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An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do about It Audio CD – Audiobook, 13 May 2008

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (13 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743572025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743572026
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 918,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A user-friendly introduction to global warming... lucid, harrowing and bluntly effective' Michiko Kakutani, NEW YORK TIMES '...this frightening, galvanizing book will convince plenty of readers that Earth genuinely does hang in the balance...' Warren Bass, WASHINGTON POST 'Gore the activist is an earnest, passionate, funny and caring individual, determined to communicate with people about the most important issue facing our earth' --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Al Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976 and 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 eight years. He is Chairman of Generation Investment Management, a London-based firm that is focused on a new approach to Sustainable Investing. He also serves as Chairman of Current, an independently owned cable and satellite television network for young people based on viewer-created content and citizen journalism. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Apple Computer, Inc., a Senior Advisor to Google, Inc., and a Visiting Professor at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is the author of the 1992 bestseller Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SBno1 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Nov. 2013
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A few years ago I watched An Inconvenient Truth where upon I suddenly felt quite guilty about being sat in a half empty aeroplane flying across the Atlantic Ocean. When I returned from my trip I bought this book and became a little more determined to do my dutiful bit to reduce man-made global warming.

The book is based on scientific facts and some theories about where we are heading, and therefore there are going to be people who think the world is going to end and the people who think that the theories are all wrong and that nothing could be further than the truth.

The book and show/presentation does paint a bit of a gloomy picture, but you do get a sense of "We better start paying attention to this". The book has not dated and it is still worth a read/view from time to time to remind us why we are recycling and trying to reduce our greenhouse gasses.

The book and show has not had a favourable response from all scientific communities and I think it may have faired better if it hadn't have been so heavy in the "End is nigh" vein. You have to remember that this book came about when the whole global warming theme was becoming a household name and so the majority of us needed to be brought into this gently so the book was a bit of a shock factor. You could argue that that is what was needed, but as my the saying goes "softly, softly, catchee monkey"

Now it is about 6 years on and we are mentally geared up to this and so the shock factor has worn off, but the realities are just the same.
I watched a documentary this week with Prof. Ian Stewart and, paraphrasing him, he said that we don't have to worry about the earth, it will heal, it has recovered after massive climatic disasters in the past. It is the human race that may not survive. I found that comment to be a bit more chilling!
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful By reader on 8 Sept. 2006
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Being from an environmental research background, I strongly recommend "An Inconvenient Truth" as a good opener to the area of climate change. As a previous reviewer said, it's an easy and well-illustrated read and achieves the aim of putting across the most significant points in a way that should appeal to a wide audience. I also found the brief tangents regarding Al Gore's life and family set his whole passion for the subject in context and made it a more human piece of work rather than a didactic text. In addition, I don't believe it sets out to offer one solution to climate change. I agree it's a way more complex issue than can be solved by local action alone. However, what I see as this books objective is rather to prove to as many as possible that climate change IS happening and that there are ways we could be ameliorating the effects to the benefit of our and other species. We need many more people agreeing that this IS an area where we need to be acting and acting now before the big stuff that WILL make a difference (policy change etc.) will happen. A good, concise, well-written and interesting introduction to the topic.
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Reverend Peter Doodes on 2 Aug. 2006
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Al Gore's book will, I have no doubt, become the standard environmental work of reference for many years to come. It details in an easily accessible, non technical and heavily illustrated way the present environmental problems that humanity faces. In this publication a picture is really worth a thousand words and the words are all relevant. I have no hesitation whatsoever in highly recommending this book.
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34 of 43 people found the following review helpful By T. E. Bush on 16 Oct. 2006
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If you consider yourself to be an 'expert' or 'near expert' on the issues of climate change then this books is not really for you.

It does however explain all the causes of environment change and how it will effect our planet.

The photographs are amazing - and show the changes that we can see in our environment over time. The graphs are clear and fasniating in themselves.

The book is (I am guessing) very much like the slide show he has gone around the world showing. It does often have only a few paragraphs on each page, but includes stunning pictures and graphics. For the reason, I managed to read the whole book in about four hours and I am quite a slow reader. That is why I say it is not for experts as the book doesn't really go into complex detail or go into length about the science of climate change.

However, for me it was a superb book. I am not a scientist. I don't want to read a peer reviewed book that someone has worked on for their PHd - I just wanted to know the facts in enough detail to be interesting without so much detail that it would be boring.

Average mere mortals like me - will love this book.
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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Jan. 2007
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A great book with some fascinating information. The images and diagrams really make this book something else and Gore comes across as a dedicated guy with a very lucid writing style and compelling argument. It remains to be seen if we can act on this, and other pertinent info, to make the changes we need. Highly recommended if you're interested in climate change and want a good introduction or alternatively a beautifully presented book on the subject.

Feel free to check out my blog which can be found on my profile page.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Storey on 2 July 2008
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Al gore has done what many in World goverments are afaird to do and admit that Global Warming is actually happening and he is spot on when he says it's an Inconvenient Truth to many poliltians and companies.
This book might not go into to as much depth as some readers would like but i think Al Gore was attempting to reach out to everyone by not filling the book with lots of scientific jargon.
The photo's and their are many in this book, show what is happening to our world and no amount of written information can change what them photo's are proving, the world as we know it is changing.
If amazes me that people still think global warming is just a myth when their is so many books out their including this one that prove it's not.
This book is a intresting and compelling read and offers a distrubing insight into what awaits us if we fail to protect our only home, Planet Earth.
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