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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

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“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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An essential read to understand this crazy world

I had the pleasure of personally meeting Mr. Gore in one of his fund's events and was very impressed by what he said and what he represents to millions of climate-concerned citizens worldwide. Although I had very high expectations regarding the messages in his new book, I was gladly surprised by the breadth and depth of the information he provided. If one wishes to better understand the crazy world we live in, this book is a good starting point and a must read.

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Wonderful content, poorly read

Would you try another book from Al Gore and/or Al Gore?

Without a doubt!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I think Al Gore is a brilliant man, and wish he had been president of the United States. This book is an excellent detailed overview of the issues facing our time, and a considered approach to how to address each issue. However, I wish Al Gore himself hadn't narrated it. His dry, sometimes slow, drawl was hard to engage with, and it lulled me to sleep on more than one occasion.

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  • ANDRÉ
  • ORLANDO, FL, United States
  • 10-05-13

Listen to this book and change your perspective

I am afraid. In THE FUTURE, Al Gore opened my eyes about how urgent we need to act. We are heading for a world of destruction, of poverty, of loss of jobs, thirsty and hunger. And we are the guilty ones. But we still can change the planet and our future. Listen to it and see the world in another light.

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  • savi
  • BELLEVUE, WA
  • 07-05-13

Who said a book should be easy? Demanding but Amaz

If you could sum up The Future in three words, what would they be?

Taxing, Comprehensive, Must.

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

Singularity (Ray), Abundance (Dimantis)

Any additional comments?

At times overwhelming, at times taxing. The reading of Al Gore is somewhat tiring at times but the message is always detailed, sharp and crucially important.<br/><br/>The reader is required to be smart and work through it but the payoff is amazing.<br/><br/>I was reading this after Singularity (Ray), Abundance (Dimantis) thinking it would be more or less a reiteration but I was amazed at the breath and depth of Al Gore knowledge.<br/><br/>The amounts of new information I was not aware of spanned and interwined between politics, genomics, global warming, world issues, robotics and a plethora of issues all backed up with ample of research details.<br/><br/>A must. As said taxing but book for the wise.

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I had no idea... Out of control population growth

and other policies which could harm the earth. Also a broad discussion of future technologies. I didn't know about the dangerous, out of control population growth in parts of Africa, Latin America and Asia, where it is up to 30 times the rate of North America and Europe, and the declining number of births of white Americans vs. foreign immigrants to this country. I also thought an interesting discussion of future advances in bio-tech, medicine, electronics and environmentally friendly technologies. I wasn't so enthusiastic about his proposing wealth distribution and increased taxes on estates and families. 2 of 3 aint bad Gore!

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An amazing tour of the world, facts, trends.

An amazing thought provoking and inspiring tour of the world. Especially now.. this book has been a transformative experience.

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Great book, start to finish.

Not many books have kept my interest over 18 hours, but this one did. Al Gore has such a lovely voice, it is too bad he didn't perform it himself, but the performance was flawless as it is.

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  • Bernice
  • Clifton, NJ, United States
  • 03-07-13

If you are not a scientist, don't buy this book

Would you try another book from Al Gore and/or Al Gore?

I would not buy another book by Al Gore especially if it was READ by Al Gore. OMG! borrrrrning - no inflection, no personality. And he wrote it as if EVERYONE knew the technical terms for everything. I am sorely disappointed. He is a brilliant man - just not relatable to the common person.<br/>

Has The Future turned you off from other books in this genre?

no - I really like knowing what is going on in the world - but - not being a Rhodes Scholar, I could not get into this book.

How could the performance have been better?

This might be a dry subject - but some life in the inflection when reading would be nice

Any additional comments?

Can I have my money back?<br/>WARNING - do not try and listen to this book while driving. Drowsiness may occur.

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  • Juan
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 03-04-13

Full of DATA and FACTS!

What did you love best about The Future?

FACTS, FACTS and FACTS

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

Everything regarding population growth. Had no idea! Too many bodies on this boat. We better learn how to swim.

Have you listened to any of Al Gore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

NO

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

NO

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  • Diane
  • United States
  • 02-21-13

10 Stars!!!

“The Future” is extremely well-researched, thoughtful and eye-opening. Al Gore does a great job with the narration!

If you listen to only one book this year, it should be this one. And then buy a copy and read it to your kids. The future may depend upon it.

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