Merchants of Doubt


By Naomi Oreskes & Erik M. Conway, pages 355, paperback, published 2010

SKU: 99557


Merchants of Doubt has been praised-and attacked- around the world for reasons easy to understand. This book tells the disquieting 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. The same individuals who claim the science of global warming is “not settled” have also denied the truth about studies linking smoking to lung cancer, coal smoke to acid rain, and CFCs to the ozone holes. “Doubt is our product,” wrote one tobacco executive. These “experts” supplied it. Merchants of Doubt rolls back the rug on this dark corner of American science.