“A champion for  workers’ safety.”

The New York Times 

Dr. David Michaels served as Administrator of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under President Obama and chief safety officer of the US nuclear weapons complex under President Clinton.  He currently teaches at the George Washington University School of Public Health.


“Whether it’s the tobacco industry, the pharmaceutical industry, or the fossil fuel industry, vested interests have repeatedly sought to attack and discredit scientific findings that have revealed the public endangerment by their products. David Michaels should know—he’s been fighting the good fight for more than a decade to expose the bad actors and bring them to justice. Read this book to learn what we’re up against and how to fight back.”

—MICHAEL E. MANN, author of The Madhouse Effect ​




A government insider exposes the industry playbook for undermining evidence-based policy

ScienceFebruary 10, 2020


 David Michaels’s new book, The Triumph of Doubt, is a tour de force that examines how frequently, and easily, science has been manipulated to discredit expertise and accountability on issues ranging from obesity and concussions to opioids and climate change....


Truth Decay: When Uncertainty is Weaponized

Nature, February 03, 2020

The Triumph of Doubt is a brave and important book, raising the alarm about the systemic corruption of science....


The Art of Scientific Deception

Salon.com, February 02, 2020


Dr. David Michaels speaks about "mercenary science" — science-for-hire, contracted out by chemical and pharmaceutical companies to prove that their harmful products aren't harmful....


NFL's 'tobacco-industry tactics impeded concussion research and delayed efforts to address CTE by at least a decade,' claims Obama's former OSHA secretary in new book

The Daily MailFebruary 10, 2020


"What was shocking to me was that the NFL, when faced with serious health concerns related to their product – playing football – the NFL essentially started following the tobacco playbook,' Michaels said. 'And as a result of that, all efforts to address a very serious problem, which is brain damage in football players as a result of repeated hits, were delayed by at least a decade.'"


David Michaels & the Triumph of Doubt

February 18, 2020, 7:00 PM

Cambridge, MA

Harvard Bookstore

David Michaels in conversation with Harvard Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig

David Michaels Lecture

February 1, 2020, 2:00 PM

Boston, MA

Snyder Auditorium (Kresge G1)
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
677 Huntington Ave

David Michaels discusses his new book, The Triumph of Doubt.


CNN Opinion: "Vaping Crisis Didn't Have to Happen"

September 11, 2019

Public health detectives are desperately trying to find the cause of the hundreds of lung disease cases and at least six deaths that appear to be related to vaping. . . .


Speech at United Steelworkers Labor Management Safety Meeting

September 2013

Dr. David Michaels speaks about the relationship of workplace safety, operational excellence and sustainability at the United Steelworkers Labor Management Safety Meeting.

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