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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Quartet Books; Paperback edition (1 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704373394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704373396
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 408,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Like most of those on both sides of the debate, Rupert Darwall is not a scientist. He is a wonderfully lucid historian of intellectual and political movements, which is just the job to explain what has been inflicted on us over the past thirty years or so in the name of saving the planet ... Scientists, Rupert Darwall complains, have been too ready to embrace the "subjectivity" of the future, and too often have a "cultural aversion to learning from the past". If they read this tremendous book they will see those lessons set out with painful clarity' --Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph

'A superb and compelling book' --Mail on Sunday

'This is a brilliant piece of work that every climate change negotiator should have in his front pocket' --Jon Snow

'A great achievement ... Rupert Darwall has written a compelling and balanced account of a story that needs to be told' --Nigel Lawson

'A total masterpiece' --James Delingpole

'Gripping ... Darwall's book has been widely praised as a welcome addition to our understanding of this extraordinary story, which as he says reflects a historic shift in the global balance of power between the West and those fast-rising nations to the east led by China and India' --Spectator

'Rupert Darwall has told a story of frauds and fools thoroughly and well. His truth may be inconvenient for some. For the rest of us, it is a breath of fresh air' --The American Spectator

About the Author

Rupert Darwall is a writer and corporate strategist. He read economics and history at Cambridge, after which he worked at the Conservative Research Department and then in the City as an investment analyst and in corporate finance. He has written for leading publications in the UK and the US and for London-based think tanks.


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By Dr Barry Clayton TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Mar. 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book demolishes the claim that our planet is threatened by global warming. It is beautifully written and witty.
Some 4 years ago Christopher Booker began the demolition process in his excellent book:'The Real Global Warming'.He exposed bogus computer models that were used by the likes of Al Gore and others to 'prove' we were facing disaster. He quoted the first IPCC Chairman, Sir John Houghton admitting that:'Unless we announce disasters, no one will listen'.Booker showed how, contrary to all expert predictions, global temperatures had not continued to rise, instead they had flattened out or even fallen. Furthermore, he exposed the fact that the IPCC's brief was not to objectively weigh the evidence, it was to begin by assuming climate change as proven, and then go on to promote and inspire the political response to a threat which had never been proved! He demonstrated that the cost of the measures being suggested in order to combat the 'threat' would be 'astronomic'.

In this new book by Rupert Darwell the author supports Booker's thesis with superb arguments and facts. He shows how an increasing number of leading scientists are admitting that earlier forecasts of global catastrophe were exaggerated.
Darwell exposes the dubious claims of the green movement, in particular the meaningless idea of 'sustainable development'. He describes computer predictions as a prime example of Popper's famous term:'pseudo-science' or Marx's historical materialism. He explains why this is. It is because the claims predicted cannot be proven or falsified by scientific experiment or evidence.

Few politicians and well-known scientists emerge with credit from Darwell's analysis. Both were, and still are, guilty of mutually reinforcing an evangelical debate.
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Darwall is an extremely talented writer with an enormously impressive analytical mind. He tells the tale of the growth of the idea of Global Warming and its place in the world today in a detailed but thoroughly entertaining way. There is a great deal to learn and to smile at here.

The Global Warming debate divides opinion absurdly. You are either a believer or a non-believer, and most writing on the subject reflects that: it's either Monbiot-esque vitriol for anyone who dares question the political orthodoxy in any way, or it's Daily Maily ranting about how it's "all a load of rubbish...so-called scientists...etc." The author rises way above that sort of passion and ignorance. I could well imagine that, in time, this book could turn out to be something of a turning point for the whole debate. I certainly hope so.
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As others have noted, this is not always an easy read. The author has been meticulous about coverage and documentation (pages 351 to 416 contain supporting notes), but he has also displayed many insights of his own in this intelligent, fair-minded, and compelling account of the decades of delusion and manipulation that have led us the current sorry state of climate-related politics, policies, and the further promotion of alarms without adequate foundation. As Darwall says, right at the end of the book, "When it comes to learning from their mistakes, collectively scientists vie with the Bourbons.". This might seem unfair on the vast majority of scientists who have never spoken out on climate, and whose views have not been systematically consulted by the leaderships of such bodies as the Royal Society or many other learned societies over many disciplines. Leaderships which have nevertheless spouted green propaganda and influenced politicians in their insanities over climate change. I think this book is a must-have for anyone with a serious interest in trying to comprehend what has happened around this fashionable topic.
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There are many good books already published that explain the real science behind climate change - Robert Carter's "Climate: The Counter-Consensus" being perhaps the best I've read. Rupert Darwall's book is different in that it focuses on the philosophical and political history of Global Warming. In order to do so, it necessarily spends its first third discussing the evolution of environmental thinking over the last 500 years or so, describing the development of the modern environmental movement in detail - this can be a little dry at times, so bear with it. When 1988 is reached and James Hansen ignites the real birth of the Global Warming scare, the book picks up pace, culminating in a riveting description of the failure of the 2009 Copenhagen conference.

Darwall's writing throughout is erudite and academic and supported by countless references. Rather than re-hashing the science to create another Climate Change pot-boiler, he's made an important addition to the literature and written an accessible and entertaining book. He also takes a balanced and dispassionate view of his subject, lending his ultimate conclusions much greater weight than if he had taken a more partisan position through the body of the book.

Like many, over the last few years I have undergone a complete reversal of my views on Global Warming. Up until 2009, I believed the hype and had been thinking about the future - mine and my children's - in a negative, fatalistic way. The political and media message about impending climate disaster had so convinced me that I envisioned the next generation contending with inundated coastal cities, food shortages and wars. Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth depressed me so much that I couldn't bear to finish watching it.
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