THE ASSAULT ON REASON by Al Gore
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Al Gore may have been denied the presidency, but that hasnít stopped him from becoming one of Americaís most inspiring visionary leaders. Through such insightful books as Earth in the Balance and his Academy Award-winning documentary based on his book An Inconvenient Truth, he has brought a wise, sound, and caring voice to many of the worries and issues of our day. In The Assault on Reason, Gore looks at how the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith have combined to create an environment dangerously hostile to reason.
What has gone so terribly wrong with our country? Gore argues that we have reached dangerous tipping points in three critical areas. First, Americaís apathetic, television-drugged electorate has defaulted on its civic responsibilities, a situation compounded by the Bush administrationís disregard for the truth. Second, our moral standing in the world has reached its lowest point thanks to the administrationís unvarnished contempt for international institutions and lack of interest in the opinions of the world. And third, all this at a time when the ecology of the planet is hanging in the balance. Gore draws attention to the forces at work on our minds, and leads us to an understanding of what we can do, individually and collectively, to restore the rule of reason, save the planet, and bring peace and prosperity to the world. Drawing on a lifeís work in politics as well as the work of experts across a broad range of disciplines, this is a powerful manifesto that offers us a bold and bright new direction.
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