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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (240 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Al Gore Narrator: Al Gore Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Al Gore is the writer of two previous books: An Inconvenient Truth, which spoke about the dangers of climate change and was made into an Academy Award-winning documentary, and The Assault on Reason, which examined democracy in America and the problems it faces. In The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change, Al Gore is more ambitious because he's trying to address more than one specific problem. You still see elements of his previous books in this one, such as, for example, an analysis of the American democratic system, which Gore says has been "hacked," but you also get a bigger picture of what the world is facing today.

As far as American democracy goes, Gore suggests that Congress has become dependent on lobbyists to raise money for re-election, thus giving a lot more power to large industries. This leads into greater inequalities in income and prevents reform which is particularly necessary at this time, given the high rate of unemployment and the problems facing the public education system. To Gore, it seems as though Americans, like ancient Romans, are dependent on "Panem et Circenses" or bread and circuses. In our modern world, the place of circuses is taken by television where people watch big industry-sponsored programs and advertisements which lull them into believing that all is right with the world.

However, as Gore points out, the environmental issues he has addressed earlier are far from being resolved. Carbon emissions are still extremely high and can lead to flooding in some places and the creation of a desert-like environment in others. The technology spurt we are seeing has led to problems with privacy which are only likely to keep growing. Medical technology, though beneficial, may have a sinister result in the future if people are allowed to choose the traits their unborn babies possess.

Overall, Gore addresses many important problems and issues that people ought to be looking at but that are largely going ignored. By writing about them, Gore hopes to spread information and, hopefully, lead into greater democratic reform. As people become more aware, they will take issues into their own hands instead of settling for the half-truths they are being fed.

Albert Gore was born in Washington D.C., the son of a U.S. representative later to become Senator. His childhood was spent partly in D.C. and partly on the family farm in Tennessee. He went to Harvard and married Mary Elizabeth "Tipper" Aitcheson whom he had known since his high school days, and they had four children before separating in 2010. He served in Vietnam, and, after returning dispirited, decided to attend Vanderbilt University Divinity School to explore spiritual issues. He served in the U.S. Congress for 16 years and as Vice President under the Clinton administration. In 2000, he ran for President and won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College to George W. Bush. He is an author who has won the Nobel Peace Prize for his environmental activism.

From the former vice president and #1 New York Times bestselling 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 US-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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Quotes & Awards

  • “The passion is unmistakable. So is the knowledge. Practically every page offers an illumination.”

    Bloomberg Report

  • “Gore takes on a subject whose scale matches that of his achievements and ambition.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A luminously intelligent analysis that is packed with arresting ideas and facts.”


  • “Gore’s strengths lie in his passion for the subject and in his ability to take the long view by putting current events and trends in historical context.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A tour de force of Big Picture thinking.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title” for Nonfiction, January 2013

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by John Behle | 2/18/2014

    " It did not work for me. It was like dozens of his political speeches stapled together. I kept thinking "Am I am reading a teleprompter of scanned in speech writer material?" I tried, but did not finish this heavy tome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sherman | 2/3/2014

    " This book isn't just about global warming. It isn't only about today's politics. It is about these two things and much much more. It is about this world we live in today and our future. Do we have a future with all that is going on today? He thinks so. He is very optimistic. He doesn't think it is too late to fix global warming. A very smart, intelligent man that has written one of the best books of 2013! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kory Klem | 1/25/2014

    " Insightful and measured, you finish the book as inspired as you are scared. As Gore continues to lay out and focus on some of the biggest challenges facing us today, it's impossible to not give pause and remember the 2000 election. I really wish this Al Gore would have better shown the electorate at that time who he really was and what he was capable. Say what you will about the appropriate size of government. Policy is so crucial to piloting humanity, and I have no doubt he would have plotted a much better course through the better part of the aughts than what we were left with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda Anderson | 1/7/2014

    " Well written with lots of ideas I had not considered. Many new issues to ponder. I had not considered the impact of technology/robotics field on global employment. Another idea was the driverless cars - had no idea they were being actively tested. His questioning of medical advances was particularly interesting. "

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