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“Robert Zubrin’s masterful study makes for riveting reading. Merchants of Despair is a cautionary tale of what happens when powerful, unprincipled elites are not only alienated from the mass of their fellow men, but come to see them as a barrier to imagined social, evolutionary, or environmental progress.” —Steven W. Mosher, President, Population Research Institute
“Merchants of Despair is an extraordinary and important book .This fascinating volume carefully traces developments of the Malthusian hypothesis right up to the present: through eugenics to population control and genocide; through the Club of Rome’s Limits to Growth and extreme environmentalism to climate change and the myth of global warming apocalypse. Robert Zubrin has my nomination for a Pulitzer Prize.” —S. Fred Singer, Chairman, Science and Environmental Policy Project, Author of Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years
“I believe no one to date has so clearly explained the thread of the antihuman movement throughout history. To read this book is to become a warrior in the battle against it.” —Jay Lehr, Heartland Institute
“The most devastating account and refutation of antihuman environmentalism ever written.” —Gregory Benford, Author of Chiller
Posted April 20, 2012
This is a riveting and lucid analysis of the seamy history behind the fundamentally flawed thinking that drives so many radical environmentalists to portray humanity as a cancer upon the earth. The author grounds his artful prose with sound mathematical and scientific evidence that demolishes the claims of those who assert that global warming is something to be feared, or that increased world population is a threat. His arguments deserve a wide audience and invite vigorous debate on their merits. This book not only challenges many of the assumptions of the more radical environmentalists, such as Paul Ehrlich, John Holdren and Al Gore, however, but also dismisses the arguments of those on the political right who ignorantly dismiss the evidence for the theory of evolution or the fact that the global climate actually is at the moment actually getting warmer. While acknowledging that of course evolution by natural selection is true, and of course the planet is currently getting mildly warmer, the author invites his readers to think deeply and more creatively about the significance of those facts. While his training may be as a nuclear and aerospace engineer, Dr. Zubrin is also a highly insightful and very gifted historian. His work deserves a wide audience, especially at a time when so much political charlatanry on these subjects is being perpetrated by those on both the extreme left and the extreme right of the political spectrum.
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Posted March 24, 2014
I can't say I double checked any of the facts presented in the book but Merchants of Despair was a whole new perspective on things for sure. I really enjoyed this book; it was very interesting.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 12, 2013
great read. Zubrin does a marvelous job connecting the dots that are the foundations of today's Malthusian environmentalists.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 10, 2012