Scared to Death: From BSE to Global Warming: Why Scares Are Costing Us the Earth

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Modern society has regularly, in recent years, been gripped by a series of headline making "scares" - from mad cow disease to SARS — which have become one of the most conspicuous and damaging features of our modern world. This book is the first to tell the inside story of each of the major scares of the past two decades, showing how they have followed a remarkably consistent pattern. It analyzes the crucial role played in each case by scientists how have misread or manipulated the evidence; by media and lobbyists...

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Overview

Modern society has regularly, in recent years, been gripped by a series of headline making "scares" - from mad cow disease to SARS — which have become one of the most conspicuous and damaging features of our modern world. This book is the first to tell the inside story of each of the major scares of the past two decades, showing how they have followed a remarkably consistent pattern. It analyzes the crucial role played in each case by scientists how have misread or manipulated the evidence; by media and lobbyists who eagerly promote the scare without regard to the facts; and finally by the politicians and officials who come up with an absurdly disproportionate response, leaving us all to pay the price, which may run into billions of dollars. Scared to Death culminates in a chillingly detailed account of the story behind what the authors believe has become the greatest scare of them all: the belief that the world faces disaster through manmade global warming. In a final chapter, the authors take on its proponents such as Al Gore in a devastating critique of the consensus on global warming and its consequences.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826476203
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 1,410,865
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

As a noted commentator on the political, social and psychological history of our time, Christopher Booker has in recent years, through his weekly Sunday Telegraph column, become the most conspicuous 'global warming sceptic' in the British press. He has based his view on exhaustive research into the scientific evidence for and against the theory of 'man-made climate change'.

His professional interest in this issue grew out of research for his previous book Scared To Death, co-written with Dr Richard North, a study of the 'scare phenomenon' which has been such a prominent feature of Western life in recent decades. Booker's other recent books have included The Seven Basic Plots, a best-selling analysis of why we tell stories which has established itself as a standard text (also published by Continuum). He has been an author and journalist for nearly 50 years, and was the founding editor of the satirical magazine Private Eye.

Richard North is a political analyst who has been a research director in the European Parliament and was formerly a nationally-known consultant on public health and food safety. He has co-authored several books with Christopher Booker.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Part One: The Food Scares Prologue
1. Countdown to an Explosion: How Scares Became A Disaster Waiting To Happen, 1981-8
2. 'Killer Eggs': The Great Salmonella Scare 1988-9
3. Enter the Hygiene Police: Paying The Price 1990-4
4. 'Listeria Hysteria': The Lanark Blue Case 1995
5. Mad Cows and Madder Politicians: The BSE/CJD Scare 1996-9
6. Officials Can Kill: Meat, Cheese and E coli 1998
7. The £1 Billion Blunder: The Belgian Dioxins Debacle 1999
Epilogue to Part One: The Rise of the 'Health and Safety Culture'.
Part Two: The General Scares Prologue to Part Two: The Millennium Bug.
8. Sledgehammers To Miss Nuts: A Wider Look At The Scare phenomenon (DDT, Nitrate, Vitamin B6, Cockles).
9. The Modern Witch Craze: Ritualised Child Abuse
10. 'Speed Kills: A Safety Scare That Cost Lives.
11. 'We Love Unleaded': How Confusion Over Lead Cost Billions
12. Smoke and Mirrors: How They Turned 'Passive Smoking' Into A Killer
13. 'One Fibre Can Kill': The Great Asbestos Scam.
14. 'Saving The Planet': The New Secular Religion
15. 'Licensed To Kill': The Scare That Never Was Epilogue: A New Age of Superstition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

    Great Read!!!!!

    I found this book to be very enlightening. It covers most modern scares foisted on the public by the media, government officals, politicians and environmental groups. It is well researched, well written and is a page turner. This book should be required reading for all adults, young and old.

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