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9 Overall

9 Applicability

9 Innovation

7 Style

Recommendation

Some people might be satisfied with two terms as US vice president, a Nobel Peace Prize, an Academy Award for the climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth and a Grammy for the spoken-word version of the book of the same title. Not Al Gore. He has more work to do in service of the cause that means so much to him: the fate of the planet. In this paradigm-changing bestseller, Gore describes six drivers of how the world will change in the coming future. Those six cover pretty much everything: 1) Globalization; 2) technological shifts in war, commerce and the environment; 3) corporations’ potential to rival or surpass nations in economic and political power; 4) unsustainable flawed economic growth; 5) revolutions in “genomic, biotechnology, neuroscience and life sciences” changing fields from agriculture to medicine; and 6) the break in humanity’s connection with the Earth. The Future is an omnibus – a guide to how almost every aspect of life on Earth will change in the coming era of commodity shortages, natural resource depletion and global climate change. It can serve as an effective textbook or policy manual. It’s the perfect volume to keep by your bed and read a little of at a time. Best of all, The Future is authoritative – objective, well researched and written in simple prose. Gore’s compendium will prove helpful and reliable for years to come.

About the Author

Former two-term US vice president Al Gore wrote What We Can Do, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, and the bestseller An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming. He won an Academy Award for the documentary of An Inconvenient Truth.

 

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