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McIntyre's Bulldog or The Hockey Stick Illusion by A W Montford - A Review

It is always a worry when you start reading a book you want to be good, will it live up to your hope?
Of course I like Bishop Hill, his writings and his views. I also have followed the Hockey Stick story since the beginning and wanted it to be presented to more general public. Of course I was going to recommend this book. But I have thought good thoughts about other "sceptical" books but some lie unfinished in various small rooms as I have tired of hearing a story I know too well or of clumsy writing.
I was particularly worried picking up this one as it was going to compete for my attention with Jungle Soldier: The True Story of Freddy Spencer Chapman and that is some competition.
But I didn't need to worry, four days later it is finished, I have read it all.
I thought I knew the story fairly well but it starts off as a real page turner, revealing new clues, stuff I hadn't spotted or realised the significance of before at every turn.
The book is very McIntyre and Climate Audit based which may under play other's contributions or may simply reflect that without Steve McIntyre none of these revelations would have happened. It is a frightening thought how much we owe to the fortuitous series of events that lead Steve to start and continue auditing.
The dogged detective work is laid bare and explained so even a duffer like I can understand it.
The last couple of chapters may be bit stodgier because the only result a story such as he has written deserves is for the sheriff to start looking for a suitable tree and length of rope, whereas in the real world all we got was a shrugging of shoulders.
He rounds off the book by reconciling the just in time arrival of the CRU emails to his previously written narrative, a reconciliation that ties a lot of loose threads together.
Events are moving so fast as the MSM catch up with and overtake the blogosphere sport of looking for Climate Alarmism errors that a second edition of this book later in the year would be well justified.
I really can recommend this as book you will enjoy reading, as well as a book you ought to read.

Comments

Have you read Danger Close by Col Stuart Tootal? I've just finished it and thought you, or Mr FM, might enjoy it.

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