is very well written and it reads like a detective story. The technical details of the debate are clearly explained even though there is no heavy mathematics or statistics. He tells the story chronologically and gives a good feel of what people on both sides of the debate actually said at the time (and there are plenty of references as well as judicious quotes from all sides). I have been following this debate for the past five years or so. To my mind this gives as clear an account of the debate as we are likely to see. What is now clear is that the Mann conclusions, far from being based on coherent evidence across a geographical widespread range of proxies all showing similar patterns across the Northern hemisphere, were based on a tiny subset of proxies, bristlecone and foxtail pines, from California whose anomalous 20th century growth was almost certainly not caused by high temperature. The apparently broad evidence was an illusion created by an eccentric implementation of a standard statistical technique called principal components analysis. Mann's version of this (which appears to be his own creation) effectively mined his hundred plus proxies for any which had hockeystick shapes and then gave them huge weight in the analysis. What is worrying about all this is not so much the fact that a paper is wrong. Read more ›
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76 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling case study of scientific corruption February 6, 2010
This excellent book operates on two levels. First, it details the tangled web of deception that made "the hockey stick illusion" the iconic image of the monstrous "Anthropogenic Global Warming" fraud.
Montford makes generally understandable the arcane issues of statistical manipulation that lie at the heart of the false "science." He does so in a narrative that is clear, riveting and horrifying. As a result of the duplicity of the Hockey Team and the IPCC, billions have been spent and we have no idea whether or how human beings may affect climate change. We are at square one.
Second, Montford uses this saga as a case study for the need to require transparency and access to all data and code that underpin scientific claims, especially the research that is used to support government policies.
Clearly so many people were fooled for so long by this particular statistical legerdemain because, without access to the underlying data and code, the effort required to replicate and find the flaws in Mann's Hockey Stick was almost impossible.
Thank Heaven for a retired mathematician - Steve McIntyre - who undertook the thousands of hours (and dollars) required to find and prove the flaws in this duplicitous artifact of NOT Science.
What is needed is a very intense investigation of how the public interest can be protected from such frauds - whether in climate science, financial derivatives, medical policies, etc. To err is human - but to really mess up, it takes a computer! Bravo to A.W. Montford who made the whole story understandable to a mathematically impaired reader like me.
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77 of 112 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vitally Important And Necessary February 23, 2010
Mr. Montford has written an extremely important and interesting book. The topic is scientific fraud, one of the biggest such frauds in the history of humanity. The fraud is the hockey stick assertion that the earth in the late twentieth century experienced unprecedented global warming and higher temperatures, at least for the past two thousand years. If this fraud had remained not refuted humanity would been subject to restrictions that would greatly reduce living standards and freedom. There is a lot a stake with the hockey stick hoax.

Mr. Montford describes in great detail how two courageous, persistent, and heroic Canadian researchers managed to refute the hockey stick hoax. Mr. Montford writes about how these Canadians managed to obtain the data and publish their work. Mr. Montford also goes into great detail about the misuse of data and poor methodology that characterized the hockey stick assertion. He provides a lot of information about the statistical principle components method and how this method was misused to derive the hockey stick shape for the world temperatures over the last thousand years. He also discusses the tree ring data and how such data that was represented to be a proxy for world temperature often was not. The book is encyclopedic in its discussion of the hockey stick hoax. Yet the book is very well written and understandable.

Mr. Montford also points out the hockey stick instigators and the climate journals they wrote for very often refused to provide independent researchers with the data and/or methodology for the articles in support of the hockey stick. Independent researchers had to put much time and effort into their efforts to replicate or at least partially replicate the statistical results of the hockey stick purveyors. Mr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beginning of Chapter 15 summarizes it best. What surprised me is how...
Well written, well documented. Some of what is reported as surprising is the norm in scientific publishing and reviewing by journals (speaking as an former editor). Read more
Published 1 day ago by George D. Klein, author, Dissensions
5.0 out of 5 stars Shame on Michael E. Mann!
A fascinating book that shines a light on the dark under-belly of climate alarmism.
Published 1 day ago by BF
1.0 out of 5 stars AYFKM
The most hilarious waste of time ever spent.
Published 10 days ago by Kay
4.0 out of 5 stars compelling insight into a scandal on par with the Piltdown
compelling insight into a scandal on par with the Piltdown man
Published 28 days ago by Rockdoc
1.0 out of 5 stars Good for them
"The Hockey Stick Illusion" is science denialist propaganda. Montford does not support his case. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gregory T. Laden
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Matt Ridley
What was the Hockey Stick debate all about?

It was about at least two papers published by Michael Mann (and co-authors Badley and Hughes), and a graph which became the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by T. J. Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Mann doesn't want you to read this book!
Since Michael Mann has asked his followers to review this book -- negatively, of course -- it must be having a strong impact on 'The Team' behind the Global Warming panic. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Glenda Browne & Jon Jermey
5.0 out of 5 stars A first rate account of Steve McIntyres' (with Ross McKitrick) ...
A first rate account of Steve McIntyres' (with Ross McKitrick) dogged expose' of Michael E Manns' creation, The Hockey Stick, detailing it's defective data, flawed statistical... Read more
Published 1 month ago by seames
1.0 out of 5 stars Reheated denialist nonsense? Oh, come on...
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Published 1 month ago by Alexandre Araújo Costa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
A must read to understand the bad behavior and science of Michael Mann.
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