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The Assault on Reason: Our Information Ecosystem, from the Age of Print to the Age of Trump - 2017 Edition

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Publisher's Summary

Now with a New Preface and Conclusion: "Post-Truth: On Donald Trump and the 2016 Election"

What has happened to our country and how can we fix it?

We are in the midst of a deepening crisis for our democracy. After the strangest election cycle in modern American history, it is important that we address the grave threats to our way of life that were glaringly revealed in this campaign. In The Assault on Reason, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Vice President Al Gore examines how faith in the power of reason - the idea that citizens can govern themselves through rational debate - is in peril. Our democracy depends on a well-informed citizenry and a two-way conversation about ideas, but our public sphere has been degraded by fake news and the politics of fear, partisanship, and blind faith. Now updated to investigate the rise of Trump and post-truth politics, The Assault on Reason is a call to rebuild the vitality of American democracy by restoring the nation's information ecosystem so that we can start making good decisions again.

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©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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    Mat Issaquah, WA, USA 10-05-07
    Mat Issaquah, WA, USA 10-05-07
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    "The Naked Truth"

    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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Julian Silver Spring, MD, USA 06-09-07
    Julian Silver Spring, MD, USA 06-09-07
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    "Run Al Run"

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Bel Aire, KS, United States 08-31-07
    Greg Bel Aire, KS, United States 08-31-07
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    "Good re-look at information we already know"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Gainesville, FL, United States 08-22-07
    Keith Gainesville, FL, United States 08-22-07
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    "Excellent summary of the status quo"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Whitman, MA, USA 08-16-07
    Peter Whitman, MA, USA 08-16-07
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    "Valued reading for all Americans"

    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.

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    Joshua Saint Louis, MO, USA 08-03-07
    Joshua Saint Louis, MO, USA 08-03-07
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    "Political Junkies Will Love"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pierre New Minas, NS, Canada 08-01-07
    Pierre New Minas, NS, Canada 08-01-07
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    "Why can't this man be President?"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Platte City, MO, USA 10-22-07
    Jennifer Platte City, MO, USA 10-22-07
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    "Good points, but too long"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Xopher USA 06-19-07
    Xopher USA 06-19-07 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent!"

    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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    Chris Haynes Stone Mountain, GA USA 04-23-08
    Chris Haynes Stone Mountain, GA USA 04-23-08 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent and insightful"

    After reading this book and coming to realize what this country has gone through since the fiasco that resulted in Bush leading this country instead of Gore, I was really saddened. I didn't not come to realize, before this read, how insightful and deep Mr. Gore is and truly wish he was on the ballot this go round because someone of his stature is truly what we need at this point in our country's history. The book is fantastic. It is demonstrates how a tyrannical and corrupt administration has been allowed to sink our democracy to the lowest levels in history aided by an unthinking, unreasoning populace. Kudos! A wake up call for all.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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