The Assault on Reason: How the Politics of Blind Faith Subvert Wise Decision-making

The Assault on Reason: How the Politics of Blind Faith Subvert Wise Decision-making

by Al Gore (Author)


At the time George W. Bush ordered forces to invade Iraq, 70 per cent of Americans believed Saddam Hussein was linked to 9/11. 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. How did the US get here? And how much damage has been done to the functioning of democracy? Never has there been a worse time to lose the capacity to face long-term challenges, from national security to the economy, from issues of health and social welfare to the environment. As Al Gore's farsighted and powerful manifesto for clear thinking shows, there is precious little time to waste.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Edition: First Printing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Published: 05 May 2008

ISBN 10: 0747593345
ISBN 13: 9780747593348
Book Overview: Nobel peace prize winning author will receive even more publicity during the run-up to the US elections. This will be supported by national press advertising. An Inconvenient Truth has sold over 23,000 paperbacks in the UK (BookScan) and over 600,000 worldwide. The film of An Inconvenient Truth has been acclaimed worldwide and is one of the top three most successful documentaries ever released.

Media Reviews
'Powerful ... His writing represents a decency and an intelligence in American political thought that has been missing in recent years' Nick Rennison, Sunday 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 '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
Author Bio
Former Vice President Al Gore is chairman of Current TV, an independently owned cable and satellite television non-fiction 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, 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. In 2007, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He is the author of the bestsellers Earth in the Balance and An Inconvenient Truth. He and his wife, Tipper, live in Nashville, Tennessee. They have four children and three grandchildren.