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Chris Mooney, author of The Republican War on Science and one of the leading young environmental journalists and bloggers working today, immerses readers in the world of those who study hurricanes. What was once an arcane branch of meteorology (itself an arcane science) has become embroiled in one of the most politicized and hotly contested debates in American science: whether or not the recent hurricane disasters—culminating in Katrina—are connected to global warming.

Mooney follows the lives and careers of the two leading scientists who stand, bitterly opposed, on either side of the issue. One believes that global warming has nothing to do with hurricane ferocity or frequency; the other believes as fervently that it does; both have staked their reputations on their respective positions. Mooney shows these two men in action as they debate the issue across the country and are followed by the media. He also uses them as a way of showing how hurricane studies have evolved and how government, the media, Big Business, and politics have affected the ways we study and interpret weather patterns. Hurricanes are natural disasters, capable of inflicting almost unimaginable destruction. The culture that has grown up around predicting, charting, and even defining them is very much man-made.

Combining lively portraits of the leading figures, vivid science journalism, and the very latest reportage from the weather front, Mooney—a native of New Orleans—has written what will surely be one of the most talked-about books of the year.

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  • “Mooney turns this complicated stew into a page-turner, making the science accessible to the general reader, vividly portraying the scientists and relating new discoveries while scientists and politicians change sides—or stubbornly ignore new evidence. Mooney draws hope from some researchers’ integration of both research methods and concludes that to be effective, scientists need to be clear communicators.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This is certainly one of the most thought-provoking and accessible accounts of climate change to appear since Katrina.”

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  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Savannah | 3/27/2013

    " It's information-dense, but still very readable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by courtney | 12/15/2012

    " thoroughly enjoyed this and even found myself laughing at times. only downside would be that it perhaps is too focused on individual personalities. can't wait to read more of mooney's work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris | 5/17/2012

    " Good book relating what happens to science and research as it enters the public square of debate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heidi | 10/17/2011

    " This book was stolen from me, stolen I tell you! I will read it eventually, but I'm getting it from the library later. "

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About the Author
Author Chris Mooney

Chris Mooney is the bestselling author of The Republican War on Science, the host of the Point of Inquiry podcast, and the author of The Intersection blog for Science Progress. He has written several books, as well as articles for Mother Jones, American Prospect, Harper’s, Washington Post, USA Today, and Slate. He has appeared on The Last Word, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Book TV, Science Friday, Morning Joe, and Fresh Air, among other programs.