Science, Money, and Politics: Political Triumph and Ethical Erosion

Daniel S. Greenberg, Author
Daniel S. Greenberg, Author University of Chicago Press $45 (528p) ISBN 978-0-226-30634-6
Reviewed on: 09/17/2001
Release date: 09/01/2001
Paperback - 530 pages - 978-0-226-30635-3
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Washington-based journalist Daniel S. Greenberg (The Politics of Pure Science) delves further into his favorite issue in Science, Money, and Politics: Political Triumph and Ethical Erosion. Debunking science industry and policy myths left and right, Greenberg combines archival research and interviews with scientists and politicians in the know to explore why and how research has happened in the postwar U.S. ""[B]ecause the politics of science is registered in money awarded or denied... [m]oney will serve as a diagnostic tool for our study,"" says Greenberg. He goes on to describe the sycophancy, backbends and, sometimes, dishonesty practiced by researchers, and the willingness of some government scientists to keep their mouths shut when it behooves their bosses. A disturbing, compelling and well-researched conspiracy story of the ""I knew it!"" variety. (Sept.)
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