The Future by Al Gore
Six Drivers of Global Change

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11 Critic Reviews

...a tour de force that no government can afford to ignore.
-Guardian

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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.

Praise for The Future
 
“Magisterial . . . The passion is unmistakable. So is the knowledge. Practically every page offers an illumination.”—Bloomberg
 
“In The Future . . . Gore takes on a subject whose scale matches that of his achievements and ambition.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“Historically grounded . . . Gore’s strengths lie in his passion for the subject and in his ability to take the long view by putting current events and trends in historical context.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Provocative, smart, densely argued . . . a tour de force of Big Picture thinking.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
“A luminously intelligent analysis that is packed with arresting ideas and facts.”—The Guardian
 

About Al Gore

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Al Gore is the cofounder and chairman of Current TV, an Emmy Award-winning, independently owned cable and satellite television news and information network for young people based on viewer-created content, citizen journalism, and investigative reporting. He is also cofounder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, a firm focused on a new approach to sustainable investing. Gore is a partner with the venture capial firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a member of the Board of Directors of Apple, and a senior advisor to Google. He is a visiting professor at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and chairs a nonprofit organization designed to help solve the climate crisis-the Alliance for Climate Protection-to which he is donating 100 percent of his earnings from this book.  Gore was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976 and then to 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 for eight years. He is the author of the bestsellers Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit, An Inconvenient Truth, and The Assault on Reason and was featured in an Academy Award-winning documentary. He was a corecipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.  Al Gore lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He and his wife, Tipper, have four children and three grandchildren.
 
Published January 29, 2013 by Random House. 592 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Science & Math, Business & Economics, History, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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All: 11 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

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on Jan 01 2013

Provocative, smart, densely argued—and deserving of a wide audience and wider discussion.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by MICHAEL LIND on Feb 08 2013

...even the most skeptical realist must concede Gore’s point that there have been “many examples” of an international consensus advancing human rights...

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Jan 23 2013

Mr. Gore is most convincing in “The Future” when he refrains from editorializing and sticks to analyzing how changes in technology, our political climate and the environment are going to affect the world, often creating domino or cascadelike effects.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by John Gray on Jan 31 2013

...a tour de force that no government can afford to ignore.

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Publishers Weekly

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on Feb 18 2013

Gore's strengths lie in his passion for the subject and in his ability to take the long view by putting current events and trends in historical context...

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WSJ online

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Reviewed by GLENN HARLAN REYNOLDS on Jan 29 2013

His narrow focus—on capitalism and private depredations—doesn't rob Mr. Gore's book of usefulness, but it does say something about the worldview that produced it.

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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by Alanna Mitchell on Mar 01 2013

Perhaps readers will forgive the ambiguity. Whatever his agenda, the book is a serious piece of scholarship laid out with chilly precision in six dense essays that build to a cogent, absorbing and frightening picture...

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The Columbus Dispatch

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Reviewed by Margaret Quamme on Jan 27 2013

It would benefit from both a more distinctive voice and a sharper message.

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Tulsa World

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Reviewed by Craig Seligman on Feb 03 2013

He's earnest and kind of dull. So is his book.

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Seeking Alpha

Excellent
Reviewed by Hazel Henderson on Feb 08 2013

Al Gore's influence in global finance and politics will continue to grow along with his stature as a statesman/futurist. Thus, for these reasons as well as its brilliant analysis, market players and business leaders will need to read The Future.

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Helium

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Reviewed by Tucker Lieberman on Feb 05 2013

While the book is a rich trove of facts and statistics, it is also a complex and nuanced work of philosophy.

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