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An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do about It

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An Inconvenient Truth—Gore's groundbreaking, battle cry of a follow-up to the bestselling Earth in the Balance—is being published to tie in with a documentary film of the same name. Both the book and film were inspired by a series of multimedia presentations on global warming that Gore created and delivers to groups around the world. With this book, Gore, who is one of our ...more
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Published May 1st 2006 by Turtleback Books (first published 2006)
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Oct 16, 2007 marked it as books-ill-never-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: rich people that want to feel good
Shelves: nonfiction
I really wish I hadn't used the F word so much last week so I could say, "I can't F-ing believe this" and it would have some umpf to it!
When i see this book i imagine someone grabbing it off the shelf at Borders, paying for it, slipping it into a corn bi-product plastic bag, heading out to their car with it happily swinging from their arm as their free hand cracks open another water bottle.
ugh! ugh! ugh! on the same day Gore was announced to receive is big woopin-to-do award i read an article i
Riku Sayuj

The Importance of being Inconvenient

A good test of truth is to see if an idea/opinion/economic suggestion is an "Inconvenient Truth", especially if it is inconvenient for the speaker.

If it is not, chances are that the expounder is just playing to his own and his audience's biases.

"Because economic and social phenomena are so forbidding, or at least so seem, and because they yield few hard tests of what exists and what does not, they afford to the individual a luxury not given by physical phenom
Jun 18, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the illiterate.
Shelves: picturebooks
I've just finished reading Al Gore's book on climate change, and I have to say that I was not particularly impressed. I hadn't expected a great piece of literature, and I wasn't wrong. But I'm not going to pick holes Gore's turgid prose style (though I do wonder if the text was even looked at by an editor). My problem is with Gore's representation of the scientific data on global warming.

It's clear that the temperature of the earth has been increasing in recent decades. And it's also clear that
Sep 08, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
UGH! Not much more to say. If you like situation ethics, flawed logic and reading, and quasi-science... this is your read....
Feb 27, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
...I don't even know what to say about this except...Al Gore owns a jet...
Jan 21, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Absolutely nobody.
Recommended to Jared by: My liberal-weenie friends
Gore does a fantastic job at coming in so far beyond what even the closest UN, private industry, and government studies do that one must laughingly dismiss his arguments almost outright. Take for example his argument on CFL (compact fluorescent lightbulbs) and how much polution can be saved. Australia has just completed a law that mandates all citizens and businesses must have CFL's installed by 2010. This law is supposed to save Australia some 800,000 cubic tons of CO2 over the next several yea ...more
Kerry Johanson
Jan 09, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My first degree was in science and I continue to have an abiding interest in it. I regularly read articles and books related to the sciences. My biggest problem with this book is that the "science" is embarassingly absent. Subtracting politics and just looking at the so-called science this book bases its premises on have been found to be either meritless or skewed.
I soldily believe we DO need to care for this planet but please lets base our discussions on facts, not computer models that aren't
Sep 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Human Beings
I enjoyed reading Mr. Gore's slide show about global warming, the causes, and seeing the before and after pictures of various parts of the world was truly amazing. I would like to have seen a month with the years that the pictures were taken, though. I thought the information was presented in a clear, concise manner. I learned a lot more about global warming. The presentation clearly shows "we" have a problem and if "we" don't wake up real quick and do something about the planet "we" will be lea ...more
Jul 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who is not a prisoner to there political beliefs
Recommended to +Chaz by: A book store.
Al Gore is perhaps the best know American politicians that people still respect around the world. What he said and wrote in 1992 is not only proven today but we find that he underestimated the severity of the affects on this world. In this new book he demonstrates using the most simplistic method of cause and effect that it is used today in 5th and 6 grade classrooms. He clearly demonstrates that the only time that our earth has seen this kind of die-off we are experiencing today was 65 million ...more
Feb 29, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I learned that Al Gore did too many drugs in the '60s. The junk science in this book doesn't even begin to explain the B.S. and outright lies in this book, and the movie. I think Al Gore should have stuck to inventing the internet. This will go down in history as one of the biggest hoaxes foisted upon mankind. The only problem is, mankind is to lazy to make him prove it.
Mohammed Bantan
Jul 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I started reading this book, I had no solid background of the subject of global warming. Some how, after I finished reading it, I wished I never read it at all. Before I knew anything about global warming, I was in a state of denial of the damage the human population is making towards the big planet we live in. At first, I didn’t find it logical that human wastes could negatively impact such a big planet. However, this book taught me my obligations towards the environment that I am living ...more
Nov 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Fantastic book. I haven't seen the film yet, but I loved the book.

Gore does a wonderful job of presenting the data beside interesting diagrams which really help illustrate his point. Whether you believe global warming is a problem or not, you'll probably find this book interesting.

Towards the end, is a list of things each person can do to help limit their carbon footprint. Simple things like changing lightbulbs to CFL's can significantly reduce the amount of pollution. Or, turning your thormost
Books Ring Mah Bell
so is global warming a hoax? is it just a natural fluctation of the Earth's climate? hmmm. Food for thought. Here's my take. If you lock yourself in a garage with a running vehicle, you die. It's ignorant to think we are not creating health problems (asthma, cancers, autism) and environmental issues (3 headed frogs and "confused" bees) with pollution. It's ignorant to politicize the whole thing instead of working together, making things better for everyone. That's all from your tree loving, otte ...more
Apr 05, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I believe that climate change is occurring, and it's likely that industrial age human activities have played some part in that process. However, I didn't like the book. Supporting data was omitted, cause and effect relationships not well developed and supported, scientific data poorly presented, e.g. axis labels and units missing from graphics... Me hace la barfa. No publishing company would have touched this if Al Gore hadn't been the author.
Mar 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: info-bios
This is an adaptation of An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It, and is written for "a new generation." This book gives information on global warming, including what it is and what is causing it, proof of global warming for skeptics, implications of global warming (including climate change, major storms, shrinking land size, the effect on animals, spread of disease), the effect of technology on the environment, and concrete examples of what y ...more
Mar 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I don't consider myself ultra liberal, I do like to consider myself fairly eco-conscious and someone who is trying to watch the environment. I was fairly surprised to know that there are a good number of people who believe that global warming is just a myth. This book is more a series of charts, graphs and visuals that show the effects that have been taking place on the earth over periods of time. Obviously, the message of the book is a bit skewed to one side, (I think there was a point wh ...more
Oct 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science

