Gregg Sapp's Reviews > Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming

Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
May 12, 2011

really liked it
Read in April, 2011

Between rapacious corporations and the slavish politicians and mercenary scientists that do their bidding, these "Merchants of Doubt" would try to prove that the world was flat, if it was profitable to do so. The authors examine how ideologues, corporations and mercenary scientists have obscured compelling science and prolonged counter-productive debates by fabricating uncertainty among the general public.

Says Oreskes, they do this, "…in defense of an ideology of laissez-faire governance and opposition to government regulation".

I likewise reviewed other books about the recent epidemic of junk science in our political process, especially where global warming is concerned. To see the entire review, go to:

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Merchants of Doubt.
Sign In »

No comments have been added yet.