In their new book merchants of doubt historians naomi oreskes and erik conway explain how a loose knit group of high level scientists with extensive political connections ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well established scientific knowledge over four decades in seven compelling chapters addressing tobacco acid . Merchants of doubt how a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming is a 2010 non fiction book by american historians of science naomi oreskes and erik m conwayit identifies parallels between the global warming controversy and earlier controversies over tobacco smoking acid rain ddt and the hole in the ozone layer. Naomi oreskes and erik m conway give us some very good if disturbing answers in their fascinating detailed and artfully written new book merchants of doubt there is much in this book to outrage anyone who cares about the future of the planet human health or scientific integrity. Merchants of doubt by naomi oreskes and erik m conway this is a fairly shocking piece of revisionism and as the authors of merchants of doubt make clear it also is a false one ddt was . In merchants of doubt authors naomi oreskes and erik conway present a meticulously researched but sometimes flawed account of decades of attempts some successful some not to obfuscate and derail the political response to one of several environmental and environmental health threats
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