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The Assault on Reason: How the Politics of Fear, Secrecy, and Blind Faith Subvert Wise Decision Making, Degrade Our Democracy, and Put Our Country and Our World in Peril

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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.

At the time George W. Bush ordered American forces to invade Iraq, 70 percent of Americans believed Saddam Hussein was linked to 9/11. Voters in Ohio, when asked by pollsters to list what stuck in their minds about the campaign, most frequently named two Bush television ads that played to fears of terrorism.

We live in an age when the thirty-second television spot is the most powerful force shaping the electorate's thinking, and America is in the hands of an administration less interested than any previous administration in sharing the truth with the citizenry. Related to this and of even greater concern is this administration's disinterest in the process by which the truth is ascertained, the tenets of fact-based reasoning-first among them an embrace of open inquiry in which unexpected and even inconvenient facts can lead to unexpected conclusions.

How did we get here? How much damage has been done to the functioning of our democracy and its role as steward of our security? Never has there been a worse time for us to lose the capacity to face the reality of our long-term challenges, from national security to the economy, from issues of health and social welfare to the environment. 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. Drawing on a life's work in politics as well as on the work of experts across a broad range of disciplines, Al Gore has written a farsighted and powerful manifesto for clear thinking.

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"Al Gore possesses a skill that no other American politician can match — or would want to. He has a consistent ability to express fundamentally reasonable sentiments — often important ones — in ways that annoy the maximum possible number of people.

In the seven years since his narrow failure to become president, Gore has been an active and admirable public servant. He has explored... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"[F]or all its sharply voiced opinions, The Assault on Reason turns out to be less a partisan, election-cycle harangue than a fiercely argued brief about the current Bush White House that is grounded in copiously footnoted citations from newspaper articles, Congressional testimony and commission reports." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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"Gore's professorial style...elicits a different response today than it did seven years ago....At a time when we are learning that political responses tend to be more emotional than rational, as he surely understands, his stubborn faith that we will someday return to reason is touching." Joe Conason, Los Angeles Times

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"[T]his isn't a campaign book....It's a deep public remonstrance, inspired a little by Tom Paine's Common Sense....Gore is no Paine, but he argues persuasively that Bush's tenure is no longer a constitutional presidency." Boston Globe

Synopsis:

The former vice president presents a visionary analysis of how the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith of the Bush-led radical Right has combined with the degradation of the public sphere to create an environment dangerously hostile to reason.

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A #1 New York Times bestseller: A visionary analysis of the degradation of our public sphere and its consequences for our democracy

Nobel Peace Prize winner, bestselling author, activist, and political icon, Al Gore has become one of the most respected and influential public intellectuals in America today. The Assault on Reason takes an unprecedented look at how faith in the power of reason?the idea that citizens can govern themselves through rational debate?is now under assault. The marketplace of ideas, once open to everyone through the printed word, has been corrupted by the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith. By leading us to an understanding of what we can do to restore the rule of reason, Gore has written a farsighted and powerful manifesto for clear thinking.

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An indictment of the Bush-led radical Right's disdain for the principles of reasoned decision-making, and a reckoning with the degradation of the public sphere that facilitates their rule of unreason.

About the Author

Former Vice President Al Gore is chairman of Current TV, an independently owned cable and satellite television nonfiction network for young people based on viewer-created content and citizen journalism. He also serves as chairman of Generation Investment Management, a firm that is focused on a new approach to sustainable investing. Gore is a member of the Board of Directors of Apple Computer, Inc., and a senior advisor to Google, Inc. Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976 and the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the 45th vice president of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years. He is the author of the 2006 bestseller An Inconvenient Truth. Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, live in Nashville, Tennessee. They have four children and two grandchildren.

Table of Contents

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 Well-Connected Citizenry

Conclusion. The Rebirth of Democracy

Acknowledgments

Notes

Index

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t.magnuson, October 28, 2008 (view all comments by t.magnuson)
The saddest part of it is how blatantly 'handled' the mouthpieces of the machine are. Where are the great statesmen of Old? Ted Magnuson, author, Those Self Evident Truths, from Runnymede to Gettysburg.
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Gorebewakoofhain, May 12, 2008 (view all comments by Gorebewakoofhain)
Look no further than the 2008 Presidential Elections. It is pure , unalloyed blind faith that underpins everything .

Millions ,on both sides of the aisle , have willingly ,nay cheerfully ,abandoned their right to make informed judgments based on common sense and reason . And are more than willing to be led en masse by their noses.

Gore vastly understates the case . It's gone far beyond being a mere "Assault on Reason" . In fact ,Reason stands totally Pulverized.
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Effie, June 28, 2007 (view all comments by Effie)
And to think this man who wrote this book could have (and should have been) our President, instead of the man who now sits making bad decisions in the Oval Office...what else remains to be said?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594201226
Author:
Gore, Al
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Gore, Albert, Jr.
Author:
Gore, Albert, Jr.
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Democracy
Subject:
Fear
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Government - National
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Political culture -- United States.
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20080429
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.51x6.41x1.10 in. 1.29 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Review" by , "[F]or all its sharply voiced opinions, The Assault on Reason turns out to be less a partisan, election-cycle harangue than a fiercely argued brief about the current Bush White House that is grounded in copiously footnoted citations from newspaper articles, Congressional testimony and commission reports."
"Review" by , "Gore's professorial style...elicits a different response today than it did seven years ago....At a time when we are learning that political responses tend to be more emotional than rational, as he surely understands, his stubborn faith that we will someday return to reason is touching."
"Review" by , "[T]his isn't a campaign book....It's a deep public remonstrance, inspired a little by Tom Paine's Common Sense....Gore is no Paine, but he argues persuasively that Bush's tenure is no longer a constitutional presidency."
"Synopsis" by , The former vice president presents a visionary analysis of how the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith of the Bush-led radical Right has combined with the degradation of the public sphere to create an environment dangerously hostile to reason.
"Synopsis" by ,
A #1 New York Times bestseller: A visionary analysis of the degradation of our public sphere and its consequences for our democracy

Nobel Peace Prize winner, bestselling author, activist, and political icon, Al Gore has become one of the most respected and influential public intellectuals in America today. The Assault on Reason takes an unprecedented look at how faith in the power of reason?the idea that citizens can govern themselves through rational debate?is now under assault. The marketplace of ideas, once open to everyone through the printed word, has been corrupted by the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith. By leading us to an understanding of what we can do to restore the rule of reason, Gore has written a farsighted and powerful manifesto for clear thinking.

"Synopsis" by ,
An indictment of the Bush-led radical Right's disdain for the principles of reasoned decision-making, and a reckoning with the degradation of the public sphere that facilitates their rule of unreason.

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