State of Fear

Mass Market Paperback | April 28, 2009

byMichael Crichton

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In Tokyo, in Los Angeles, in Antarctica, in the Solomon Islands . . . an intelligence agent races to put all the pieces together to prevent a global catastrophe.

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In Tokyo, in Los Angeles, in Antarctica, in the Solomon Islands . . . an intelligence agent races to put all the pieces together to prevent a global catastrophe.

Michael Crichton has sold over 200 million books, which have been translated into thirty-eight languages; thirteen of his books have been made into films. Also known as a filmmaker and the creator ofER, he remains the only writer to have had the number one book, movie, and TV show simultaneously. At the time of his death in 2008, Crich...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:816 pages, 7.5 × 4.19 × 1.84 inPublished:April 28, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061782661

ISBN - 13:9780061782664

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A lesson amidst controversy I first read this book a number of years ago, when I was still a teenager. Back then, I was scarcely aware of the fierce debate that was surrounding its contents. Now, I realize this book is seen as a pariah in certain circles for its attacks on the theory of Global Warming. I will not weigh in on that debate; to me, that is not what this novel is about. I think the effect of State of Fear is not to propagate one view or another, but to challenge a way of thinking. Few intelligent people would deny that "industry" has a very specific agenda revolving around profit. How many would even consider that there are monetary stakes in the environmentalist movement? Many can claim that the government uses the fear of terrorism or economic collapse to better rule the people. Few would throw the fear of "environmental collapse" in the same boat. Thus, Crichton takes arguments and beliefs that are gaining widespread traction, and flips them completely upside-down. Upon years of reflection, this book did not change my beliefs about Global Warming. It did challenge, however, they way I critically assessed the world. Crichton used a novel, filled with an exciting and unique plot, to remind me simply to never stop questioning the motivations of others. The author, himself, finishes his afterword with the following cheeky statement: "And remember: everyone has an agenda ... except me." With this self-referential ironic barb, Crichton reminds us: never stop critically analyzing your surroundings, no matter how comfortable you might get.
Date published: 2012-11-26

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