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by Albert Gore

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ISBN:
1594132828
Author:
Albert Gore
Category:
Leaders & Notable People
Language:
English
Publisher:
Large Print Pr (April 29, 2008)
Pages:
537 pages
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1271 kb
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Rating:
4.1
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The Assault on Reason is a 2007 book by Al Gore which brands conservatives as "enemies of justice and truth" engaged in a "systematic attack on the role of reasoned debate in policy and public life" in America

The Assault on Reason is a 2007 book by Al Gore which brands conservatives as "enemies of justice and truth" engaged in a "systematic attack on the role of reasoned debate in policy and public life" in America. In the book, the former . Vice President heavily criticizes the George W. Bush administration for its actions in furthering the "assault on reason". He argues that there is a trend in .

His new book, called The Assault on Reason, reads much like a legal brief - an indictment, really - on current policymaking. Gore takes a harsh look at the media's fascination with flash over substance and a lack of courage among politicians of both parties. Most of all, The Assault on Reason is an assault on President Bush's use of power and his handling of the war. The White House has taken strong issue with Gore's book, both its substance and analysis

The Assault on Reason book. Gore argues that the US depends strongly on respect for reasoned debate, carried out through the written word. That's how it all got started.

The Assault on Reason book. But since TV became the dominant medium, most people have stopped reading.

As The Assault on Reason shows us, we have precious little time to waste. Gore's larger goal in this book is to explain how the public sphere itself has evolved into a place hospitable to reason's enemies, to make us more aware of the forces at work on our own minds, and to lead us to an understanding of what we can do, individually and collectively, to restore the rule of reason and safeguard our future. A visionary analysis of how the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith has combined with the degration of the public sphere to create an environment dangerously hostile to reason.

The assault on reason. by. Gore, Albert, 1948-. Gore aims to make us more aware of the forces at work on our own minds, and to lead us to an understanding of what we can do to safeguard our future. From publisher description. The politics of fear - Blinding the faithful - The politics of wealth - Convenient untruths - The assault on the individual - National insecurity - The carbon crisis - Democracy in the balance - A well-connected citizenry - The rebirth of democracy. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

Eric K. Shinseki’s pre-invasion recommendation that several hundred thousand troops would be needed for a successful occupation of Iraq was similarly dismissed. Rather than engaging in a reasoned debate on the question, Mr. Gore writes, administration members undercut Shinseki for disagreeing with their preconceived notion - even though he was an expert, and they were not.

The Assault on Reason reestablishes Gore as America’s premier besserwisser and moral scold: the politician who both warns that we are scaring people to death and argues that Manhattan will soon be submerged beneath the Atlantic.

This is one of the most outstanding non-fiction books I have read in many years. The author exhibits his knowledge of history, our government and the constitution. He delves into the corruption of power. He explains how fear, secrecy and blind faith is used to mislead the public with explicit examples of how this occurred during the Bush Administration. What can the public do to counter the wave of misinformation is of special interest? It is evident that. As Al Gore's farsighted and powerful manifesto for clear thinking shows, there is precious little time to waste. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate. When asked to list what stuck in their minds about the campaign, voters most frequently named two Bush TV ads that played to fears of terrorism.

An analysis of the Bush administration's policy of secrecy and misinformation which has compromised America's capacity for solving long-term challenges, from national security and the environment to health care and economic stability.
  • Gardagar
Review: The Assault on Reason by Al Gore

This is one of the most outstanding non-fiction books I have read in many years. It is a book that should be available in school libraries and perhaps even as a required reading.

