The Assault on Reason

  • by Al Gore
  • Narrated by Will Patton
  • 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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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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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A man who should be president

Al Gore has done a remarkable job at helping me to understand in laymans terms just how awful this administration is and has been since its inception. The American people trusted this man because of what they thought he was, not what he truly was. It angers me so much that here we are almost 8 years since the Lewinsky debaucle and it seems so petty compared to the disaster this country has truly become not only to its own people but to those who live outside this country. We have to get back to the way it was. But without a leader whose interest is truly the American people as Clinton and Gore were, even HW Bush was a better man, we will never recover. In this book Gore gives us hope, but the American people have towake up and smell the coffee. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to those who always believed that Gore would have made a much better President and even those who thought he wouldn't, intelligent he is not egotistical.
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- Gloria

A few good nuggets

Gore's introduction gives a hint of his animosity towards our current administration but it gave me the impression that he and I are on the same wavelength when it comes to the "dumbing down" of our electorate. His premise is that we, the people, are like putty in the hands of marketing gurus who simply lead us like so many complacent sheep. Based on this introduction I figured I might actually find myself agreeing with someone with whom I rarely share ground. By the time I was into the first chapter I realized that when Al says "Assault On Reason" what he really means is that anyone who isn't on the same page with him has obviously lost the ability to reason. The bulk of the first 8 chapters is little more than taking shots at the Bush administration (it doesn't matter whether it's Bush 41 or 43). He uses various Right Wing bashing points as examples of how gullible the people are and how crafty the power mongers are. I got the point after one or two examples but Al carries on for chapter after chapter about the failings of conservatives, this administration in particular. I did find some enlightening references sprinkled through his diatribe so it's not a total loss.

Finally, in chapter 9 reason regains it's footing and Al does a fair job of tying up the thread he began in the introduction. The bottom line: The Internet has the potential to enable dialogue between we the people which will help us re-engage our minds with the hopeful outcome that we'll once again hold the government accountable to the rule of law and of reason. If you're a conservative, read the intro, skip to chapter 9 and you'll get the meat of his message. But you may find it very enlightening to hear how a liberal views the world. Of course, if you're a liberal, enjoy the pep rally.
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- R. Hilton

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-20-2007
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio