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The Doomsday Lobby

Hype and Panic from Sputniks, Martians, and Marauding Meteors

Volume package: Copernicus

Bennett, James T.

2010, VII, 200p.

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From the reviews:

“Bennett has written an engrossing tale of how government dollars are used to stoke the fires of campaigns that urge U.S. lawmakers as well as taxpayers to consider spaceborne paranoia – be it Sputnik-like challenges, incoming asteroids, or global warming. … All in all, this book looks at the popular press and culture, written in an appealing style that will jell with a broad gamut of readers. … well worth the read and may well add to your inbox of inquiry about today’s space program direction.” (Leonard David, Space Coalition, January, 2011)

“Whole purpose of this book is to expose and dissect the world of self-serving, job-protecting doomsday predictions visited upon Congress and the American public in order to, the author purports, scare everyone into paying for things–in this case, scientists and their projects–that otherwise wouldn’t have a prayer of public funding. … If you want a glimpse into why Washington can’t … get anything done and why politicians are out for themselves, their districts and their own reelection bids, read this book … .” (Carla, Goodreads, June, 2011)

“James T. Bennett’s most recent book, The Doomsday Lobby, is an excellent antidote to the thinking that has promoted science as an arm of the government during the past seventy-five years. … Bennett’s book will appeal to a large swath of readers … . the reader will see that it is a thoughtful … and well-researched work.” (William N. Butos, The Independent Review, Vol. 16 (2), October, 2011)

 

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