Book Review: Don’t Sell Your Coat by Harold Ambler

Posted: January 8, 2012 by tallbloke in books, climate

Harold Ambler, a well known contributor to the climate debate, has kindly sent me a copy of his new book ‘Don’t Sell Your Coat’ for review. Harold is a seasoned writer, with work published in the The Wall Street Journal, The National Review Online, The Huffington Post,, and elsewhere. His website also contains much of interest to all people following the climate debate.

Lavishly illustrated throughout by beautiful and interesting photos, informative and clear graphs, and with chapter headings sprinkled with delicious alarmist quotes, the book is nicely laid out. After a useful introductory chapter which explains the ‘lingo’ used to scare away non-initiates, it progresses through a history of the external forces shaping the climate debate – from the environmental movement and the media to  the politics and policy. Then onto the climate signs and their misinterpretation; icecaps get a chapter to themselves. Other major topics include climate models, the dominance of the English speaking science institutions, the background efforts of dissenting scientists, temperature measurement, solar variation, natural climate variation and the rise of the Green energy agenda. The book’s conclusion rounds off with a summary hinting at the open possibilities for future climate leading to the recommendation of the book’s title.

This is followed  by a comprehensive bibliography, though this unfortunately lacks URL’s to many online articles – something Harold might consider including in an e-book version. In the meantime, Google is your friend.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading through this work. Being a diligent climate researcher myself, I am of course already familiar with the themes and much of the detailed argument and examples. Nonetheless, I was frequently informed by facts I was previously unaware of, and the intelligent way they are linked together helps to form a narrative which is valuable to people who have had less time to spend putting the complex jigsaw of climate science pieces together for themselves.

Set as a first person narrative account of an odyssey through the time and space of the climate wars, Harold has included much personal anecdote relevant to the story. This brings home the effects of the policy outcomes on individuals trying to lead their lives amid the shrill calls from the media and the proponents of the climate alarm. But Harold is not a self-centred person, his wide ranging observations show his compassion and concern for people, particularly in the third world, whose societies have been adversely affected by the stunting of development in the name of climate caution. Added to this, the well supported objective critique of international policy is first rate.

Written in everyday language, but with the depth of insight of a specialist, the book offers an excellent recapitulation of the main arguments for caution concerning the cautionary principle. As such. I recommend it for its breadth of scope, useful level of detail for those wanting to be well informed, and the much needed counterblast it provides to the prevailing message pushed by the media, the scientific institutions, and the policy makers who rely on their advice.

For a further taster of the actual text, visit Harold’s website here.

‘Dont Sell Your Coat’ is available from

  1. Harold Ambler says:

    Thanks to Roger for the review. I’ve priced the book at $16.95 and am very curious whether that figure is chilling anyone’s thoughts of purchasing it. (Sales are good, even at this figure.) Thanks to all.

  2. adolfogiurfa says:

    It is good to have a new book about the real story of climate, though it would be a good thing if we could have it in other languages, like spanish, because in spanish speaking countries the climate issue it is at the stage as it was several years ago in english speaking countries, and specially the “Climate Gate” affair which is almost totally ignored.

  3. Harold Ambler says:

    I look forward to the day when the book is translated into Spanish. Having studied the subject of translation fairly extensively at university, one thing I can say with certainty: Translators are underpaid and underappreciated. If you think you may know someone who would consider performing the task for a portion of book proceeds in the target language, you may contact me by commenting on my blog (which allows me to have your e-mail address).

  4. tallbloke says:

    My thanks to Harold Ambler for joining the discussion. I wish I had taken more time to write a fuller review, but I was afraid if I didn’t get it out today, it would languish as I have a really busy week ahead at work. Plus the additional matters I am having to attend to at the moment.

    This is a great book for bright young minds too. An ideal present for someone who is starting to realise the level of inculcation which has been occurring and is in need of suitable materials for self de-programming. They would be following in the authors own footsteps, but with the benefit of a well organised body of work at their fingertips which they can use to refer to when discussing issues with friends or blogversaries.

  5. Harold Ambler says:

    Well that last made my day — and I was already having a good one!

  6. Tenuc says:

    Thanks for the review, Rog, looks like a must read!

    I hope Harold has an eBook edition planned as Santa brought me a nice Kindle 3G… 😎

  7. Harold Ambler says:

    Should be available on Kindle in about a fortnight.

  8. hro001 says:

    Sounds like a must read – and, no doubt, a great companion to Donna Laframboise’s The Delinquent Teenager … So I have now marked my calendar – to check for the Kindle version in a few weeks!

  9. colliemum says:

    Harold Ambler says:
    January 8, 2012 at 4:29 pm
    Should be available on Kindle in about a fortnight.

    Thanks – will certainly be getting it when available on Kindle!

  10. jono says:

    been there read the book as well, I am I allowed to resell it on ebay ?
    its certainly a friendlier read than Mr Plimer’s book and a little easier to memorize

  11. Harold Ambler says:

    Thank you for buying the book. If you are so inclined, please be the first to review it on Amazon.

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