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Now with a New Preface and Conclusion: “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.
About the Author
Al Gore was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1976 and the US Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the 45th vice president of the United States on 20 January 1993 and served eight years. He is chairman of Generation Investment Management, a London-based firm that is focused on a new approach to Sustainable Investing. He also serves as chairman of Current, an independently owned cable and satellite television network for young people based on viewer-created content and citizen journalism. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Apple Computer, Inc., a senior advisor to Google, Inc., and a visiting professor at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
"Powerful... His writing represents a decency and an intelligence in American political thought that has been missing in recent years." - Nick Rennison, Sunday Times
"Part civics lesson, part political jeremiad, part philosophical tract, The Assault on Reason reveals an angry, impassioned Al Gore... This book shows a fiery, throw-caution-to-the winds Al Gore, who has decided to lay it all on the line with a blistering assessment of the Bush administration and the state of public discourse in America." - New York Times
"He provides in this book one of the most comprehensive indictments of the Bush administration that has ever appeared in print." - LA Times
"A lucid, passionately argued book... Through drawing upon his life in politics and the expertise of skilled practitioners across a broad range of disciplines, his clear-thinking, visionary book packs a powerful punch." - Good Book Guide
"As scathing as it is meticulous." - Publisher's Weekly
1. The Politics of Fear
2. Blinding the Faithful
3. The Politics of Wealth
4. Convenient Untruths
5. The Assault on the Individual
6. National Insecurity
7. The Carbon Crisis
8. Democracy in the Balance
9. A Well-Connected Citizenry
Conclusion: The Rebirth of Democracy
Conclusion to the 2017 Edition: Post Truth: On Donald Trump and the 2016 Election
ISBN: 9781408891964 ISBN-10: 1408891964 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 352 Published: 1st July 2017 Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 13.0
Weight (kg): 0.25