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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; Reprint edition (13 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231152558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231152556
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.8 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 621,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The best part, in my science-geeky opinion, is readers of this book will enjoy a dazzling, informative tour of the science underlying climatology and especially the analysis that went into the diagram that caused all the ruckus.--DarkSyde"Daily Kos" (01/01/0001)

...this is a book you should read, because it clearly shows the contrast between how science works and how politics works. The difference is dramatic. And fateful.--Ben Bova"Naples Daily News" (01/01/0001)

...vitally important to all citizens of a warming planet Earth.--James P. Lenfestey"Star Tribune" (01/01/0001)

a must read for every serious student of climate change science, and gets my highest rating: five stars out of five.--Jeff Masters"Jeff Masters WunderGround Blog" (01/01/0001)

I heartily recommend this book for an unusually clear view of the action on the front line of climate science from one of its principle palaeoclimate protagonists.--Colin Summerhayes"Geoscientist" (01/01/0001)

Mann deserves our respect and admiration for what he has been through and for his willingness to discuss it. The narrative is a deeply honest scientific coming-of-age story.--Naomi Oreskes"Physics Today" (01/01/0001)

One of the most useful books yet in explaining climate science, especially the use of paleoclimate proxy data to assess the history of Earth's climate.--Rudy M. Baum"Chemical & Engineering News" (12/10/2012)

Confronting climate change will require clear scientific thinking and courageous actions by many individuals. Dr, Mann's book details the powerful evidence supporting climate change as well as the relentless attempts by climate deniers to distort climate science and attack those who are speaking the truth about it.--Jerry Brown, governor of California

Very few people have sounded more important alarms about our climate future, and very few people have paid a higher price for doing so. Michael Mann is a hero, and this book is a remarkable account of the science and politics of the defining issue of our time.--Bill McKibben, author of "Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet"

A brilliant and courageous climatologist, Michael E. Mann knows what it's like to be viciously attacked by the well-funded deniers of scientific evidence and how critical it is to respond. In this gripping, personal, front-lines account of climate politics, he eloquently conveys the importance of both doing great science and communicating its societal implications to a wider public.--Paul R. Ehrlich, coauthor of " The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment"

Michael E. Mann has been the most important, resilient, and outspoken warrior in the climate battle, responding to threats and persecution with courage and resolve every step of the way. Anyone who cares about the climate issue must read his fascinating -- and enraging -- story.--Chris Mooney, author of "Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future "

Michael E. Mann presents his conviction that climate change is real and potentially deadly. A truly readable book on a topic that will remain evergreen.--James Lovelock, author of "The Revenge of Gaia: Earth's Climate Crisis and the Fate of Humanity"

A must read to appreciate the endless disinformation campaign by climate change deniers at the highest levels of government and corporate America and the chilling yet serious implications of the crusade to discredit distinguished scientists like Michael E. Mann.--Sherwood Boehlert, Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives 1983-- 2007 and former chairman of the House Science Committee

As one of the nation's leading climate researchers, no one has felt the brunt of the attacks from politicians and the fossil fuel industry more than Michael E. Mann. This is his personal account from the center of the maelstrom, documenting the lies and distortions about his work and his heroic efforts to stand up for scientific truth.--Henry Waxman, Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, former chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee

A harrowing ride through the politics of truth and denial.--Shawn Lawrence Otto"Huffington Post" (01/01/0001)

Vitally important to all citizens of a warming planet Earth.--James P. Lenfestey"Star Tribune" (01/01/0001)

A must read for every serious student of climate change science, and gets my highest rating: five stars out of five.--Jeff Masters"Jeff Masters WunderGround Blog" (01/01/0001)

must-read--Jeff Goodell"Rolling Stone" (01/01/0001)

Mann deserves praise for taking the time to speak to other scientists and citizens about what threatens us all. He is not only a brilliant scientist but an ethical hero, a model for all.--Kristin Shrader-Frechette"Metascience" (01/01/0001)

Confronting climate change will require clear scientific thinking and courageous actions by many individuals. Dr, Mann's book details the powerful evidence supporting climate change as well as the relentless attempts by climate deniers to distort climate science and attack those who are speaking the truth about it.

--Jerry Brown, governor of California

must-read

--Jeff Goodell"Rolling Stone" (01/01/0001)

must-read

--Jeff Goodell-Rolling Stone- (01/01/0001)

The best part, in my science-geeky opinion, is readers of this book will enjoy a dazzling, informative tour of the science underlying climatology and especially the analysis that went into the diagram that caused all the ruckus.

