Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming
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About the Author
Naomi Oreskes is a professor of the history of science and affiliated professor of Earth and planetary sciences at Harvard University. Her study "Beyond the Ivory Tower," published in Science in 2004, was a milestone in the fight against global warming denial and was cited by Al Gore in An Inconvenient Truth. Her books include Why Trust Science? and Science on a Mission: How Military Funding Shaped What We Do and Don't Know about the Ocean.
Erik M. Conway has published five previous books, including Atmospheric Science at NASA: A History and Exploration and Engineering: The Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Quest for Mars. Merchants of Doubt was their first book together. In 2014, they published The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future, and they are currently working on The Magic of the Marketplace: The True History of a False Idea.
"Anyone concerned about the state of democracy in America should read this book" --Al Gore
"A fascinating account of a very thorny problem" --Bill McKibben
"Merchants of Doubt should finally put to rest the question of whether the science of climate change is settled. It is, and we ignore this message at our peril" --Elizabeth Kolbert
"Brilliantly reported and written with brutal clarity" --Huffington Post
"It is tempting to require that all those engaged in the business of conveying scientific information to the general public should read it" --Science
"An important book" --Minneapolis Star-Tribune