In theory, I love this book. I must admit though that both times I've seen the movie I fell asleep halfway through.

I think it was just a coincidence (jetlag), but all the same. Anyway, I didn't feel sleepy when I read Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air.
Lara Torgesen
Feb 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a point/counterpoint essay I wrote on global warming for my energy & the environment class:

I read the Inconvenient Truth and watched the documentary when they first came out a few years ago, and I have been very concerned about climate change since then. I’ve calculated my carbon footprint and taken steps to reduce and I encourage others to do the same. At first glance, I thought that this assignment might be similar to the evolution vs. creationism/intelligent design debates. On the
Joe Cee
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Makes me realize that global warming is a serious topic.
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore is an incredibly interesting and relevant book that describes the causes of global warming and its impact on the natural and developed world. Even though the book might have partially been written to persuade readers that global warming does exist, it's full of great information that helps the reader make connections between the many causes and effects of climate change. The information included in it is all written in simple language, and the many colorful and u ...more
May 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Viraj by: Dr. Ashok Gadgil
Shelves: science-etc
The book is easy to read and gives a good insight in to the often overlooked problem of environmental impact human beings make. It would have been better to see some citations instead of some vague sentences such as “scientists agree” etc. The link made between before and after the human impact at multiple cites could have been better illustrated if the month when the picture(s) were taken also mentioned along with the year.
Anyway, the problem of global warming or manmade impact on the environm
Rebecca McNutt
I don't believe in man-made climate change myself, but that's beside the point. Whether global warming is real or otherwise, whether we're all going to drown in the Great Flood because we burned coal or whether we're all perfectly fine, Al Gore is a complete hypocrite who hardly follows his own advice that he preaches at others. While he sits in his enormous heated house and pool, rides his polluting jet plane around and drinks fancy bottled water, he expects the whole world to just be able to a ...more
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did not expect to like this book very much. I had heard all the bad press about Gore being preachy and hypocritical and just plain wrong. Well, I actually liked his tone. I enjoyed the short personal vignettes that came sparingly with the material from his famous "slide show." I believe that he loves the earth and that he did his best in trying to do his part to make the world a better place. He took a lot of heat for doing so. I didn't find him preachy. I found his material human and relatabl ...more
Jun 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sophomore-3
i really dont know if the book came b4 the movie or vice versa. all i know is that everything al gore said on screen was similar if not little compared to the book. though the movie was much more louder because of the animations, the book was good too becase it had the stuff that al gore might have went through too fast, or i dint catch a lot of stuff.

however, running through this book actually made me think about things again. because the first time i heard it, i was like yeah i know this, and
Nov 25, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mindless idiots who need to feel good about their pathetic lives
Recommended to Dan by: nobody
I'm sorry I had to give this a one star. It is a dis-service to all other one star books. A book that is supposed to be "factual" should actually contain real facts and not just "green" propaganda. It gets hotter, it gets colder. They are called Seasons. If you haven't paid any attention, plants use CO2 to grow. The more CO2 is in the air, the more plants grow to use what is available. It's a basic supply and demand system. Which is why Al would never understand. Socialists don't get the free ma ...more
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I am currently going to school for environmental science; therefore, I try and read as much as possible on global warming and on the environment in general. This book though was a complete waste of my time. It took me only a few hours to get through, as it reads like a middle-school child's book ; however, in that time, I learned that "cities are getting bigger" and "glaciers are melting", all from huge one-liners that take up an entire page. No way right? So unless you are living under a rock, ...more
Dey Martin
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since when I read this I had only a basic knowledge of the entirety of global warming, it was an eye opener for me. Obviously not meant to be a literary masterpiece. So I was the target audience and it revved me up and got me angry and involved. Thanks Mr V.P.
Alexander Segatta
Some helpful information. Now somewhat outdated. Message reamins
Amy C.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Former vice president Al Gore compiles an efficacious delineation on the global warming crisis.
The staunch environmentalist's ideal coffee table book, "An Inconvenient Truth" presents readers with the outspoken truth regarding the diminishing state of our marvelous planet's environment as well as the imminent actions that should be taken in order to mitigate the consequences that may arise if proper steps aren't taken to ensure Earth's safety in the years to come.
With various sentimental rememb
Feb 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Turning a powerpoint presentation into a half-way interesting book is no easy task, particularly for politicians who'd much rather yap us to death than put it all in writing. However, Al Gore managed to do just that in the wake of a lost presidential campaign, and I think the world is better for it. This quick read is rife with visual aides, somewhat topical anecdotes, and easily digestible information that is suitable for audiences ranging from environmental novices, scientific experts, and glo ...more
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Albert Arnold "Al" Gore, Jr. was the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton. Gore also served in the U. S. House of Representatives (1977–85) and the U. S. Senate (1985–93), representing Tennessee. Gore was the Democratic nominee for president in the 2000 election, ultimately losing to the Republican candidate George W. Bush in spite ...more
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