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Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit Hardcover – 3 Apr 1996

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  • Hardcover: 407 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (Trade); 1st Edition edition (3 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395578213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395578216
  • Package Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Format: Hardcover
Senator Al Gore won high praise for this book from Bill Moyers because he "faces honestly the unremitting evidence of science"; from M. Scott Peck for "clearly pointing the way we need to change to assure the survival of our grandchildren"; and from Carl Sagan who tells us that "mitigating the crisis will require a planetary perspective, long-term thinking, political courage and savvy, eloquence and leadership - all of which are in evidence in Al Gore's landmark book." As a child the author watched eight acres an hour of top soil being carried away in the Mississippi River while his mother explained the implications of Rachel Carson's 'Silent Spring'; as a student his professor explained the profound and disruptive change in the global climate due to the carbon dioxide build up in the atmosphere measured at Mauna Loa; as a serviceman in Vietnam he learned of the results of using Agent Orange; as a Congressman he investigated hazardous waste dumps such as Love Canal and learned of our leaders' powerful and determined opposition to the truth and their unwillingness to think about the comprehensive nature of the response needed. After reflecting on his own personal role in determining the course of his nation and civilization he ran for President focusing his campaign on global warming, ozone depletion, the ailing global environment and nuclear arms control only to discover that no one was interested in these issues and that the media would not provide coverage. It was a lesson in how political motives and government policies have helped to create the crisis and frustrate finding solutions; it was a lesson about leadership and evasion of responsibility, timidity of vision, avoiding important issues, and postponing difficult choices.Read more ›
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Format: Paperback
As I'm taking a degree in environmental science, any books of this nature interest me, however, this book in particular has stuck out as one of my favourites. The topics covered from global warming to pollution are covered in an easy to read format, though the science behind them is explained extremely coherently. Al Gore injects a definate human quality into this book, and one gets the feeling that it was written by a man with a great passion for what he was writing. The book covers a range of environmental problems citing examples, explantions and often reasonable solutions.
I have recommended this book to many "non-scientific" friends, and many have enjoyed reading it as well as benefitted from the information it contains.
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This is a wonderful book. Here's what just one reviewer said:
"Gore leads readers toward a greater understanding of humanity and toward thinking beyond currently perceived limitations. With often stunning insight. . ."
The ratings of objective customers correspond with professional reviews (4 or 5 stars). The customers that give 1-star reviews in Amazon are trying to diminish sales of this book due to anti-environmental fanaticism or political fanaticism. When will they ever stop trying to damage the integrity of valid sources of information? People have a right to know the truth.
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By A Customer on 16 Feb. 1998
Format: Paperback
A conscientious, thoughtful book.
The book's implications are so disturbing that many readers can expect to be shocked and angry with Mr. Gore for rocking our boats so violently.
"Earth in the Balance" is definitely not the sort of vision-thing we expect to hear from our politicians, who usually specialize in massaging our egos - not disrupting them!
For that reason alone, I consider this to be THE must-read book of the last decade.
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By A Customer on 20 May 1998
Format: Paperback
I am an Ecology student (4.0 gpa) and I have seen some of these horrible truths that are discussed in this book. I think it is a shame that some people think that this book was fiction, or funny. I feel for those people. If they only knew of the damage humans cause and just how simple it would be to eliminate a lot of the damage. I felt that this book was straight and to the point. It was like reading a horror story in some ways. I am not a person who reads a great deal but, when I picked this book up I was unable to put it back down till I had finished it. It was absolutely the best book that I have ever read. I do feel for those who live in a world of fiction. Sorry but its fact.
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When I signed up for a required ecology class at my college, I never expected to have this book as the only textbook for the class. Textbooks are the main backup for the days you just can't get out of bed and attend class. When I went to buy my books, I quickly realized that I would be getting a lot less sleep. I even remember mentioning loudly, much to the amusement of the other students, that I had to read a book written by a man who doesn't move his head and can't dance.
I sat down to read the first assigned reading and was pleasantly amazed. The book isn't boring at all. Al Gore has a beautiful, flowing writing style. I managed to read an entire required book without a sign of fatigue or distraction. It even had pictures to keep my thoughts from straying. I am not ashamed to say that I enjoyed this book. I really mean it. Even if you are not into the environment, at least read it to be shocked by a book that defied many of my preconcieved notions about the man. I ended up getting my required sleep for the quarter.
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