State of Fear by Michael Crichton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I suppose it is no surprise that the (retired) librarian read all the footnotes, the author’s message at the end, both appendixes/appendices, and the entire bibliography. What is unusual is that each of these contained some of the best gems in this excellent, thought-provoking book. This was written nine years ago, but headlines in the last week underline the difficulty of knowing what to make of “global warming.” I stood up and cheered when Crichton cited another favorite near the end of Appendix I, “Why Politicized Science is Dangerous,” “In my view there is only one hope for humankind to emerge from what Carl Sagan called ‘the demon-haunted world’ of our past. That hope is science.” This was fantastic.
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