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    DescriptionThe U.S. scientific community has long led the world in research on such areas as public health, environmental science, and issues affecting quality of life. Our scientists have produced landmark studies on the dangers of DDT, tobacco smoke, acid rain, and global warming. But at the same time, a small yet potent subset of this community leads the world in vehement denial of these dangers. Merchants of Doubt tells the story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists and scientific advisers, with deep connections in politics and industry, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades. Remarkably, the same individuals surface repeatedly - some of the same figures who have claimed that the science of global warming is "not settled" denied the truth of studies linking smoking to lung cancer, coal smoke to acid rain, and CFCs to the ozone hole. "Doubt is our product," wrote one tobacco executive. These 'experts' supplied it. Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, historians of science, roll back the rug on this dark corner of the American scientific community, showing how ideology and corporate interests, aided by a too-compliant media, have skewed public understanding of some of the most pressing issues of our era.


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    Title
    Merchants of Doubt
    Subtitle
    How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Erik M. Conway, By (author) Naomi Oreskes
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 253 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781408824832
    ISBN 10: 1408824833
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.9
    BIC subject category V2: PDR
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    BIC subject category V2: RNPG
    BISAC V2.8: BUS008000
    BIC subject category V2: JFMG
    DC23: 174.95
    Thema V1.0: PDR, JBFV, RNPG
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date
    07 June 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Naomi Oreskes is Professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Her essay 'Beyond the Ivory Tower' was a milestone in the fight against global warming denial. Erik Conway is the resident historian at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Fighting Facts is their first book together.
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    Anyone concerned about the state of democracy in America should read this book -- Al Gore 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 A hard-hitting thriller ... also a meticulously researched history book and a portal into the world of real science ... A fascinating story West Australian Excellent, important Choice