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The Real Global Warming Disaster: Is The Obsession With `Climate Change` Turning Out To Be The Most Costly Scientific Blunder In History? Hardcover – 17 Oct 2009


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum; First Edition edition (17 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441110526
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441110527
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3.6 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As a noted commentator on the political, social and psychological history of our time, Christopher Booker has in recent years, through his weekly Sunday Telegraph column, become the most conspicuous 'global warming sceptic' in the British press. He has based his view on exhaustive research into the scientific evidence for and against the theory of 'man-made climate change'.

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'[Booker] digs, he makes the calls, he reads the small print, he takes up the cause of the little man and campaigns, he speaks truth to power without fear or favour ... I'd rate [Booker] among the greatest [journalists] of the age ... [The Real Global Warming Disaster] is another of those classics which any vaguely intelligent person who wants to know what's really going on needs to read.' --James Delingpole, The Spectator

About the Author

As a noted commentator on the political, social and psychological history of our time, Christopher Booker has in recent years, through his weekly Sunday Telegraph column, become the most conspicuous global warming sceptic in the British press. He has based his view on exhaustive research into the scientific evidence for and against the theory of man-made climate change . His professional interest in this issue grew out of research for his previous book Scared The Death, co-written with Dr Richard North, a study of the scare phenomenon which has been such a prominent feature of Western life in recent decades. Booker s other recent books have included The Seven Basic Plots, a best-selling analysis of why we tell stories which has established itself as a standard text (also published by Continuum). He has been an author and journalist for nearly 50 years, and was the founding editor of the satirical magazine Private Eye.

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243 of 279 people found the following review helpful By Gareth on 15 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is easily the best of several books I have read on the subject of global warming. Booker traces the history of the alarm over AGW from its origin - following the careers of the main proponents of the scare, such as James Hansen and Al Gore. In doing so he highlights their political manouevring, their inability to debate and justify their views and their growing vested interests. He describes in detail the way the notorious "Hockey Stick" graph appeared, became a major propaganda weapon, then became completely discredited. He describes how the British government's scientific advisers were exposed and humiliated when they tried to recruit leading Russian scientists to the crusade against global warming.
Booker goes on to chronicle the political response to warming - the process that led to Kyoto, the proliferation of useless wind farms and the British government's new law which requires us to reduce CO2 emissions by 80%, without having the slightest idea how to do so without shutting down the economy.
If you only buy one book about global warming, buy this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MrsPaul TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Feb. 2015
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Common sense and good research make the journalist. Doesn't matter if you believe in AGW/Climate Change Via Mankind's Selfishness, this is a must read if you are at all looking for 'the other side' of the story of current global climate change conditions.

Personally I believe global climate is cyclical and more down to 'just the way it is every few thousand years or so' than my occasional Sunday drive and multi-fuel stove use so I naturally agree with just about everything Mr Booker writes on the topic. He backs EVERYTHING he writes up in this book with reliable and credible science references, and where he discusses the implications of the push to 'reduce our carbon footprint' he doesn't seem to let his personal opinion become an excuse for cheap shots and snarkiness.

I lent my copy to a neighbour who believes with her whole heart Mankind is 200% at fault for the current weather extremes we're seeing. She just returned it this morning and we were able to have a really good discussion - for once without her saying I'm 'out of touch with reality' for not agreeing with her views, so the book was a double bonus for me:) She still believes it's all our fault, lol, but at least she's comfortable with exposure to a well written and researched dissent. Whew!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. Smith on 14 Oct. 2014
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Excellent book giving the alternative view to the climate change debate where it is so important to reach a balanced discussion which unfortunately is sadly lacking in the media. Very well written and definitely thought provoking.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John on 7 Jun. 2013
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This was a fairly concentrated read - but well worth it. a lot of believeable information and it helps to balance the obsession with Global Warming (and its all our fault!) which permeates just about every newspaper and TV report. Would you believe I was doing a survey for a local library recently and one of the staff asked whether I was going to be asking any questions about how Global Warming is impacting on people attending the library !!!!! It's become an unhealthy obsession and Christopher Booker book give you "the other side of the story". Excellent.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By emblenworldtour on 3 July 2013
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Finally a clear, concise, truthful account of the history of the manmade Climate Change scam being fostered on the citizens of this world.

The book goes into the background of how politics hijacked science, how people are having their money stolen for no reason other than to enrich a few individuals. It tells the awful story of how world renowned scientists are being denied funding because they dared ask that the debate be conducted with proper scientific rigour.

It leaves no doubt how high this scam goes, how our money funds the Met Office and the BBC to follow personal agendas, without any concern for the truth.

And finally why, it looks at what the science, the facts, really tell us.

I defy anyone to read this book and then still believe the lies we are constantly being fed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By andrew hayes on 20 Oct. 2014
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Anyone who grumbles about their energy bill should read this, and will then realise how the general public is being continually conned by the so called "experts" , politicians , green lobby and the BBC.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lightning_dragon on 18 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished this book and have a scientific background.

I have also just been reading a lot of the comments regarding other reviews.

I am not that clever but here is what I think of the book.

It was an entertaining read. It asked questions about the validity of data and the supposed manipulation of said data to bring about the "end of the world" scenario that the pro-Global Warming lobby seem hell bent on (please excuse the pun) presenting.
I have to say that the text reads as less than balanced (as the vehement anti-Gore/Mann/IPCC sentiment attests to) but have to admit that I am swung by the more than real questions regarding the "social" connections between the IPCC report "scientists" and the very real criticisms of the manipulation of data by independent specialists in their respective fields (e.g. Wegman). I find the suppression, if that is the real truth, of Svensmark's papers (muon seeding) because of their possible anti-concensus spin really disturbing.

I will add that this book is written by a JOURNALIST not a SCIENTIST so all those reviewers/zealots from either camp should stay away from it. It will not change your mind! I am, personally, glad it isn't written by a scientist because, having read so many papers in my time, it would be deathly dull and wouldn't get you moved either way.

BIG CRITICISM - For a journalist there had been very slack tracking of errors. Spelling and basic grammar were found lacking in most chapters. I'm guessing that Mr Booker has such feelings that his fingers were in a blur on the keyboard. No excuses - bad writing (I should know, I'm not Shakespeare) from a broadsheet newspaper should be a criminal offence.
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