I just finished reading Michael Crichton's State of Fear
, and duly recommend it to anyone and everyone. It was not only a great thriller but also a powerful manifesto debunking one of the great phantoms of our our era - catastrophic man-made global warming. It reminded me at times of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged
with its sharp, point-making dialogue. Imagine the force of Fransisco D'Anconia's money speech
, only aimed instead at the "science" of global warming and backed by charts and footnotes. It's a powerful book.
And the fate of Ted Bradley, Crichton's symbol for hypocrisy-laden Hollywood do-gooders, is just too perfect to be missed.
BTW, after having finally read the book, I've decided that, as harsh as I was
on the BBC's Harold Evans over his column
about Crichton and the book, I wasn't harsh enough.