The book provides excellent information on the 'Merchants of Doubt'; the small group of scientists that have been vocal and influential to the powerful people in politics and large multinationals. It provides clear insight on how mountains of evidence supporting global warming, cancer-causing tobacco, and other major scientific challenges where cast in doubt by a few 'distortionists'.
The detail, research, and explanations in the book are meticulous, and at times a bit overwhelming. The center chapters have a lot of information that overlapse and relates. It is sometimes difficult to follow for an audiobook. But overall, this is definitely a book worth listening too, as the overarching concepts are clear and do not cast any 'doubt'.
The information is presented in a very detailed, almost technical way. At times, it reads more like a scientific journal article than a book. However, it is only when the details are important to the overall story.
A real education that not only demystifies the science deniers claims but also opens a window to their real motivations.
Can be hard to listen to how grave the situation with our environment is, but we all need to face that reality if we are to save our species.
It's a great story but its delivery can get tedious. It can get a bit confusing with so many names. Nonetheless everybody should read this book
Proof that it is easier to plant a seed of doubt through disinformation and half truths the. Proof something to not be true. Makes a compelling argument that when over ninety percent of scientists stand on one side of a topic the practice of equal time meaning 50% of the time leads to false believes that both sides have as strong arguments as the other. Covers the denial of smoking, second hand smoke, nuclear winter, global warming, and DDT as all risks that have come under attack by this drive to promote agendas over the common good.
It's amazing how people can compromize ethics and priciples to satisfy their ego and profit margins. Even knowing people will die from their actions. What's really surprising is no one is calling these people to account for their lies. This book is a wake-up call for society to stop blindly believing everything you hear in the media. Everyone has an agenda. And that agenda usually has dollar signs attached.
And they're not done yet. My family is going through a similar discovery process regarding a medical procedure. Thousands have died, and the doctors performing the procedure know their patients are going to die, and they're not disclosing the risks. When this breaks wide it's going to be bigger than tobacco.
I highly recommend this book. It's well-paced, fascinating, educational, and packs a serious punch.
This explains a lot of the disinformation I have heard for the last 50 years. The people who have dominated the discussion, and gotten the ink were paid shills of the right wing, rich boys club.
Naomi Oreskes does an in-depth analysis of her subject with dignity and professionalism. She is of exceptional character and credibility.
Amazing how the term "follow the money" can be applied to most anything in politics and daily life.