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Publisher Description

A visionary analysis of how the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith has combined with the degration of the public sphere to create an environment dangerously hostile to reason

At the time George W. Bush ordered American forces to invade Iraq, 70 percent of Americans believed Saddam Hussein was linked to 9/11. Voters in Ohio, when asked by pollsters to list what stuck in their minds about the campaign, most frequently named two Bush television ads that played to fears of terrorism.

We live in an age when the thirty-second television spot is the most powerful force shaping the electorate's thinking, and America is in the hands of an administration less interested than any previous administration in sharing the truth with the citizenry. Related to this and of even greater concern is this administration's disinterest in the process by which the truth is ascertained, the tenets of fact-based reasoning-first among them an embrace of open inquiry in which unexpected and even inconvenient facts can lead to unexpected conclusions.

How did we get here? How much damage has been done to the functioning of our democracy and its role as steward of our security? Never has there been a worse time for us to lose the capacity to face the reality of our long-term challenges, from national security to the economy, from issues of health and social welfare to the environment. As The Assault on Reason shows us, we have precious little time to waste.

Gore's larger goal in this book is to explain how the public sphere itself has evolved into a place hospitable to reason's enemies, to make us more aware of the forces at work on our own minds, and to lead us to an understanding of what we can do, individually and collectively, to restore the rule of reason and safeguard our future. Drawing on a life's work in politics as well as on the work of experts across a broad range of disciplines, Al Gore has written a farsighted and powerful manifesto for clear thinking.

Will Patton
hr min
May 22
Penguin Audio

Customer Reviews

jerome.tordo ,

A Must read

A great sum of work made by a man who has learn a lot on himself and developped a great sensibility through his experiences.
A wonderfull work that put together different scientific field along with politics view to give an explaination on what has shape our societies and why we are where we are.
People who ask themselves Why ? and who like to understand the interaction that make this world ticking will find a good part of the answers they might looking for.
Congratulation M. Gore if I could.

MrEktid ,

Worth It

I am Amazed that Al Gets a bad wrap with allot of people.
Agree with him or not about global warming.. This guy knows his history.
I wish he tought my history class
We would be way better off if we just finished 8 years of Gore and not GW

PMB5 ,

It's A Brilliant and Frustrating Read

It's so frustrating to know that America was robbed of Mr. Gore's brilliant leadership. This should be required reading for all looking to better understand the country and why we are the way we are today.