--DarkSyde"Daily Kos" (01/01/0001)

A harrowing ride through the politics of truth and denial.

--Shawn Lawrence Otto"Huffington Post" (01/01/0001)

...this is a book you should read, because it clearly shows the contrast between how science works and how politics works. The difference is dramatic. And fateful.

--Ben Bova"Naples Daily News" (01/01/0001)

Vitally important to all citizens of a warming planet Earth.

--James P. Lenfestey"Star Tribune" (01/01/0001)

A must read for every serious student of climate change science, and gets my highest rating: five stars out of five.

--Jeff Masters"Jeff Masters WunderGround Blog" (01/01/0001)

I heartily recommend this book for an unusually clear view of the action on the front line of climate science from one of its principle palaeoclimate protagonists.

--Colin Summerhayes"Geoscientist" (01/01/0001)

Mann deserves our respect and admiration for what he has been through and for his willingness to discuss it. The narrative is a deeply honest scientific coming-of-age story.

--Naomi Oreskes"Physics Today" (01/01/0001)

One of the most useful books yet in explaining climate science, especially the use of paleoclimate proxy data to assess the history of Earth's climate.

--Rudy M. Baum"Chemical & Engineering News" (12/10/2012)

Mann deserves praise for taking the time to speak to other scientists and citizens about what threatens us all. He is not only a brilliant scientist but an ethical hero, a model for all.

--Kristin Shrader-Frechette"Metascience" (01/01/0001)

The best part, in my science-geeky opinion, is readers of this book will enjoy a dazzling, informative tour of the science underlying climatology and especially the analysis that went into the diagram that caused all the ruckus.--DarkSyde "Daily Kos "

A harrowing ride through the politics of truth and denial.--Shawn Lawrence Otto "Huffington Post "

...this is a book you should read, because it clearly shows the contrast between how science works and how politics works. The difference is dramatic. And fateful.--Ben Bova "Naples Daily News "

Vitally important to all citizens of a warming planet Earth.--James P. Lenfestey "Star Tribune "

A must read for every serious student of climate change science, and gets my highest rating: five stars out of five.--Jeff Masters "Jeff Masters WunderGround Blog "

I heartily recommend this book for an unusually clear view of the action on the front line of climate science from one of its principle palaeoclimate protagonists.--Colin Summerhayes "Geoscientist "

Mann deserves our respect and admiration for what he has been through and for his willingness to discuss it. The narrative is a deeply honest scientific coming-of-age story.--Naomi Oreskes "Physics Today "

One of the most useful books yet in explaining climate science, especially the use of paleoclimate proxy data to assess the history of Earth's climate.--Rudy M. Baum "Chemical & Engineering News "

Confronting climate change will require clear scientific thinking and courageous actions by many individuals. Dr, Mann's book details the powerful evidence supporting climate change as well as the relentless attempts by climate deniers to distort climate science and attack those who are speaking the truth about it.--Jerry Brown, governor of California

must-read--Jeff Goodell "Rolling Stone "

Mann deserves praise for taking the time to speak to other scientists and citizens about what threatens us all. He is not only a brilliant scientist but an ethical hero, a model for all.--Kristin Shrader-Frechette "Metascience "

From the Inside Flap

In its 2001 report on global climate, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of the United Nations prominently featured the "Hockey Stick," a chart showing global temperature data over the past one thousand years. The Hockey Stick demonstrated that temperature had risen with the increase in industrialization and use of fossil fuels. The inescapable conclusion was that worldwide human activity since the industrial age had raised CO2 levels, trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and warming the planet.

The Hockey Stick became a central icon in the "climate wars," and well-funded science deniers immediately attacked the chart and the scientists responsible for it. Yet the controversy has had little to do with the depicted temperature rise and much more with the perceived threat the graph posed to those who oppose governmental regulation and other restraints to protect our environment and planet. Michael E. Mann, lead author of the original paper in which the Hockey Stick first appeared, shares the real story of the science and politics behind this controversy. He introduces key figures in the oil and energy industries, and the media front groups who do their bidding in sometimes slick, bare-knuckled ways to cast doubt on the science. Mann concludes with an account of the "Climategate" scandal, the 2009 hacking of climate scientists' emails. Throughout, Mann reveals the role of science deniers, abetted by an uninformed media, in once again diverting attention away from one of the central scientific and policy issues of our time. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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