Crichton used to believe in global warming, but a chance encounter with an article that seemed subtly skeptical started him on a research effort that ended with him convinced it's all psuedo science. He presents his evidence in this great thriller by putting his central character in situations where knowledgable individuals need to explain things to him. The exposition/lectures are never heavy and in the actual book there is a huge list of actual references to various papers and studies, backing up the statements made in the book. Excellent and insightful!
I can't begin to tell you how disappointed I was. This was very cool at first. Good performances, great concept, I was impressed. But my suspension of disbelief was shattered by the author's riduculous, unncessary political agenda. You find out in part 2 that, like everything else in the world, the zombies are Bush's fault.
To be more specific, the reason the United States wasn't able to handle the zombie outbreak is because the population was so "war weary" and felt so betrayed that they weren't willing to do what was necessary to fight off the undead.
In other words even though flesh-eating monsters were wandering the streets, when the government asked for volunteers people said, "No, sorry, I'm still too upset about Iraq."
This could have been a great story. But the author chose to deliberately cut his potential audience in half by trying to force his politics on us. Very sad.
I like books of facts and statistics like this and was really looking forward to learning the truth about a great many topics. That's why I was stunned when I heard the voice of Michael "it's okay to lie if you think your cause is just" Moore, who wrote the introduction. I almost deleted the book right then, assuming that if Moore was associated with it then 1) you couldn't trust what was said and 2) there would be a far left slant to everything. But I held my nose and got through the intro.
The book itself does have a lot of interesting statistics and I will admit that I have no reason to doubt its veracity. But there is a heavy helping of left wing agenda mixed in, especially when it comes to guns and blaming conservatives for all that is wrong with the world. I believe anyone buying this book should know that going in and judge it accordingly.
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