Book Review: FALLEN ICON by Susan J. Crockford

Book Review by Kip Hansen  —  18 January 2022

A fantastic read!   Take a deep dive into the intrigue and devious deception perpetrated on the world by a detailed list of international operators at the point where international climate change politics, the entertainment industry and over-zealous and unscrupulous advocacy meet to generate money, transfer power and influence international politics. 

This book is a forensic investigation into how one sad and tragic act of Nature was intentionally, and with great stealth, twisted into a false narrative to bolster the very questionable claims that there is a climate emergency and wielded in secret to influence the movers and shakers of international policy.

It is also the heart-breaking tale of how a great man, one who has educated and delighted audiences around the world with a long list of award-winning nature documentaries, fell prey to the temptings of a duplicitous money-hungry advocacy organization which drew him into a scheme to hide the truth in order to create a powerful lie.   The scheme involved years of secretive planning and included requiring participants to sign non-disclosure agreements to prevent the true story from emerging before the gut-punch video could have its intended shocking effect on the stage of world opinion. 

That man was the highly respected Sir David Attenborough

The story was “Walruses are jumping off cliffs to their deaths — yes, because of climate change”.

The major knowing and complicit malefactors in this deception:  The BBC, Netflix, Silverback Films, and WWF.  

FALLEN ICON is not a book for children, it is serious professional investigative journalism, and clearly laid out for readers in a step-by-step narrative.  This is not just speculation but an extremely detailed account from start to finish.  The book is 166 pages of eye-gripping reporting and includes, for those who wish to dig even deeper, 73 additional pages of references, appendices and citations.

Read it and rejoice in the victory of Truth over Falsehood – and weep for our Fallen Icon.

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Author’s Note: 

This review was written based on a pre-publication for-review version of the book provided by author and colleague, Dr. Susan Crockford. 

It should be available today from the usual major outlets for e-publications.

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Zig Zag Wanderer
January 19, 2022 11:49 am

Will be blindly “fact-checked” and summarily cancelled

John Tillman
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
January 19, 2022 12:21 pm

The IUCN rated two of three walrus subspecies “least concern” and the third “data deficient”.

Walruses have survived much warmer conditions. The threat to them ended with large scale hunting bans.

Pat from Kerbob
Reply to  John Tillman
January 19, 2022 12:27 pm

Same as polie bears yes.
shoot fewer and somehow there are more.
But less ice helps too

It doesn't add up...
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
January 19, 2022 2:47 pm

I checked a lot of the facts personally – because I provided them. Particularly tracking down the blog writings and photographs from Anatoly Kochnev, who was the local naturalist who advised the documentary crew, and also from Evgeny Basov, who also observed and photographed events. I noted the EXIF data that showed when photos were taken. I provided translations of their narratives that helped expose the rather different truth. Indeed, much of the original contact and highlighting of information with Susan Crockford was at this very blog, although that was backed up in email later.

Here’s a smoking gun….

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It doesn't add up...
Reply to  It doesn't add up...
January 20, 2022 7:24 am

Incidentally that photo was taken as long ago as June 2013, substantially predating the filming (you can check the EXIF). However, it might well have been clickbait for the Our Planet team.

Footage that I unearthed some considerable time after the original effort was discussed here

Discussion of Attenborough ‘s mea culpa is here

Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
January 19, 2022 7:31 pm


You mean subjected to the gruelling inquisition of “protected opinion” ?

January 19, 2022 11:49 am

David Attenborough has always been a legend in his own mind.

Reply to  MarkW
January 19, 2022 12:04 pm

His latest series on BBC1 ‘The Green Planet’ is very interesting and has few if any climate references.


John K. Sutherland
Reply to  tonyb
January 19, 2022 12:12 pm

I noticed that too. I watch these documentaries, wondering how long it will be before the usual lies creep in. That’s when I hit ‘mute’ or ‘off’.

Reply to  John K. Sutherland
January 20, 2022 11:06 am

I’m not interested in putting any money into the lying SOBs pockets.

