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  • Paperback: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Stacey International; Later Printing edition (15 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906768358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906768355
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A rattling good detective story and a detailed and brilliant piece of science writing. --Matt Ridley, The Spectator

....one of the best science books in years....deserves to win prizes --Prospect Magazine

In addition, we can now read in shocking detail the truth of the outrageous efforts made to ensure that the same 2007 report was able to keep on board IPCC's most shameless stunt of all - the notorious 'hockey stick' graph......For a full account see Andrew Montford's The Hockey Stick Illusion. --Christopher Booker, The Sunday Telegraph

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The author studied chemistry at St Andrews University. He is a respected blogger at Bishop Hill (http://bishophill.squarespace.com) 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.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. D. Burton on 6 Sep 2012
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As a scientist I know how hard it is to draw definitive conclusion from vague data (or even strong data). Thats why for years I have been surprised by the strength of the concensus on climate change in consideration of the sciences relative youth and the use of novel detection techniques on an extremely complex system such as the earth.

I decided to look into it further and this book satisfied my need. Its not dumbed down. Its of current interest and focuses on the science tied to the paper in question rather than going on a wild goose chase through the murky depths of the entire field of climatology. And on top of the useful information it provides its a good read, as are all conspiracy theories that are proven to be true.

This book hasn't persuaded me that climate change is not occuring but has reinforced the argument that the scientific community should be aware of the limitations (and indeed the failures) of different methods and statistics and that this awareness will only come about when there is transparency and reproduction in their work.
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I just wish more people could read it so we could stop this madness and get the economies and policies of most western countries back on track again. To do my part, I bought 5 books to give to people that believe what they are fed by the MSM.
Most people do not bother to check for themselves however, in my experience those that do check, convert to skepticism instantly and are disgusted by the way they have been mislead by equally non-informed, well intended media and scientists. This book essentially tells the story of one man that came to realize that what is supposedly the most scrutinized science the world has ever seen, is based on faulty statistics and deliberate deceit. His name is Steve McIntyre and he deserves all the credit he can ever obtain. An enormous amount of credit also goes to A.W Montford for making the story very understandable and exiting to all readers.
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121 of 144 people found the following review helpful By M. PHELPS on 24 Jan 2010
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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 form 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Raemoirman on 6 July 2013
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Most interesting book I've read for a long time. As a scientist I was amazed at the shenanigans that have been going on about the climate change debate. This book is very illuminating
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62 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Mabbs on 29 Jan 2010
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You may have seen a few articles about Mr Mann's 'Hockey Stick' graph and the way it underpinned IPCC Reports
and Al Gore's climate propaganda and David Attenborough's climate documentary, Dr Iain Stewarts climate
documentary, our MET office and wonder how this brilliant man became so famous just a year after getting his PhD.

This book tells you how he did it. Considering the amount of worldwide panic he has created and the money
that has been wasted on him and his friend Mr Jones at CRU this book should be treated as EVIDENCE.
This is a dissection of Mann's working methods and the way he has manipulated previously highly
thought of journals and ruined the careers of excellent diligent scientists around the world.
His refusal to be open and honest in his dealings with the scientific community will make your blood boil.

The planet may well be warming.. a bit. It would be surprising if we did not have something to do with it
but hardly enough to cause panic and Carbon Taxation worldwide.
You will have to decide if he did it for money, fame or for deeper reasons associated with UN/IMF/World Bank
ambitions to create a World Government based on Carbon Trading.

It is technical in places, it has to be, but it's worth lighting up a few braincells to get the full picture.
My only disappointment is that the story, as yet, is not over.
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