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The Madhouse Effect book jacket

The Madhouse Effect out now – the book Trump doesn’t want you to read

Madhouse Effect book jacketFollowing US President Donald Trump’s visit to the UK in the midst of a heatwave and the ball-kicking fest of the World Cup, the laughter and tears are flowing with the timely release of the revised 2018 edition of The Madhouse Effect. This work, a lively synthesis of science and cartoons, rips the mask off the climate change deniers, having been updated with new content for the era of the Trump regime.

The Madhouse Effect: How climate change denial is threatening our planet, destroying our politics, and driving us crazy features an outstandingly authoritative text by award-winning climate scientist Michael E. Mann and contains cartoons by prize-winning USA political cartoonist Tom Toles. It is ideally suited for both the layman and general reader struggling to see through the haze of misinformation on these vital issues. In an article titled Burning Down The House, the Washington Monthly named this “The book Donald Trump does not want you to read.”

Tollhauseffekt Buch

HE Translations are proud to announce the publication of their newly translated German edition of the Madhouse Effect, entitled Der Tollhauseffekt, and now issued by DGS-Franken. The first translation into German of this informative and factual work includes the full 2018 text with new cartoons in this crucial work.


Please see below for official English language press  and media information from the publishers, Columbia University Press.  In the UK the publisher is Wiley & Sons.

For more information please contact: Meredith Howard

(212)-459-0600 x7126

[email protected]



How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy

For centuries, powerful forces of greed have tried to hide the truth, but that doesn’t change reality—the earth is round and climate change is very real. The Madhouse Effect brilliantly dissects the climate denial industry, empowering all of us to see the facts and take action before it’s too late.”

Leonardo DiCaprio

Michael E. Mann is one of the planet’s great climate scientists, and Tom Toles may be the great climate communicator—together, they are a category 5 storm of information and indignation, wreaking humorous havoc on those who would deny the greatest challenge humans have ever faced.”

Bill McKibben, founder of

Michael E. Mann and Tom Toles

Climate Scientist Michael E. Mann and political cartoonist Tom Toles have been on the front lines of the fight against climate denialism for most of their careers. In The Madhouse Effect, the two climate crusaders team up to take on denialists and their twisted logic. Toles’s cartoons and Mann’s expertise in science communication restore sanity to a debate that continues to rage despite widely acknowledged scientific consensus—and may even hit home with die-hard doubters. This paperback edition includes a new chapter on the Trump administration’s attack on climate science.

Michael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and director of the Earth Systems Science Center at Penn State University. He is the author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines (Columbia, 2012) and a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Tom Toles is the Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist of the Washington Post. He has a particular interest in climate change science and has worked consistently to advance understanding of this subject, including its political context, since the 1980s.

June 26, 2018

240 pages

978-0-231-17787-0 paper $18.95 / £14.99






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