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The Assault on Reason: How the Politics of Blind Faith Subvert Wise Decision-Making Paperback – Import, January 1, 2008


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING PLC; First Printing edition (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747593345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747593348
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (373 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,154,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Former Vice President Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is also a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a member of Apple, Inc.'s board of directors.

Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit devoted to solving the Climate Crisis.

Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980 and 1982 and the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years. During the Administration, Gore was a central member of President Clinton's economic team. He served as President of the Senate, a Cabinet member, a member of the National Security Council and as the leader of a wide range of Administration initiatives.

He is the author of the bestsellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, and Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis. He is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary and is the co-recipient, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for "informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change."

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Basically, Gore's recent book is a simple analysis of the Bush Administration and how he is abusing the checks and balances established by the Founders.
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This book is an excellent thought provoking read about a very import topic.
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869 of 986 people found the following review helpful By Julie Neal TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Here's a radical idea: Americans can govern themselves best by having clear-headed, reasoned public discussions on the important topics of the day. A thought from Thomas Paine? Your high school civics teacher? No, Al Gore. That's the theme of this clear-headed, reasoned, and yes, even passionate argument on what's wrong with our country and how we can fix it.

Yes, it bashes Bush, but how can it not? It's impossible to argue against the chatterbox shrillness of today's public debate without mentioning the subjects being debated. And if you're going to seriously examine Iraq, Katrina and the other issues of the last six years, how can our current President come out looking good?

Gore doesn't mince his words. He calls Bush a liar and an irresponsible leader. But he backs up these assertions with a 90-minute Powerpoint presentation worth of clear-headed, reasoned and well-documented argument -- complete with hundreds of footnotes.

Divided into three parts, the book's simple structure makes it easy to follow. The opening identifies what Gore contends are the five enemies of reason -- fear, superstition, ideology, deception and intolerance. Middle chapters examine the damage those things have caused, and the last 30 pages offer a few solutions.

And just what is that damage? Gore breaks it down into five areas:

* The squandering of international goodwill over Iraq has caused a threat to our national security, as the world now fears us instead of respects us.

* Ignoring the rational arguments of scientists has weakened our environmental security, as shown by the failure to be ready for the known problems Katrina and global warming would cause.

* Our excessive dependence on imported oil continues to weaken our energy security.
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410 of 509 people found the following review helpful By J.F. on May 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A Republican friend who teaches and practices Buddhism in Colorado once asked me if the Democrats or the Republicans had more "Lungta"? It was a trick, you see; there was only one answer and it was the answer that, before he asked the question, he knew he would like hearing.

Lungta is a kind of charisma or power that belongs to special leaders, heros, warriors and kings. It makes men want to follow them into battle, even if they think they are doomed. It makes people want to listen to what they say. It is the energy, according to ancient Buddhist teachings, that comes from being totally genuine and completely unafraid of who you are. It has been a while since you could apply that term to a Democrat with a chance of being President someday.

There are two Al Gores. There is one who puts his finger to the wind. He changes his image and persona to fit the opinions and desires articulated from mountains of data by his pollsters, He runs away from who he is at the most basic level. This is the guy that sold NAFTA to the American people for Bill Clinton when Clinton was up and strong. This is the guy who pretended he had nothing to do with Bill Clinton (and picked Joe Lieberman as his running mate) when Bill Clinton was down and bleeding. This is the man who wears Earth tones.

There is another Al Gore: There is the one who had hearings on toxins and ozone levels in the 1970s; There is the one who ran for President on a all-global-warming/all-the-time platform in 1988 before you could win an Oscar (and maybe a Nobel) doing that. There is the one who wrote "Earth in the Balance" and barn stormed American with Bill Clinton in the summer of 1992.
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Format: Hardcover
The American political scene has shifted greatly since 2000 in ways that most Republicans like and most Democrats do not. Although Al Gore's title suggests a broader topic, The Assault on Reason focuses on the Bush methods of running the government and the Republican Party. As you might imagine, Al Gore doesn't like anything about what has happened.

If you were to boil this book down into one single idea, it would be this: Absolute power corrupts absolutely and is a danger to us all. Gore takes the point of view that the Bush administration has been and is mostly about gaining and holding power in order to reward Republicans and those who pay for Republicans to be elected.

As examples, Gore cites the following evidence:

1. The administration always knew that there never was any connection between terrorist attacks and Iraq (nor any threat of weapons of mass destruction being produced in Iraq), but made invading Iraq a high priority for pursuing its oil-focused strategy of controlling the Middle East where major oil companies and contributing contractors have been rewarded.

2. The Bush administration seeks to maximize fear of terrorism to gain ever more power for itself, usually by ignoring the limits on government power in the Constitution.

3. Fund-raising for Congressional Republicans is now controlled by the White House so the administration hasn't had any oversight from either party in Congress, a sharp departure from past practices.

4. When the president signs a new piece of legislation, he almost always indicates that he won't follow the law that was enacted (this has occurred over 1000 times).
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