- 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Age of Global Warming: A History Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Mar 2014
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Darwall reports Al Gore's Bali speech of 2007 and gives the Internet link to a transcript. Elsewhere on the Internet you can watch a video of it. Towards the end Gore told those present that they should feel privileged `to be alive at a moment when a relatively small group of people could control the destiny of all generations to come'. Indeed after reading the book it is clear that, in global terms, a tiny group have spent their entire careers pursuing their dreams of controlling mankind's destiny using the fear of climate change.
Fortunately other tiny groups, with no dreams of control, gave us the Internet, the World Wide Web, home computers and cellular telephones that allows the many to learn what the few are up to. It allows crowd sourcing to expose the fallacies and hypocrisy that pervades the global warming industry and makes it harder for it to keep its secrets.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is books like this that really make me despair for the human race. The science for AGW is overwhelming yet people like Darwall continue to fabricate nonsense in order to pursue... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Andy Wilson
Only just started reading it, but I'm hugely impressed by the author's scholarly and objective approach, also his style which makes complex ideas easy to assimilate. Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2014 by Introvers
How long will this crazy delusion continue. Forget the Common Market this is really what is bankrupting BritainPublished on 30 Aug. 2014 by george bingham
A comprehensive review of the history of Global Warming, its place in history, and with particular reference to the economics of global warming policies. Read morePublished on 10 May 2014 by Amazon Customer
Rupert Darwall writes well and his argument is consistent. But this book is primarily a history of the politics of the climate change debate. Read morePublished on 3 May 2014 by R. J. Farrer
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