The Future

  • by Al Gore
  • Narrated by Al Gore
  • 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

“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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Amazon Customer

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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- ANDRÉ

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-29-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audio