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The Assault on Reason | [Al Gore]

The Assault on Reason

Here is a visionary analysis of how the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith have combined with the public sphere's degradation to create an environment dangerously hostile to reason. 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.
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Here is a visionary analysis of how the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith have combined with the degradation of the public sphere to create an environment dangerously hostile to reason.

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.

Listen to more by Gore.

©2007 Al Gore; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    "Great Book, but Should Come with Prozac"

    The author certainly knows his facts and figures, but it's certainly depressing to listen to for 10+ hours after eight years of Bush. I mean, MAN is this depressing stuff. People in the current administration should be prosecuted!

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    Al Gore has the perspective of an insider and an academic. For those who value the Constitution this is a frightening look at how subtly it can be undermined. This is a cautiionary look at what may be happening to our country and our government at the hands of an administration that has been inclined towards secrecy and deception and has reinterpreted the Constitution for the personal gain of a few. For those who already hold with the progressive and left leaning views of our former V.P. this adds detail to our suspicions. For those on the right...I somehow doubt that it will be read with more than waiting for the speaker to stop so that they can make their argument.

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    "Mostly Republican Bashing!"

    If i were a US Citizen, i would vote for the democrats after reading this book!

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    This is an amazing book. Please read it.

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