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The Triumph of Doubt: Dark Money and the

Science of Deception

by David Michaels

' America is a country of everyday crises ― big, long-spanning  problems that persist, mostly unregulated, despite their toll on  the country's health and vitality. And for every case of  government inaction on one of these issues, there is a set of  familiar, doubtful refrains: The science is unclear. The data is  inconclusive. Regulation is unjustified. It's a slippery slope.  Is it? The Triumph of Doubt traces the ascendance of science-for-hire  in American life and government, from its origins in the tobacco  industry in the 1950s to its current manifestations across  government, public policy, and even professional sports. Well-  heeled American corporations have long had a financial stake in  undermining scientific consensus and manufacturing  uncertainty; in The Triumph of Doubt, former Obama and  Clinton official David Michaels details how bad science becomes  public policy ― and where it's happening today.  Amid fraught conversations of "alternative facts" and "truth  decay," The Triumph of Doubt wields its unprecedented access  to shine a light on the machinations and scope of manipulated  science in American society. It is an urgent, revelatory work,  one that promises to reorient conversations around science and  the public good for the foreseeable future.
* This is probably my favourite popular science book I read in the past 1-2 years. It is  a good discussion of how different industries have tried to influence, shape and  distort science to safeguard their profits...at the expense of people’s health. It was also great to read about chemicals, projects and researchers I know of, and in  some cases have worked with.  Must read!