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From the former vice president and #1 New York Times best-selling author comes An Inconvenient Truth for everything - a frank and clear-eyed assessment of six critical drivers of global change in the decades to come.

Ours is a time of revolutionary change that has no precedent in history. With the same passion he brought to the challenge of climate change, and with his decades of experience on the front lines of global policy, Al Gore surveys our planet’s beclouded horizon and offers a sober, learned, and ultimately hopeful forecast in the visionary tradition of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock and John Naisbitt’s Megatrends. In The Future, Gore identifies the emerging forces that are reshaping our world:

  • Ever-increasing economic globalization has led to the emergence of what he labels “Earth Inc.” - an integrated holistic entity with a new and different relationship to capital, labor, consumer markets, and national governments than in the past.
  • The worldwide digital communications, Internet, and computer revolutions have led to the emergence of “the Global Mind,” which links the thoughts and feelings of billions of people and connects intelligent machines, robots, ubiquitous sensors, and databases.
  • The balance of global political, economic, and military power is shifting more profoundly than at any time in the last five hundred years—from a U.S.-centered system to one with multiple emerging centers of power, from nation-states to private actors, and from political systems to markets.
  • A deeply flawed economic compass is leading us to unsustainable growth in consumption, pollution flows, and depletion of the planet’s strategic resources of topsoil, freshwater, and living species.
  • Genomic, biotechnology, neuroscience, and life sciences revolutions are radically transforming the fields of medicine, agriculture, and molecular science - and are putting control of evolution in human hands.
  • There has been a radical disruption of the relationship between human beings and the earth’s ecosystems, along with the beginning of a revolutionary transformation of energy systems, agriculture, transportation, and construction worldwide.

From his earliest days in public life, Al Gore has been warning us of the promise and peril of emergent truths - no matter how “inconvenient” they may seem to be. As absorbing as it is visionary, The Future is a map of the world to come, from a man who has looked ahead before and been proven all too right.

©2013 Al Gore (P)2013 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“This is a great book. From political policy and economics to science and the most thorny ethical issues, Al Gore has stated the human condition and the issues we face forthrightly, fearlessly, and in easily understood language - and has said what must be done. I asked myself halfway through who else could have written a book of this magnitude. The only answer I could imagine was Jefferson.” (E. O. Wilson, Harvard University, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize)

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What made the experience of listening to The Future the most enjoyable?

I appreciated its organization which enabled me to focus on specific topics and how the US is being impacted. The information, although detailed and complex, was easy to understand.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Future?

The overview of how the number of young men, unemployment rate, and education come together to impact peace.

What about Al Gore’s performance did you like?

Mr. Gore's reading voice was easy to understand.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Information about the 3-D printer with its potential use in changing the face of manufacturing on a large scale and how, subsequently, that will impact jobs in the US as well as the rest of the world.

Any additional comments?

I will definitely listen to it again as it has so much interesting information that I want to better retain as a foundational understanding as I read other books on those same topics.

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  • Stephen
  • Little Rock, United States Minor Outlying Islands
  • 04-25-13

A very good read

Where does The Future rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty high. It's a concise expanded essay on the challenges facing the global community and the United States in particular. Gore spends a good deal of time laying the groundwork for each challenge that will impact the future of humanity--from global climate change (his linchpin issue) to the use of biotech and its ethical considerations, to the interconnected, fragile global financial system.

What other book might you compare The Future to and why?

Al Gore's The Assault On Reason is a nice introduction to the topics in this book.

Which scene was your favorite?

The description of the use of fiber optic lines in providing the financial industry ever increasing transaction speeds.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but it is long.

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  • Benjamin
  • Nashville, TN, United States
  • 03-11-13

Gore has more information than the rest of us

Would you consider the audio edition of The Future to be better than the print version?

I think the print version would be better though harder to get through. Gore has done a great job with his data but there is no opportunity to reflect on it in audio

Who was your favorite character and why?

not applicable

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Gore should not be narrating. His intelligence exceeds his place as a evocative compelling narrator

If you could give The Future a new subtitle, what would it be?

The Future For Now and What We Face and Do Not Know or Address

Any additional comments?

There is a bit of the sky is falling and it may indeed. The strength of the book is the questions; the weakness is its answers....

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