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The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change

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Publisher Comments:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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 U.S.-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.

Advance praise for The Future

 

“This is a great book. From political policy and economics to science and the most thorny ethical issues, Al Gore has stated the human condition and the issues we face forthrightly, fearlessly, and in easily understood language—and has said what must be done. I asked myself halfway through who else could have written a book of this magnitude. The only answer I could imagine was Jefferson.”—E. O. Wilson, Harvard University, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize

From the Hardcover edition.

Review:

"With the former vice president's popularity at an all-time high following the success of An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore returns with a new look at how the world is changing before our eyes and where we're headed in the future. Although the book proves both interesting and informative, the performance leaves much to be desired. True to his stiff reputation, Gore's narration is dry and monotone. His reading lacks the eloquence and confidence of a professional narrator — he reads the entire audiobook without the slightest variation. Unfortunately, this fascinating and important book isn't done justice by this audio edition. A Random House hardcover." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Former vice president Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is also 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 chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit devoted to solving the climate crisis. Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives four times and the U.S. Senate twice. He served eight years as vice president. He authored the bestsellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, and Our Choice. He is a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780449015469
Author:
Gore, Albert Jr
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Author:
Gore, Al
Author:
Gore, Albert, Jr.
Subject:
BUSINESS STRATEGY
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
environment;politics;globalization;economics;climate change
Edition Description:
Fifteen CD
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.8 x 5.06 x 1.62 in 0.88 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "With the former vice president's popularity at an all-time high following the success of An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore returns with a new look at how the world is changing before our eyes and where we're headed in the future. Although the book proves both interesting and informative, the performance leaves much to be desired. True to his stiff reputation, Gore's narration is dry and monotone. His reading lacks the eloquence and confidence of a professional narrator — he reads the entire audiobook without the slightest variation. Unfortunately, this fascinating and important book isn't done justice by this audio edition. A Random House hardcover." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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