The author exhibits his knowledge of history, our government and the constitution. He delves into the corruption of power. He explains how fear, secrecy and blind faith is used to mislead the public with explicit examples of how this occurred during the Bush Administration. What can the public do to counter the wave of misinformation is of special interest? It is evident that two-way communication has been lost and must be restored. This book is not about the author, but about the republic and what can be done to preserve the institution created by our founding fathers. If you want to be informed about our government, this is a book of enlightenment.
  • Conjukus
An insult to all who have been born more than once, who believe that government should be shrunk until it can be drowned in the bathtub, who think that "a well-regulated militia" includes the right to carry a gun in a campus bar, that atmosphere and oceans are dumping grounds of infinite capacity, that believe that Mitt Romney should pay only 13% on a $22 million income because he is a "job creator" - in China. And if you still believe that tax cuts for the top .1% will "trickle down" to those 75-year-old marchers carrying signs "Get The Government out of My Social Security!" well, then you'll find this book really offensive.
  • ndup
I had to read this book for a graduate course on applied decision theory but once I got into it I found it incredibly interesting. We all know Al Gore as the harbinger of climate change and former vice president but his treatise on the loss of reason in our country was poignant and perhaps speaks to some of how we got our current president.
  • Nikohn
Economic interests are now the only basis for the information we are subjected to in TV, internet, & newspapers. Democracy requires facts, and active participation of clear thinking people. Gore rightly proposes that our country is so engrossed in economic success that at present It is distorting and perhaps destroying our democracy.
  • Winenama
Gore was way too optimistic in his prediction about how the Internet will help revive critical thinking among young people. Other than that, everything he said seems to be correct. Yet this is a major flaw.

Al Gore believes the Internet will help to create the informed citizenry upon which restoration of our democracy depends. This might be happening but at the same time we have to acknowledge the decimation of the foreign press corps due to the Internet medium that provides so much free content. Newspaper companies have fallen on hard times and have had to dramatically cut back the journalism staffs. News suffers.

Also, the Internet didn't stop things from happening that one might hope a well informed citizenry could prevent. It didn't stop the War in Iraq or the Global Financial Crisis. The Internet is an incredibly powerful medium that is changing our lives, particularly with regard to how we shop for things and buy them. I hope Gore is correct on its other potentials.

We've suffered many things in a short period of time that might propel an "intellectual awakening" in our country. The tragedies of late are economic and a loss of influence and prestige in the world. This has probably made people more introspective generally. We certainly need to stop the general decline of education, a long-term phenomenon. Gore believes the Internet will play a key role.

Al Gore is at his best explaining how television played a major role in this decline. I have in fact removed television from my home although I watch selected DVDs. It's not healthy to log in too many hours a day. TV's messages, repeated enough times, will sink in and influence even the most resistant eventually. Gore is also magnificent in explaining the role of faith, which can be very positive, using the analogy of rock-paper-scissors to reason-fear-faith.

Another area where Gore deserves recognition is in his understanding of President Bush. Bush has been an enigma to almost everybody, but apparently not to Vice-President Gore. People have debated endlessly whether Bush is smart or stupid, religious or not, patriotic or not, drunk or not, and so on. To my knowledge, not many authors have written a book showing a good understanding of this very difficult-to-read man (Bush). This book provides good insight into George W. Bush.

The Assault on Reason is a large, comprehensive project. It tells us that reason can take a step backward. We see some of this entropy in the workings of government. Some of the checks and balances built into government have been rendered ineffective over time, according to this book. A longer review would still not touch all the subjects gracefully covered. I hope more people will read this book. It's a unique contribution to American literature.
  • Mullador
Al Gore's latest book is urgent and important but suffers a bit from wonkiness. As an editor, I would have cut the text by a third or more. To top that off, there are at least two total non sequiturs that any reasonable editor should have repaired. It is enough of a slog that I'm afraid many readers won't make it to the final two chapters in which Gore makes his case that we might be able to salvage democracy in the United States through the use of interactive media and a resurgence of citizen participation. This is not to disparage Gore's damning case against the abuse of power by George W. Bush & Company which comprises most of the book, but only to suggest that it is overlong. I kept thinking, "You already said that." All told it is as convincing a case for impeachment as I have read (though Gore doesn't suggest that himself) and ought to form the basis for a war crimes trial of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and their cronies. Oh, how this makes me wish, for the thousandth time, that Gore had put up more of a fight in Florida in 2000. He so clearly has the depth of knowledge, the understanding of history, the experience and the heart that are all profoundly lacking in the former Texas governor who usurped the White House by hook and by crook. As the author so gently chides at one point, "The fact that this administration can't manage its own way out of a horse show doesn't mean that all government programs should be abolished."