- Hardcover: 1005 pages
- Publisher: Harper Collins; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0739448153
- ISBN-13: 978-0739448151
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 2.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2,135 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,330,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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State of Fear Hardcover – Large Print, 2004
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Second, having been trained in the Earth Science; a member of local, national, and global environmental groups; and an Environmental Science teacher I LOVED THIS BOOK! Why? Because it makes you think about what you know, why you know it, and where the information comes from. Nobody should take information published second-hand and not think about how data can be misconstrued (including the data published in this book).
Third, State of Fear makes you think about the hypocrisy of American Environmentalism: living in enormous houses in the middle of forest-fire prone landscapes, driving everywhere, wasting water, and then paying money to large environmental groups who overstate scientific findings (just like the energy companies do). Assuaging our guilt isn't going to make the world a better place.
Finally, Crichton encourages us to not be sheep. Think for yourself. Read the primary sources of data with an open-mind. Live the way you wish everyone else lived. Judgement without compassion is worthless.
As a scientist familiar with the climate warming issue, having managed research in the area, I believe Crichton's book makes an important statement to the many who believe that the issue is settled, that human-induced warming is real and that catastrophe will follow.Read more ›
In State of Fear he reverses field and uses the incorrectly perceived threats of environmental disaster as the underlying impetus for a novel. In Crichton's view, the whole global warming argument is false. His view is that environmentalism has degenerated into a quasi religious system devoid of scientific veracity. Thus, the proponents of the global warming hysteria are pushing faith over fact, many of them have lost their moorings and the inevitable result is a grand conspiracy.
At the heart of this conspiracy is Nick Drake, head of a radical environmentalist group. Outraged that a significant source of funding has been closed by the donors getting Drakes science debunked by a MIT professor, drakes sets out on a murderous course that is designed to both do away with his detractors and enemies while concomitantly creating a profound state of fear about global warming among the public.
As is generally the case with Crichton, an avalanche of scientific data is imparted in Crichton's usual informative yet entertaining manner. Many will debate the validity of Crichton's "science" as regards the issue of global warming. As Crichton so deftly displays in this novel, this issue has become more political than scientific in many ways and there's no reason this novel won't be analyzed in that light.
The story has all the traditional strengths and weaknesses of a Crichton novel. Crichton is an accomplished technician and that comes through in this novel. It can justifiably be called a page turner.Read more ›
I am a specialist in mosquito-borne diseases. I worked for the CDC in the US for 22 years. Now I work for the Pasteur Institute in France.
For more than 12 years I have been battling the mis-information on my speciality that is doled out by global warming alarmists. I believe I am winning: predictions of the "spread" of malaria, dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases were once top of the list of dangers predicted by these ignorant, uninformed people.
Sadly, the alarmists have now switched to sea-level rise and other dangers, despite the protests of professional scientists. Crighton's book reveals the disgraceful way that this mis-information is peddled. Let me summarize in my own words:
More than a million articles are published in peer-reviewed scientific journals every year. The lay-public is unaware of this colossal output; popular information on research findings is limited to "newsworthy" articles, selected, described and interpreted by the media.
Professional scientists rarely draw firm conclusions from a single article, but consider its contribution in the context of other publications and their own experience, knowledge, and speculations. The complexity of this process, and the uncertainties involved, are a major obstacle to meaningful understanding of scientific issues by non-scientists.
In the age of information, popular knowledge of scientific issues-particularly on issues of health and the environment-is awash in a tide of misinformation, much of it presented in the 'big talk' of professional scientists. Alarmist activists operating in well-funded advocacy groups have a lead role in creating and promoting this misinformation.Read more ›
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Book does a good job of exposing the real reasons behind the scam being sold as global warming and related things. Book starts slow, but you will soon not be able to put down.Published 10 days ago by Scott R. Columbia, SC
Made me really think about global warming and started doing my own research. The jury is still out.Published 15 days ago by Sandra Foster
This is a well written novel that is both entertaining and thought provoking. It makes you rethink how easily information can be accepted as fact, and how, more often than not,... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Lecsi
I chose this rating because I could not put this book down from the moment I started reading it! Great Read, great subject!Published 20 days ago by Kindle Customer
Crichton did a great job in this novel of presenting an unpopular view of an issue that is as talked about today as it was when the book was written. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Sandra
Im not one for fiction but this one makes you think about global warming from both sides of the argument and is a fantastic read to boot.Published 27 days ago by Kirstie
This book gives a glimpse of how government is doing to us. Or I should say, how we are doing it to ourselves.Published 1 month ago by D
It makes you think about what you believe. I wanted to find out more about different ideas and what works.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer