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Crichton Rave

Ron Bailey reviews the new Michael Crichton book, State of Fear, in today’s Wall Street Journal (sorry, no free link): “a lightning-paced technopolitical thriller that turns on a controversial notion: All that talk we’ve been hearing about global warming — you know, polar ice caps melting, weather systems sent into calamitous confusion, beach weather lingering well into January — might be at best misguided, at worst dead wrong. Think ‘The Da Vinci Code’ with real facts, violent storms and a different kind of faith altogether. … [The book is] every bit as informative as it is entertaining. And it is very entertaining.”

The villain is “a Ralph Nader clone.” (Oddly, his name is Nick Drake, like the folksy singer of “Pink Moon” fame.)

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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