The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars

Media Reviews

"I want to make mention of this book, a well-written book, well-researched book from a believer. His name is Michael E. Mann, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Line."

The McLaughlin Group, "Broadcast: Weekend of May 31-June 1, 2014"

"[I]f you read just one book on climate change, make it Michael E Mann’s riveting exposé of disinformation and denial, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars"

The Irish Times, "Books to Read in 2012"

"From climate scientist Mann, an important and disturbing account of the fossil-fuel industry's well-funded public-relations campaign to sow doubt about the validity of the science of climate change…This blistering indictment of corporate-funded chicanery demands a wide audience."

Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review for The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars

"In this meticulous and engaging brief on climate change research and the political backlash to legitimate scientific work, Penn State professor Mann narrates the fight against misinformation from the inside...Mann balances the statistical analysis with charming personal anecdotes from his life and work. Careful descriptions of the methods and models behind climate change science bear out that assertion, proving that the only way to counter dangerous lies is to expose the truth, however inconvenient it might be."

Publisher's Weekly

"Mann’s book provides a connected narrative detailing many aspects of the denialist campaign over the past decade."

The Gisborne Herald (New Zealand)

"'The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars' is a must-read for anybody who follows the politics of climate -- or who cares about the frightening future our failed political system is about to unleash."

The Los Angeles Times

"In 'The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars', Mann sets out to tell his side of the story. Part autobiography, part furious exposé, this book is for anyone interested in the science - and filthy politics - of climate change."

The New Scientist

"Michael E. readers an inside look at a string of skirmishes going back to 1999 in which he has played a central role."

The New York Times "Green Blog"

"[T]hose who read his book will come away from it with little doubt that global warming is real and that we are the cause."

The Daily Texan (University of Texas-Austin)

"'The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars' is a startling depiction of a scientist persecuted for trying to tell the truth."

The Observer (UK)

"[F]rom a general defense of academic scientific research into recent climate change, 'The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars' is terrific, giving ample peer-review science references and making reasoned arguments."

The Washington Times

"Mann's shocking first-hand testimony of the repeated attempts to discredit him and his work gives his book power."

Nature (subscription required)
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"Michael Mann's expose of how the greedy dig themselves shows nothing has changed since the First World War."

The Week (UK)

"I challenge anyone with an open mind, left or right, business or academic, to not be deeply disturbed by the attacks on science and scientists for political ends that Mann dispassionately describes...[T]he story is clear and vitally important to all citizens of a warming planet Earth."

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"The book's pay-off...lies in the overall impression he builds of the value of one researcher's determined defence of the science as it is - imperfect, beset by genuine disagreements over how best to extract signal from noise, but the best information we have."

The Times Higher Education (UK)

"Whatever your feelings about global climate change, this is a book you should read, because it clearly shows the contrast between how science works and how politics works."

Naples Daily News

"I heartily recommend this book for an unusually clear view of the action on the front line of climate science from one of its principle palaeoclimate protagonists."

The Geoscientist (The Geological Society)

"The strength of Mann's book lies in the light he sheds on how the scientific peer-review process works, along with his first-hand account of his role in the national political feud."

The Washington Post

"Mann deserves our respect and admiration for what he has been through and for his willingness to discuss it."

Physics Today
Also listed as one of Physics Today's "Five books that stood out in 2012"

"Hockey Stick is a very readable, well-researched book, written in an informal style as it describes the personally bruising events, the battles lost and won, with clarity and reasonably good humor."

Voices of Central Pennsylvania

"Mann's honest and thorough testimony on the attacks against climate science is a critical step toward resolving the climate change debate."


"This book is well written and tells a remarkable story that is likely to be of interest to a wide range of readers."

Australian Book Review

"'The Hockey Stick' is one of the most useful books yet in explaining climate science...It also offers one of the clearest and most damning examinations of the tactics used by climate-change deniers to distort the science of climate change and smear the reputations of climate scientists."

Chemical and Engineering News

"This must-read book recounts the expensive, well-orchestrated attack on one of the world’s most prominent climate scientists and climate graphs, the hockey stick…Mann deserves praise for taking the time to speak to other scientists and citizens about what threatens us all. He is not only a brilliant scientist but an ethical hero, a model for all."

Metascience (subscription required)
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