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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee; Original edition (20 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399535012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399535017
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. F. Reynolds on 7 April 2010
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... buy it for someone else.

Buy it for your children, or for your grandchildren.

I've given What's the Worst That Could Happen? five stars. Full marks. But, Greg's book itself advises me to critically analyze my sources: excellent advice. It follows that since you (almost certainly) don't know me, my opinion shouldn't influence your decision whether to buy this book. So, perhaps I should just stop here.

If you're swayed by numbers, then I should point out that there are currently 33 reviews of this book over on Amazon.COM (see http://www.amazon.com/Whats-Worst-That-Could-Happen/product-reviews/B0030EG0NY/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1).

Having read Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming it's clear that there are vested interests at work muddying the waters, discrediting science - as well as the scientists doing the science. It's hard work filtering out the sense from the nonsense. What's the Worst That Could Happen? has some very useful ideas in this regard.

If you do buy What's the Worst That Could Happen? for yourself, do us all a favour: don't let it sit on a bookshelf, time is too short for still more carbon to sit and slowly rot. Give it to someone else (and ask that person to read it -- or not -- but to pass it on in their turn, too).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Wrench on 5 April 2010
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If you find the utter certainties of the two sides in the global warming debate confusing, this could be the book for you. Greg Craven is a science teacher in the USA so he knows a bit about his subject; more importantly, he doesn't harangue you or the various 'experts' on either side. He just takes you through a form of risk analysis in a humorous and highly readable way, asking the question that's on the front. Unlike one of the other reviews of this book you can read here, he doesn't set about rubbishing people's ideas but does apply a degree of varied weight to them, using a set of criteria he's chosen. You don't have to adopt the same criteria, and he's anxious you avoid some normal preconceptions humans fall for, so you get warned about 'red flags' - the first of which is our tendency to look only for evidence to support our own views.
I saw some of Greg Craven's rather whacky videos on You Tube so I was interested that he'd taken the debate he'd been having online into the full book field. This is thoughtfully argued and written in a light-hearted style, with some neat little asides in the margins. Considering the subject matter, it's an enormously enjoyable read; I'd have like to have Mr Craven as my teacher at school.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Simon Loveday on 13 Sept. 2009
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This short and readable book is a fresh approach to the very vexed and angry debate about this topic. Mr Craven sets out, not to find an answer to the question in the title, but to help us - the readers - to find our own answers. The thrust of his book is this: what criteria are we using to make up our minds between 'warmers' and 'skeptics'? And how can we use those criteria consistently, so that we think rationally rather than irrationally, and select evidence fairly rather than just to meet our own preconceptions?

What is particularly good about the book is the way the author forces us to confront our own prejudices and the biases inherent in our own thinking ('Assumptions training', pp 49-51 and 59-75). A particularly acute example is 'confirmation bias' - Peter Wason's 1960 experiment that shows our tendency to seek out views that support ours, instead of views that challenge or falsify our view. An even better example is his insistence that we actually write down the factors that make us believe a particular source (e.g. peer-reviewed paper, well respected scientist, someone you might expect NOT to hold that view) - so that when we come across a view, we have to assess it on the merits of its source, not just on whether it confirms our preconceptions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr S Sheridan on 9 Jun. 2013
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If I could recommend that everybody read just one book…. It would probably be this one. A great insight in to what we are truly doing in the name of progress and how simple it would be to simply stop it.

Some great lessons for life as well as how to save the planet one person at a time. It is a shame the readership will probably be limited to the people that already follow its advice. Although I know I have already given away six copies, so there is hope yet.
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