The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change
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 c...more
The far-right's criticism of Mr. Gore is a...more
Gore delves into topics such as the globalization of economics, the linking o...more
This is a good ol', all-American data assault. With enough bibliography and endnotes to make a university press editor proud, Mr. Gore bludgeons the reader with fact after fact. Within the rapid-fire prose is a chilling picture of our c...more
Proofreading one's work is a near impossible chore as one tends to fall in lover with their own prose. Gore leaves us with sentences the length of a paragraph and paragraphs the length of a page. Coupled with awkward phrasing, a reader is left...more
It is unfortunate that Al Gore is still a polarizing figure in American society, because his tour de force, The Future, deserves a wide reading by thoughtful individuals of all political persuasions. The premise, that "no prior period of change remotely resembles what humanity is about to experience", is unassailable. Although the massive collection of supporting material would be hard to come by any other way, any given item can be readily confirmed independently. All information is public. The...more
As an Australian with little knowledge or understanding of US politics I was particularly staggered at the state of democracy in America, although I can see worrying parallels here. The chapters on communication, gene technology and climate change exposed important and urgent...more
The book is data-driven and based on facts, research and reporting, not speculation, scaremongering or wild blue-sky thinking. Each chapter is packed with detail, and rather than synopsise each, instead I list the key takeaways from the 6 chapters :
1) The robosourcing / outsourcing characteristic of the increasingly i...more
If only I had confidence that we could be convinced to act as he suggests.
mention Steve jobs/Malcolm Gladwell/Clay Shirky/Khan Academy-Coursera/edX/Udacity/ClaytonChristenson/Twitter/"Savant" Tim O'Reilly/Netflix/Amazon/3-D Printers/DIY/MakerFaire/X Prizes/algorithms/quote a philosopher - nietzsche plato descartes.
i read. a lot. i bet i've read 10 books in the last year with all these familiar themes. steven johnson, Tinkerers, Abundance, Citizenville, Makers. i read...more
So I'm going to try to slog through this door-stop of a book. Wish me luck.
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Well, that went poorly. Far too much of what I really already knew to keep my interest. Gore's got a tough problem — he's a pretty polarized figure these days, and so a large portion of his natural audience will be people t...more
Why not 5 stars? 3 reasons, really:
- I found the conclusions on the big global issues a bit half-hearted, a bit too tentative considering what has gone before in the book
- He likes to start...more
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