At the time George W. Bush ordered American forces to invade Iraq, 70 percent of Americans believed Saddam Hussein was linked to 9/11. Voters in Ohio, when asked by pollsters to list what stuck in their minds about the recent campaign, most frequently named two Bush television ads that played to fears of terrorism.
We live in an age when the 30-second television spot is the most powerful force shaping the electorate's thinking, and America is in the hands of an administration less interested than any previous administration in sharing the truth with the citizenry. Related to this and of even greater concern is this administration's disinterest in the process by which the truth is ascertained, the tenets of fact-based reasoning - first among them an embrace of open inquiry in which unexpected and inconvenient facts can lead to unexpected conclusions.
How did we get here? How much damage has been done to the functioning of our democracy and its role as steward of our security? Never has there been a worse time for us to lose the capacity to face the reality of our long-term challenges, from national security to the economy, from issues of health and social welfare to the environment. As The Assault on Reason explains, we have precious little time to waste.
Drawing on a life's work in politics, as well as on the work of experts across a broad range of disciplines, Al Gore has written a farsighted and powerful manifesto for clear thinking.
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"Soon the political world will be buzzing about Gore's new book...about the assault on reason. It will be a call to action against the politics of radical ideology, fear and greed that have led America into an unwise war and Washington into an era of scandal that has only begun to unfold." (The Hill)
This book was a great way to get into Gore's head....and to better understand not only where he is on the key issues, but what his guiding philosophies are.
Although he has an ax to grind, it's a pretty clear and straight on treatise on where his head is at versus Dubya.
My only disappointment was that Gore did not narrate the book.
Sometimes the best thing a partisan can do is just start spewing the truth. Gore's ideals are indeed just that; he didn't achieve them in his vice-presidency as often as he'd have liked, but after reading this book, I wish that Gore had been the frontman instead of Clinton.
That said, how does someone who has every right to be bitter get away with attacking the candidate that beat him? The bludgeoning hammer of truth and fact. These aren't all partisan shots; these are fundamental challenges to philosophy that deserve to be aired. Gore generally stays above the fray, though not always, and points out the evidential flaws that have existed in the Bush administration from Day 1, and lays them out to the jury of the citizens.
Not only does he get away with it; he nails it.
While he does toot his own horn Gore makes a case for electing an intellegent person to the White House. Bush and his people have has hurt this country in many ways. Government by fear, lies and fake religion is not Democracy. Gore seems to be the only candidate or potential candidate that can bring the US back to being the country it used to be.
Gore is pissed and let's the Bush administration have it. There is very little new information here that you don't get in other books on Iraq, Big Oil, and the environment - but Gore weaves them together in a way that only he can. He is passionate about the environment and, what he doesn't say, without the 2000 election fiasco he would be working on his presidential library and we wouldn't be in the mess we are in now. God how I wish we had a president capable of even writing a book like this.
Every once in a while, you come across a book that sums up what you are feeling and codifies the craziness of today's existence. This book is just that. There really is nothing new here, and Gore will not blow anyone away with his summary of popular media and the undercurrents (and underworld) of the American political system. However, the fact that his comments are so dead on correct makes the book seem almost prescient.
The book is a worthwhile read for anyone, but particularly if you are fed up with the popcorn culture that pervades the American experience nowadays. It's a nice roadmap.
It’s been a long time since I listened to or read a book based on political thought. I felt I was taking a chance on this book. Well, I was not disappointed. I really enjoyed the book and I would recommend the book as a valued reading for all Americans that are concerned with the current national atmosphere towards their elected government leaders. The Vice President did an excellent job in outlining his thoughts and reasons for writing the book. You may agree or disagree with him, but one thing will happen, he gets you thinking again about the American way of government; a government of laws and reasoned thought and not of men. I give this book 5 star rating.
If you want a clearly explained, rational explanation of everything that's gone on in the last seven years, you'll love this book. It's for the political junkie, tough. I think Republicans and Democrats alike will find value in this resource. For serious conservative and moderates, this book shows how Bush has betrayed the Constitution and the United States. It paints a very clear, sometimes far too "rational" explanation of the crimes of the Bush Administration, and the guilt of the mass media, both "liberal" and "conservative" in abandoning "reason" for entertainment about celebrities. When profit comes before country, we get what we have. Gore shows how. And while his meanderings on climate change detract a bit from the reasoned approach of the rest of the book. The rest of the book makes this one well worth listening to.
An extraordinarily articulate and sensible book. The World needs a man like this. A President who believes in Natural Selection? Think of the possibilities!
The book makes an excellent analysis of the effects of fear and TV upon reason, clouding judgment.
Seriously, maybe it's a good thing he wasn't President in 2000. If he had been, he couldn't run today, when we need him more than ever.
I like what Al Gore has to say, but he seems to really repeat himself in this book. It's a bit dry and quite redundant. I think he could have made his points just as effectively in a book about half the length of this one. Maybe an abridged version would be a better choice.
Very good book, however Mr Gore forgets to include those elements which make good arguments great: the retort to potential attacks against his claims weren't addressed as much as one would expect. He also neglects to mention possible counter arguments toward the reliance on the internet for reliable information.
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