The Republican War on Science
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“[P]assionate, thoroughly researched … Mooney’s very readable, and understandably partisan, volume is the first to put the whole story, thoroughly documented, in one place.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Mooney has put the right-wing handwriting on the wall, and the prospect is scary.” Kirkus Reviews

“[Mooney] is a talented and energetic young Washington correspondent for Seed, an excellent and relatively new popular-science magazine. In writing a book about science-policy-making in America today, Mooney has bravely tackled a gigantic and complex topic.” The Washington Post

“The Republican War on Science’ does score some major hits when it takes on ideological campaigns against embryonic stem cell research and for intelligent design.” New York Sun

“[Mooney’s] book is a well-researched, closely argued and amply referenced indictment of the right wing’s assault on science and scientists.” Scientific American

“Nothing short of a landmark in contemporary political reporting…” Salon.com

“A careful reading of this well-researched and richly referenced work should remove any doubt that, at the highest levels of government, ideology is being advanced in the name of science, at great disservice to the American people.” —Neal Lane, Former Science Advisor to President Clinton and former Director, National Science Foundation

“Each day’s news adds to the disquiet of scientists: Science is regularly ignored in decision making at the highest levels of government, or worse, distorted in the service of Republican ideological allies in industry and among religious conservatives. But not until I saw the whole story laid out in Chris Mooney’s thoroughly researched and documented book did I realize the enormity of what is happening. Reading this important book won’t make you feel good, but it will make you wiser.” —Robert L. Park, author of Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud

“Chris Mooney’s examination of the right-wing assault on science is masterful. THE REPUBLICAN WAR ON SCIENCE is a must-read for those concerned about both protecting America’s heritage of free scientific inquiry and maintaining our global competitive advantage.” —Rush Holt, U.S. Representative from New Jersey

“Chris Mooney has produced far more than another expose of political corruption. With meticulous reporting, he has documented a ferocious assault on the basic intellectual architecture of modern civilization. His book poses a profound warning about the sabotage of scientific integrity by dishonest ideologues and delusional fanatics.” —Ross Gelbspan, author of Boiling Point

“If left unchallenged, the Bush administration’s deliberate misrepresentation and frequent outright disregard of science advisory processes will have serious consequences for the nation’s economy, health and security. Chris Mooney has opened a window to reveal the extent of the anti-science bias in government policy making.” —Paul Berg, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

“Chris Mooney doesn’t beat around the bush in his well-documented roasting of those who would make a mockery of the processes and results of science. Read it and weep over the loss of reason among our leaders.” —John H. Gibbons, former director of the Federal Office of Energy Conservation, former director of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and former Science Advisor to President Clinton

“Chris Mooney’s thorough research into recent political efforts to distort and suppress scientifically grounded knowledge demonstrates that our nation is veering sharply from the path that enlightened men like Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin envisioned for us.” —James J. McCarthy, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography and Director, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University

“Under the Bush Administration, science has been repeatedly undermined for political and ideological ends, posing grave risks to health, safety, and the environment. Chris Mooney provides a careful indictment of this assault on science and traces its roots back to its ideological origins. This book provides critical context for the battle to restore scientific integrity to the federal government.” —Representative Henry A. Waxman

“Politics and science have never occupied entirely separate spheres, but American politicians have rarely tried to manipulate science in the heavy-handed manner of, say, Nazi Germany or Stalinist Russia. THE REPUBLICAN WAR ON SCIENCE provides a riveting and deeply disturbing account of how the GOP, despite its professed love of ‘sound science,’ has repeatedly supported suspect science in an effort to advance its partisan agenda.” —Ronald L. Numbers, author of The Creationists, co-editor of The Cambridge History of Science

“The best thing the Bush administration could do for America is to abandon its current practice of manipulating science for political gain, and to treat it honestly. As Chris Mooney makes clear, science shouldn’t be about politics.” —Eugenie C. Scott, Executive Director, National Center for Science Education

“THE REPUBLICAN WAR ON SCIENCE is a wake-up call to all Americans who value intellectual honesty and civility in our national affairs. Mooney’s exposure of the cynical collusion of special business interests aith the anti-intellectualism of the religious right is a must-read for all who care about this nation’s future.” —Russell E. Train, EPA administrator under Presidents Nixon and Ford

The Republican War on Science
by Chris Mooney
0465046762
US $14.95
CAN $20.95
pp: 351
LCCN: 2005004889

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