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The Hockey Stick Illusion;Climategate and the Corruption of Science (Independent Minds) [Paperback]

A W Montford
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15 Jan 2010 Independent Minds
Part scientific history and part detective story, The Hockey Stick Illusion tells the extraordinary tale of the iconic global warming graph (created by the US climatologist Michael Mann), the global panic about climate change that it has helped to feed, and the tireless efforts of a lone amateur researcher, Steve McIntyre, that have comprehensively discredited it. From the earliest attempts to reproduce the Hockey Stick graph, to the explosive publication of McIntyre's 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 scientific findings 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. Already acclaimed by experts in the field, The Hockey Stick Illusion is an indispensable guide for anyone wanting to assess the credibility of global warming science.

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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: 19.6 x 13 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,510 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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119 of 142 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hockeystick exposed 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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64 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timely and important 25 Jan 2010
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The flood of blogs and blog-postings on climate threatens to overwhelm the concerned citizen wanting to deepen his or her understanding of climate topics and policies. This book is just what is required to keep one's head above the surface in at least one corner (?) of this tumultuous deluge. By adding a very helpful and well-written commentary to previously published exchanges of emails between critical commentators and climate conspirators (an emotive description, my choice, but readily justified by the CRU emails and software code exposed towards the end of last year), as well as blogposts and articles published in the regular media. Some more extended sections help explain technicalities, not least statistical concepts such as R2 and PC analysis. An important feature of the book is the naming of names, indeed there is a 'dramatis personae' at the start of the main participants, but others such as the chap who became the conspirators friend by censoring Wikipedia articles on climate (not mentioned in the book) are given passing mention. The roles of the two blogs 'RealClimate' and 'Climate Audit' are well covered. The formed was lavishly funded by a leftwing PR agency, the latter was created by self-funded commentators and analysts taking an independent and refreshingly critical view of the statistical and other assertions of what I would be inclined to call 'professional climate alarmists'. All in all, a heartening piece of work. Heartening to see ordinary, albeit talented, people questioning the sermons, admonitions, analyses, and alarums of a remarkably influential coterie of climate scientists and political agitators who managed through the IPCC to have an impact utterly disproportionate to the merits of their case or of their morals.
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59 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not a book - it's EVIDENCE 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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58 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Review of the Facts 31 Jan 2010
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This is an excellent book not only providing a complete picture but well written. I think it is also an important book as it tells a story of a science discipline gone wrong. The quote from Esper tells it all - "the ability to pick and choose which samples to use is an advantage unique to dendroclimatology". THIS IS NOT SCIENCE! This book has provided me with many details which has helped me understand previous papers I had read. For example I never understood how Mann's original papers ever passed the review process as they were so muddled (and I am being kind here) and the NAS report why was it so ambivalent - well now I know! This book is accessible to all especially the layman who is concerned that he/she may not understand complicated science. I think it is important that as many people read it and understand the story of people behaving badly. To quote Einstein "try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value" and McIntyre has certainly shown himself to be a man of value.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Review of "The Hockey Stick Illusion"
Interesting book, yet quite dry and difficult to read. It appears to demolish the set of calculations and statistical manoeuvres which have created the graph curve that is called... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Hubert C. Macfie
5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant book
A thought provoking and beautifully written book that exposes the weird people behind climate science. Read more
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Great expose of the nonsense by the Climate change brigade who are responsible for leading governments into high expenditure unecessarily
Published 6 months ago by Thomas
3.0 out of 5 stars Biased - but not a bad read
I quite enjoyed reading this and at some level it was informative, if rather too long. Hence the 3 stars. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jammy Dodger
5.0 out of 5 stars Climate Change - Sceptic
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. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Raemoirman
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most important books ever written on the processes and...
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. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Hans K Johnsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be compulsory reading for all politicians
I purchased the paperback edition some time ago and decided to invest in the Kindle edition as well to keep it hand for reference for countering alarmists' false arguments. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Robert MacLean
5.0 out of 5 stars An enlightening read
OK, I am a doubter anyway, but having persevered with this book (it's not an easy read) I reached the end a lot wiser and with sufficient knowledge to go check out some of the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Robert Geoffrey Scott
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor science.
This book is very poor science and takes cherry picking data to a whole new level. The worrying thing is how many of the reviewers have been taken in by this conspiracy theory... Read more
Published 18 months ago by MentalLentil
5.0 out of 5 stars A really engaging book. a great read.
As someone who is open minded with regards AGW, this book answered many of the questions I wanted addressing. Read more
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