Reply to  tonyb
January 19, 2022 12:57 pm

Should be called  ‘The Greener Planet’ 

Reply to  tonyb
January 19, 2022 2:08 pm

And yet, according to the BBC, at the premiere event screening of the special ‘preview’ episode of The Green Planet series, held in Glasgow on the eve of COP26:

“The giant 80x60ft IMAX screen also played a provocative animation ahead of the premiere featuring an electrocardiogram heartbeat that turns into a green plant stem and flatlines, perilously voiced by David Attenborough.

As the audience exited the screening, they were confronted with a living plant installation that was abundant at the start of the screening but now appeared decaying and withered bearing the message: ‘Let’s not make Fossil Forests be our Future.’”

And many thanks to Kip for his fabulous review.


Reply to  Susan Crockford
January 19, 2022 4:20 pm

Isn’t coal fossil forests?

Leo Smith
Reply to  tonyb
January 19, 2022 3:43 pm

I can’t be bothered to watch his stuff anymore.. I assume it will be wall to wall eco-woke claptrap.
Watched an old C4 documentary about the probable cause of a massive two year famine due to [best guess] massive Krakatoa eruption in 535AD.Frosts in summer. many people died,

Never mind. 20ppm increase in CO2, is worser than the worsest thing there ever was..

Reply to  Leo Smith
January 19, 2022 4:26 pm

Look at the effect of the volcanic eruption on Tonga recently.
Feel very sorry for the people affected, and wonder whether the amount of dust and SO2 discharged into the atmosphere is sufficient to have an effect, temporary, on the climate/weather?

Reply to  StephenP
January 20, 2022 11:08 am

I’ve read that the Tonga eruption was a VE5. That probably won’t be big enough to have a measurable impact on climate/weather.

Reply to  tonyb
January 19, 2022 7:29 pm

Indeed – it even mentions photosynthesis

Reply to  MarkW
January 19, 2022 12:51 pm

If you read any of his autobiographies, he was an editor at the BBC and was very clear there were stories he wanted heard and others he did not. That’s what editors do I suppose, but its very clear he was his own authority and he liked it that way.

Reply to  Kip Hansen
January 20, 2022 11:10 am

Being willing to play loose with the facts in order to push the “humans bad” agenda was the primary reason why he got the gig in the first place.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  MarkW
January 19, 2022 11:42 pm

Oh so true, I’ve met him!!!

Paul Buckingham
January 19, 2022 11:52 am

Not sure when eugenics freak qualified as a ‘great man’.

Reply to  Paul Buckingham
January 19, 2022 11:07 pm

Here, here

See my comment below

Reply to  Redge
January 20, 2022 1:56 am

Where? Where?

Or did you mean Hear Hear?

Reply to  Disputin
January 20, 2022 4:24 am

Yup, autocorrect is my worst enema

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Redge
January 21, 2022 2:50 am

That’s funny! 🙂

Reply to  Disputin
January 20, 2022 11:11 am

What’s the origin of that phrase? Hear, Hear.

Rud Istvan
January 19, 2022 12:12 pm

Read Dr. Crockford’s synopsis of her book. Saddest part is the Siberian guides knew and phone filmed the truth, which everyone else conspired to hide in order to create the climate lie.

Dissembling seems to be the warmunist MO:
-Mann’s Nature trick
-Briffa’s Hide the decline
-Trenberth’s Missing Heat (Essay in Blowing Smoke)
-Dessler’s positive cloud feedback (essay Cloudy Clouds in Blowing Smoke)
-Marcott’s hockey stick (essay A High Stick Foul in Blowing Smoke)
-OLeary’s Eemian Wais collapse (essay By Land or by Sea in Blowing Smoke)
-Fabricius’ ocean acidification killing corals (essay Shell Games in Blowing Smoke)
are some of the older ones from a decade ago.

