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The Assault on Reason Audiobook

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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    R.S. Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada 07-21-11
    R.S. Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada 07-21-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Cogent Reminder"

    I was surprised by the power and passion of Al Gore's case against the policies of the Bush-Cheney administration. He has provided a cogent reminder of the assaults on reason, science, society and international law that that administration represented. Perhaps if the transgressions of that era had not been swept under the carpet, but subjected to proper legal investigation, there would be a sense that Change (for the better) was realizable. Instead there is the same old, same old. Nevertheless, it is important to be reminded, as it provides grounding and perspective. The Assault on Reason is an exceptionally penetrating political book. The reader did a fine job.

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    Mark Charlotte, NC, United States 05-30-11
    Mark Charlotte, NC, United States 05-30-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A great book; highly recommended"

    Full of facts, this thoughtful book lays out, in clear detail, the root of so many of our nation's problems: the absence and attack of reason. No matter your political persuasion, this book is an asset for those who are tired of the 30 second sound bite and want to see reason return to our political discourse.

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    Scott Roseville, CA, United States 10-11-08
    Scott Roseville, CA, United States 10-11-08

    Don't you just love a great story well told?

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    "Required Reading for All Thinking Americans"

    If you're a "ditto head", love Anne Coulter etc. you'll hate this book. If you think for *yourself* you'll learn much. It is explained how radio 1st then T.V. have decreased reasoned dialog and dissent as "one way" media. Explained is how George W.'s policies have ruined America's world reputation all due to Iraq. The Bush administration's lies, support of torture and destruction of our key civil liberties are all the antithesis of what America stands for. Thanks to the lack of reasoned dissent our national reputation is in tatters. What would our 'Founding Fathers' think? The narration / production is fine. There's no "snide" tone. Given the inflammatory material (e.g. allowing companies needing oversight, to police themselves!) the reader sounds reasonable. (I'd be LIVID!) Our nation has been mugged by a media and by powerful politician / appointees (e.g. Pentagon officials) against those who DARED voice *reasoned dissent* of administration decisions, they were ignored, demoted, or "retired" (the latter in the prime of Shinseki's highly successful military career) for simply doing their jobs - using the ability to reason - THAT is an "Assault on Reason". Bush and his cronies have assaulted our reason. Reason has been under assault for 8 years. It explains Bush's very low approval ratings. "You're with us or against us" does *not* invite any kind of reasoned debate. This book is a must read to find out how we got into this incredible military mess (and now fiscal) mess. Much of it is the outcome of Bush W. and his administrations active avoidance of reasoned thought.

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    Gary Santa Fe, NM, United States 11-01-07
    Gary Santa Fe, NM, United States 11-01-07 Member Since 2008
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    "assault on reason"

    Excellent thought provoking read. Gore is really bright. A must read.

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    Connie Augusta, GA, USA 06-26-07
    Connie Augusta, GA, USA 06-26-07
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    "Book based on facts"

    Al Gore, who certainly is not a fan of the Bush Administration, provides facts and sources of the conclusions he draws. This is not a hard book to understand, but reader should be open minded and willing to absorb -- although he/she may not like the material being presented. Then again -- just because we don't like what is being presented does not that it's not the truth. Sometimes the truth is very difficult to swallow.

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    Kyosaku Southern California 07-14-07
    Kyosaku Southern California 07-14-07 Member Since 2008

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    "A Frightening Perspective"

    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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    C. Little 01-13-09
    C. Little 01-13-09
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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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    wilsonchua 12-11-07
    wilsonchua 12-11-07
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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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    Chris Woodland Hills, CA, United States 05-27-07
    Chris Woodland Hills, CA, United States 05-27-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    This is an amazing book. Please read it.

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