Each day leading up to the April 14 announcement of the Minnesota Book Awards, we highlight one of the thirty-two finalists. Today we feature 2012 General Nonfiction Finalist:
Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America
Shawn Lawrence Otto
Category Sponsor: Minnesota AFL-CIO
Shawn Lawrence Otto’s book is an exposé on anti-science views in modern-day America and the ramifications misinformation is having on our society. Fool Me Twice explores the scientific values on which our country was founded and traces the relationship between science and politics throughout our history.
An excerpt from Fool Me Twice:
“Whenever the people are well informed,” Thomas Jefferson wrote, “they can be trusted with their own government.” This sentiment lies at the heart of the American-style democracy that has for more than two centuries inspired the world. Much like the “invisible hand” that guides Adam Smith’s economic marketplace, so too does the invisible hand of the people’s will guide the affairs of men and women through the democratic process.
The author is an award-winning screenwriter and cofounder of “Science Debate 2008,” the largest political initiative in the history of science.
“This book covers a lot of ground, a lot of controversial issues. It adds tremendously to an ongoing conversation of great importance.”
– Minnesota Book Awards Judge
“We’re seeing right now a titanic battle between the power of science and the power of money – and money is winning. This book explains why, and offers some pointers that might get us back on the right track.”
– Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth and The End of Nature
“Otto makes the case that can’t be refuted. Science is important to all of us, especially the U.S. government. He backs it up with peer-reviewed studies, with carefully researched numbers, and with his own extensive experience. He uses the process of science to prove that we need to invest in science. Here’s hoping some voters and Congress members take him seriously – soon.”
– Bill Nye the Science Guy
In the keynote address from the October 2011 publication party for Fool Me Twice, at the Loft Literary Center, Shawn Lawrence Otto explains why global warning and related topics are of paramount importance.
Click here to listen to a two-part radio interview with Access Minnesota, in which Otto talks about the relationship between politics and science and how that interplay affects education in America.
Award winners will be announced at the 24th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel – Saint Paul Riverfront. The opening reception begins at 7 p.m. followed by the awards ceremony at 8 p.m. New this year: a post-awards “Epilogue Celebration.” Tickets are available online or by calling 651-222-3242. Click here for more information.
Have you read Fool Me Twice? What are your thoughts? We welcome your comments!