Rud Istvan
Reply to  Kip Hansen
January 19, 2022 12:59 pm

Why I wrote the book. Even in the two energy sections, each essay illustrates either a popularized misunderstanding or a (likely deliberate) erroneous conclusion by the likes of IEA, EIA, CPUC, DoE, NREL…

Reply to  Rud Istvan
January 19, 2022 1:54 pm


Rud Istvan
Reply to  Kip Hansen
January 19, 2022 3:32 pm

Kip, it’s easy. No link needed. Go to either iBooks or Kindle books and in the search bars type ‘Istvan Blowing Smoke’. Brings it plus reviews plus snippet excerpts up. Just click purchase (it is deliberately cheap, as I did not write it over two years to make money—Kindle even lowered the price two bucks because was selling well enough there).

Reply to  Rud Istvan
January 19, 2022 6:12 pm


January 19, 2022 12:13 pm

The truth got its pants on again.

January 19, 2022 12:14 pm

Follow the money too

Andrew Dickens
January 19, 2022 12:18 pm

I saw a proramme on tv recently where David Attenborough showed the real story behind the walrus deaths (ie, spooked by polar bears). Give him credit, maybe he realised he was being used, and insisted on the real story being told.

John Tillman
Reply to  Andrew Dickens
January 19, 2022 12:22 pm

Too many polar bears!

Reply to  John Tillman
January 19, 2022 12:37 pm

You are right , Polar Bears are on the verge of becoming a pest !

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Don
January 19, 2022 1:52 pm

due to too much “carbon pollution”

Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
Reply to  Don
January 20, 2022 9:54 am

Polar bears have been a “pest species” for as long as humans have lived near them. There are so many on the western shore of Hudson Bay villagers have asked for permission to shoot three times as many per year until the population is manageable again.

It is not safe to have a top predator wandering through your neighbourhood.

Reply to  John Tillman
January 19, 2022 5:19 pm

Same situation with Florida manatees. After 30 years of “Save the Manatees!!”, the population count has increased from 1,267 in ‘91 to over 6,300 in ‘21 … but all we hear in the media is the “record number of manatee deaths” last year. But the breathless news bites always fail to mention the five-fold population increase.

Pat from Kerbob
Reply to  Andrew Dickens
January 19, 2022 12:29 pm

Where/when was this broadcast, i’d be interested too, also to see if he just states it was mistaken or if he cops to the outright fraud.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Kip Hansen
January 19, 2022 1:52 pm

I’m a Netflix addict and haven’t seen it.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Kip Hansen
January 21, 2022 2:55 am

I didn’t see the book listed on Kindle.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Andrew Dickens
January 19, 2022 12:39 pm

I saw an interview he gave once where one of his similar lies was outed. He admitted the deception, and just laughed about it. Unfortunately I can’t remember the lie itself.

He really doesn’t care.

John K. Sutherland
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
January 19, 2022 2:40 pm

Could it be the fake footage of his penguins flying?

Reply to  Andrew Dickens
January 19, 2022 2:10 pm

Nope, not what happened. Read the book.

Reply to  Susan Crockford
January 19, 2022 2:12 pm

By that I mean there is no evidence he insisted the real story be told.

It doesn't add up...
Reply to  Susan Crockford
January 19, 2022 2:57 pm

We got there first….

Reply to  Andrew Dickens
January 20, 2022 3:17 am

It wasn’t just polar bears. There were helicopters flying low overhead to film the walruses. The sound of the rotors spooked them and caused them to jump.

Reply to  Andrew Dickens
January 21, 2022 12:03 pm

Attenborough admitted it here in the LINK

Peta of Newark
January 19, 2022 12:39 pm

Not the same ‘group’ controlling GoJo Brandon by any chance – and AOC while we’re here??

I might have suggested ‘controlling BoJo’ but that’s pushing things too far, he’d give the game away in no time.
His ‘dear princess’ is an entirely ‘nother matter tho

January 19, 2022 12:52 pm

“ weep for our Fallen Icon.

