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

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.

The reader is required to be smart and work through it but the payoff is amazing.

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.

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.

A must. As said taxing but book for the wise.

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- savi

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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- Celso Relvas

Book Details

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