The Assault on Reason: Our Information Ecosystem, from the Age of Print to the Age of Trump, 2017 Edition

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Penguin, May 22, 2007 - Political Science - 352 pages
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Now With a New Preface and Final Chapter: “Post-Truth: On Donald Trump and the 2016 Election”   
 
What has happened to our country and how can we fix it?
 
We are in the midst of a deepening crisis for our democracy. After the strangest election cycle in modern American history it is important that we address the grave threats to our way of life that were glaringly revealed in this campaign. In The Assault on Reason, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Vice President Al Gore examines how faith in the power of reason—the idea that citizens can govern themselves through rational debate—is in peril. Our democracy depends on a well-informed citizenry and a two-way conversation about ideas, but our public sphere has been degraded by fake news and the politics of fear, partisanship, and blind faith. Now updated to investigate the rise of Trump and post-truth politics, The Assault on Reason is a call to rebuild the vitality of American democracy by restoring the nation’s information ecosystem so that we can start making good decisions again.
 

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

I was never enthusiastic about Al Gore's run for the president, but this book is a must read for everyone who is concerned about the dominance of wealth in determining who gets elected and what ... Read full review

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User Review  - addunn3 - LibraryThing

Mr. Gore discusses problems with the way government handles truth and communications and how democracy is affected. Pins his hopes on the internet. It seems that the same points are made over and over again. A bit of a ramble. Read full review

Contents

Praise for The Assault on Reason
INTRODUCTION
ONE The Politics of Fear
TWO Blinding the Faithful
THREE The Politics of Wealth
FOUR Convenient Untruths
FIVE The Assault on the Individual
SIX National Insecurity
SEVEN The Carbon Crisis
EIGHT Democracy in the Balance
NINE A WellConnected Citizenry
On Donald Trump
Acknowledgments
Index
Copyright

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Former Vice President Al Gore is the cofounder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is 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 the chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit 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. He is the author of the bestsellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, and, most recently, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. He is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary and is the corecipient, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for “informing the worldof the dangers posed by climate change.” Former Vice President Gore wasborn on March 31, 1948, and resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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