Reviewer Comments

The first reviews of Handling Truth: Navigating the Riptides of Rhetoric, Religion, Reason, and Research by William Melvin Gardner are in, and here are some comments:

“The scope of this book is remarkable.  Gardner demonstrates a proficiency in his academic field of psychology, in philosophy, and in history—intellectual breadth without a hint of any superficiality.”
–Richard Bond, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, Retired, Ramapo College, New Jersey.

“…opens our eyes to the struggles between truth domains…and how they shape discourse in the modern world. Those who read this book will be better able to understand why two intelligent, sensitive minds can come to opposite conclusions on important issues of our world today….”
–Ralph S. Buckley, M.D., FACC, Cardiology Associates, Mobile, Alabama.

“Our world would be better served if all college freshmen had to read Handling Truth. In a postmodern world strength arises from knowledge and understanding, and Gardner offers a concise understanding of these complex relationships.”
–Donald G. Gregory, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. of Sociology, Reinhardt College, Georgia.

“The idea that one’s approach to the problem of truth is a function of personality (or is it vice versa?) is intriguing. If you are interested in gaining a better understanding of how people come to believe the things that they believe, and the consequences of this fundamental decision, you will want to read Handling Truth.”
–Michael R. James, M.A., L.M.H.C., Department Chair, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana.

“I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. In my country (South Africa) the health services were held to ransom by the AIDS denialist stance…. How did apparently intelligent leaders come to these conclusions? Gardner provides insights….”
–JP van Niekerk, M.D., Managing Editor, South African Medical Journal.