The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines

Michael Mann (Author)

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$28.95  $26.63
Columbia University Press
Publish Date
March 06, 2012
6.3 X 1.3 X 9.1 inches | 1.45 pounds

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About the Author

Michael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Meteorology and Director of the Earth Systems Science Center at Penn State University. Despite being in the public eye, he continues an active research program in climate science and has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers in leading scientific journals. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Union. In 2012 he received the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union. Along with other scientists, he contributed to the reports of the IPCC, which was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He is also a co-founder of the award-winning website


In this meticulous and engaging brief on climate change research and the political backlash to legitimate scientific work, Penn State professor Mann narrates the fight against misinformation from the inside.--Publishers Weekly
An important and disturbing account of the fossil-fuel industry's well-funded public-relations campaign to sow doubt about the validity of the science of climate change...This blistering indictment of corporate-funded chicanery demands a wide audience.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
And if you read just one book on climate change, make it Michael E. Mann's riveting exposΓ© of disinformation and denial....--Irish Times
This book is well written and tells a remarkable story that is likely to be of interest to a wide range of readers.--Australian Book Review
Mann's honest and thorough testimony on the attacks against climate science is a critical step toward resolving the climate change debate.--Science
Mann's account and nontechnical rebuttal of the attacks on climate science provide an excellent primer on contemporary climate science....Highly recommended.--Choice
A very entertaining book that winds its way through the thicket of climate science and politics.--Natural Hazards Observer
If you read only one book on climate change, this one is hard to beat.--Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
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 "
A harrowing ride through the politics of truth and denial.--Shawn Lawrence Otto "Huffington Post "
Vitally important to all citizens of a warming planet Earth.--James P. Lenfestey "Star Tribune "
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 "
...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 "
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 "