The Resilient Earth available in paperback from Amazon

Our book, The Resilient Earth, is now available for purchase on Amazon.com. The Resilient Earth is a book about climate science and global warming but it also includes a wide range of topics, including: the history of global warming, the discovery of ice ages, mass extinctions, the history of science, alternative energy and future energy policy. It is written for a general readership audience with many charts and pictures but very few (almost no) equations. The book is a trade paperback (6x9) with over 400 pages, 161 black & white illustrations, and more than 500 references.

Here is the table of contents listing the titles of the various chapters:

Preface
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Global Warming–The Crisis Defined
Chapter 3 We are in an Ice Age?
Chapter 4 Unprecedented Climate Change?
Chapter 5 Ice Ages
Chapter 6 Ancient Extinctions
Chapter 7 Changing Atmospheric Gases
Chapter 8 Moving Continents & Ocean Currents
Chapter 9 Variations In Earth's Orbit
Chapter 10 Varying Solar Radiation
Chapter 11 Cosmic Rays
Chapter 12 How Science Works
Chapter 13 Experimental Data and Error
Chapter 14 The Limits of Climate Science
Chapter 15 Prophets of Doom
Chapter 16 The Worst That Could Happen
Chapter 17 Mitigation Strategies
Chapter 18 A Plan for the Future
Chapter 19 The Fate of Planet Earth
Afterward
Alphabetical Index
References

This is not just a book about science and the current global warming hysteria, it is a book about the amazing planet we live on and the tenacious life that inhabits it. You will find interesting facts and historical tidbits such as:

  • Did you know that there is a submarine canyon as large as the Grand Canyon just off the coast of New York City?
  • Did you know that there is a species of extinct mammoth named after an American president and why?
  • Do you know the story behind the death of Ötzi the ice man?
  • Did you know that more than a billion years before the “atomic age” there was a natural nuclear reactor running in Africa?
  • Did you know that there is a society, VHEMT, that wants humanity to stop having children and die out?

All this and much more awaits you in The Resilient Earth (in Canada click here).

Here are excerpts from some of the reviews on Amazon.com.

I wish this book were a best seller, September 1, 2009
By rb212 (Salt Lake City)

Everything I have been trying to explain to my friends about the exaggeration of "human caused" climate change is articulated in this book. I'm not quite done with it yet, as I am reading it cover to cover. It does a great job of providing a clear high level understanding of so many integrated topics (which is of course the only way to understand the more focused questions facing us today.) I think the authors have done an outstanding job and I recommend this to anyone willing to take the time to learn and understand the wonders of this planet.

A Primer for everybody interested in the Climate Debate, November 2, 2009
By David Home (Whitby Ontario)

This should be required reading for everybody who wishes to be taken seriously on either side of the debate of the century. The debate has been almost cut off by those claiming that "The Science Is Settled". Few people who make such a claim know 10% of the facts related here. For those wishing to know the facts, read this book.

Required Reading, October 3, 2009
By Harry (Florida)

This book should be read BEFORE anyone watches AIT (Gore's movie), if it is over your head - go back to grade school. It's presentation of the background, prespective, and scientific methodology for understanding climate change and effects are very well laid out. The Discovery Channel would do well to have these guys produce a documentary series.

Pushes the Re-Set Button on Both Gore and Lomborg, October 3, 2009
By Robert D. Steele (Oakton, VA United States)

Over-all I was impressed by the totality of the project in this book, which provides a superb history of Earth along with superb reviews of the various sciences that must be brought to bear on climate change. This is a tremendous primer, along with the other books I link to, and I strongly recommend it for both undergraduate and graduate courses as well as the general adult reader. I actually have a note, no kidding, "This book inspires reverence."

A Wealth Of Information, August 7, 2009
By Crosslands (Maryland USA)

The book The Resilient Earth by Allen Simmons and Doug Hoffman is a book about the earth and its climate from its birth. The book consists of a wealth of material and information on the earth and its history. Messrs. Simmons and Hoffman provide a real education. The text is very readable in its explanation of a vast amount of information. There are many stunning illustrations and graphs. The work is very well referenced with numerous references to scientific articles. The book is an impressive work.

Even our critics—those who find the book objectionable on philisophical grounds—report that it is "a very pleasant read" and it is "very well illustrated." Beyond that, the book gives "copious references to other sources" and "is actually a very useful resource." Even those who do not agree with our conclusions still praise The Resilient Earth.

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I'm about to go out and buy the book, having just read a couple of chapters on-line. I'm very impressed with the clarity of explanations. I'm a petroleum exploration geologist (from '79) and I know how difficult it is to explain contentious issues in a clear manner.

There are certain underlying problems with CO2 and CAGW theories as pushed by the IPCC. But the story runs so well these structural issues get lost. You've done a good job on exposing the flaws to the ones I have read so far.

In the realm of human endeavors, once is a trend, twice is a pattern and three times is something we always used to do. For weather events, once is worrisome, twice is something to prepare for, and three times is the future. People also seem to have about a 6 month mental window for definite ideas, a two-year window for what they might do or consider, but five years out or back is either forever or never (probably why the Russian and Chinese 5-Year Plans were created: nobody took the forecast seriously enough to do anything now, and the results of a plan created five years ago were too long ago to consider a reflection on what we are doing today). So I see the CAGW situation as a running 6-month problem of connecting dots with a maximum two-year operational life: we have to have had an attributable problem within the past 6 months, an action plan that leads to an operational start-up date within two years, and a renewal of the strategic plan within five years. If the time period for any of these is greater than described, the overall program will die on the vine.

November 2009 was Copenhagen and Climategate. The warmists have been staggering since then: the 2011 Rio failed to materialize a definitive committment, and even the eco-green warriors considered the conference to be a watershed defeat. I wouldn't go that far, but I will say that 2015, in my opinion, is the ultimate point of victory or defeat. If the global temperatures haven't gone rocketing up by then, if sea-levels haven't begun to double their rate of rise, if a 1930s' scale drought hasn't settled into the world, if carbon taxes (as in Australia)aren't fully operational and returning good results by then, then the agenda of deindustrialization etc. will have to become detached from CO2 and climate change to survive.

Outside review

For an interesting, detailed and unbiased review see the Public Intelligence Blog.

Right up front this book, read crossing the Atlantic from Madrid with a bad case of bronchitis, forces me to go back and downgrade my reviews of everything by Al Gore, and insert an update with apology and revisit for the work of The Skeptical Environmentalist...

...I put the book down feeling somewhat righteous, as their final conclusion boils down to this: Politics is about consensus, Science is about being right rather than being believed. Governments–and the scientists and media personalities that serve as courtiers to governments, are fraudulent and not serving the public interest. Intelligence, done right, is similar to science: the truth at any cost. E Veritate Potens.

The summary is very well done and the ending was “practically poetic.”