Having just turned the awful Chris Packham off, no chance.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  fretslider
January 19, 2022 3:00 pm

Packham is the main reason I’m not doing the garden bird survey.

Reply to  Ben Vorlich
January 20, 2022 12:54 am

Glad I’m not the only one. I am proud to say it only takes 0,5 of a second to get to the remote to switch him off. It was 0.6 for corbyn and the same for Monbiot.

January 19, 2022 1:44 pm

Looking forward to the Griffter’s review of the book. Should be any minute now. After all, it’s not like he has to read it first.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Fraizer
January 19, 2022 7:54 pm

Griff only reads headlines

Joseph Zorzin
January 19, 2022 1:47 pm

“FALLEN ICON is not a book for children…”
And not a book that the MSM will ever mention.

Rud Istvan
January 19, 2022 2:43 pm

Kip and Susan, thanks. Just bought the book for my iPad Kindle reader. Looking forward to a good read.

A pro tip. My publisher put my 3 ebooks on both the Kindle and iBooks platforms. I find the iBooks reader interface a bit better for bookmarking, annotating, noting errata, and such a bit more like a real book. Kindle lives with Kindle device EInk limitations.

Reply to  Kip Hansen
January 20, 2022 11:24 am

I too am more or less anti-Apple, but it has more to do with the attitudes of many pro-Apple people.
That an my belief that Apple has a poor price to performance ratio.
The control that Apple has over developer does improve the quality a bit, however the the extra cost for that improved quality is not worth it.

Thirdly, most of that “extra” quality was in the past. In recent years the cost has remained, but quality has eroded.

Reply to  Kip Hansen
January 22, 2022 4:36 pm

More than slightly contradictory there, Kip.

Leo Smith
January 19, 2022 3:33 pm

I will never give a penny to WWF. Their advertising is lie upon lie,
I’ve ordered the book. If only to tip a dollar towards Susan.

January 19, 2022 6:08 pm

We visited the British Museum of Natural History 5 years ago and Marveled at the thousands of dead animals killed by Attenborough and his ilk.

Preserved for posterity nailed to a board.

January 19, 2022 6:35 pm

I was invited to his book launch, ”The trials of life” some thirty years ago and shook hands with the man. A lot shorter in stature than I thought, around 5’5”. He asked me… ”and what is your purpose in life?” I answered that I am a farmer, forester and dabbling in aquaculture. To which he totally ignored the farming, forestry bit and went straight to aquaculture which was a failed attempt to farm white bait, they eat Phyto Plankton, of which we just couldn’t get enough of to make it a commercial enterprise.
I was an enormous fan back then, even though I knew he was green, but not now, especially after the walrus episode. Shame he went down the alarmist road and didn’t stay neutral.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  aussiecol
January 19, 2022 7:53 pm

He’s basically a hobbit

Reply to  aussiecol
January 20, 2022 11:28 am

There’s a saying about short people having over sized ego’s to make up for their lack of stature.
It seems to be also true for Robert Reich and Michael Bloomberg.

Reply to  MarkW
January 22, 2022 4:37 pm

Fauci, Fauci, & Fauci.

January 19, 2022 7:30 pm

Mr. Attenborough certainly doesn’t deserve any praise. He might have been honest in the beginning but if so, he lost it to fame.

Now, he could redeem himself by doing a show on the effects of the Sun on the climate and the ongoing Grand Solar Minimum that is cooling the world and disrupting the climate over most of the world.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Philo
January 20, 2022 12:05 am

I have said it before, but years ago the BBC did a great programme on the Sun, with some beautiful pictures & video shots, but they destroyed all credibility when the narrator (just an actor, not generally known for their brain power outside their field), finished off with the phrase, “No one, can fully explain what effect the power of the Sun has on Earth’s climate, but whatever it is, it’s already been overtaken by manmade climate change!!!” Wonderful scientific reasoning, “we don’t fully know what effect element A has upon element B, but it’s already been overpowered by element C!!!”! Priceless!!!

Reply to  Alan the Brit
January 22, 2022 4:39 pm

Thanks for that! We’ve had countless examples.

Reply to  Philo
January 20, 2022 11:30 am

I don’t believe he’s ever been honest. There was another gentleman who used to do these nature series for the BBC, however he did insist on honesty, so he was replaced by Attenborough.

Pat from kerbob
January 19, 2022 7:52 pm

What we need is a documentary on this and get Jeff Goldblum as Dr Ian Malcolm mercilessly shredding everything Attenborough babbles about with cutting wit and humor.

THAT would rock!!!

January 19, 2022 11:04 pm

Not to mention Attenborough is a patron on the Optimum Trust AKA Population Matters, a racist outfit whose sole purpose is to reduce the population in the non-white, non-christian areas of the world

I make no apologies for posting a link to this spreadsheet yet again

Boff Doff
January 20, 2022 12:25 am

Attenborough should be given a platform to explain not just the walrus lie but also how he could put his name to a “documentary” that showed shellfish dissolving in an “increasingly acidic” ocean.

How have we arrived at a situation where such obvious dishonesty has become the norm?

Coach Springer
Reply to  Boff Doff
January 20, 2022 7:01 am

It is the norm.

January 20, 2022 1:26 am

Except it is a material fact that the ice over shallow water Walrus rely on is a diminishing commodity and they therefore haul out more often.

Some walrus science (i.e. not politically based opinion)

Walruses in a Time of Climate Change (

Richard Page
Reply to  griff
January 20, 2022 2:58 am

Except that it isn’t, apart from your completely delusional reality, of course. Walrus haul-out’s have been recorded for centuries, archaeological evidence of them has been established at numerous sites and the frequency appears to be unchanged. The frequency of media reporting on them has increased, but that is a completely different matter and has no bearing on the actual frequency of the Walrus haul-out’s. Stop believing everything the media tells you and do your own research.

John Phillips
Reply to  griff
January 20, 2022 4:56 am

“Sophie Lanfear of Silverback Films told the Telegraph: “We filmed Pacific walrus falling from high cliffs. They were not being driven off the cliffs by the polar bears and we know this because we had two team members watching the cliffs from afar who could see the polar bears and were in radio communications with us to warn us about any bears approaching the crew closer to the walrus and the cliffs.

“Once the walrus had rested at the top for a few days they wanted to return to sea when all the others below started to leave. We would watch them for hours teetering back and forth on the edge before finally, falling off.

“Fundamentally, the reason walrus used this haulout location is because of a lack of sea ice in the region, meaning they are coming ashore more frequently than they did in the past. Especially mothers with their pups. And at this particular site, once the beach below the cliffs was full, they spread out and up the cliffs and were unable to find their way safely down, with tragic consequences.”

Reply to  griff
January 20, 2022 11:32 am

There isn’t a shred of evidence to support your conviction that walrus haul-outs must have increased. If walrus are so dependent on ice, how did they ever survive the Holocene optimum which was at least 2 to 3 degrees warmer than today?

Philip Mulholland
January 20, 2022 1:27 am

Zoologist David Bellamy is my icon.

Richard Page
Reply to  Philip Mulholland
January 20, 2022 3:00 am

He was a great man, better than some of the ones who outlived him.

Danley Wolfe
January 20, 2022 6:45 am

By itself this will have zero effect perhaps a whiff of wind in re to the overiding debate on the climate change controversy. Unless it supports development of a new taxonomy on classification of how / whether called climate change research and evidence truly follows the accepted standards of science research esp. following the scientific method. It may sell well with the legion of retiored armchair scientists who write articles and run blogs. We need to focus ion the real hoax and that is the abandonment of scientific principles in the whole field of climate change … espeically the real causes which are the sources of funding behind it.

Barnes Moore
January 20, 2022 8:08 am

Just ordered the book. Thanks to Ms. Crockford for your tireless efforts to expose the fraudsters and tell the truth. And to this blog as well.

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