The Assault on Reason
12 journalers for this copy...
9 CDs - Approx 10 hrs
Read by Will Patton
This is one of the most inspiring and refreshing book I have been exposed to.
At least once a week, I think how much better the country and the world would be if Al Gore had become president after he did win the popular vote in 2000.
This book is further proof you can't keep a good man down.
The book isn't for everyone -- but I wish everyone would read at least one chapter.
Would that hurt....?
What I got out of it was inspiration to do more to make the changes I want. A lot of little actions do add up, while just complaining about the way things are gets us nowhere.
There is a part near the beginning that I found a little slow, but after that it picked up and engaged me a lot. (I found myself talking about it with other people, etc.)
So...I want to share this audio.
I ask that you move it along after no more than 3 weeks, as this is a new release & others are waiting. [US only.]
bakerwhencan - CA
KateKintail - VA
rosepetal - IL
majoanna - NY
azuki & Macaufan - FL
smilingheron - OR
MicheleReads - OH
CollegeLady - CA
...then back to me: gnissorckoob - FL
Then out again to...
then back to me, gnissorckoob
8/16 - mailed today to bakerwhencan
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This was different than I expected it to be. The premise and the information are very interesting in the beginning. I was especially interested in Gore's addressing the impact of media. As it went on, I found it to be more political than I expected. I found that interesting too, but wary of the political intents that are actually addressed in the book! I listened through Chapter 8 and felt I got the gist.
So now it's off to the next reader! I mailed it today.
Thank you very much for including me here. I am glad I "read" it!
Thanks for including me in this ring!
First, I wanted to type up a quote from the book that says a lot about how I feel after listening to this: Thomas Jefferson once wrote that whenever the people are well-informed they can be trusted with their own government, that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice they may be relied on to set them right. He also said if a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization it expects what never was and never will be.
Second, I really enjoyed this. It's slow and a bit dry in places, but I love Al Gore and it's really fascinating to hear everything he covers in this book. I actually made notes as I went along...
Television- I watch a LOT of tv, so I started to feel guilty when he talked about the shortcomings of the medium as one-way communication. The talk about tv-created memories and emotions was something that shocked me, though.
Fear- I loved his discussion of fear and how it factors into human nature so strongly. Naturally, he applied it to Bush administration tactics, which makes me sad for our nation. I liked his discussion of Bush creating his own reality and legality (interesting insights and parallels drawn).
Government- A lot of the book was about the structure and intentions of government (which was interesting to hear, coming from a former vice president who's participated in multiple branches of government). I especially liked the discussion of the forefathers' writings and intentions when creating the government (and analysis of the current situation, in contrast).
Bush- To be honest, I'm no fan of the current president, but it didn't come across as Bush-bashing so much as presenting facts... facts that make Bush look bad. It pained me to hear the parts about the administration using media and marketing ploys like fear tactics to push the war on the people (using the people). The fact that people in power use human weaknesses/poverty/fear to gain more power makes me feel sick inside; I know that's just human nature, too, but that doesn't make it any easier to hear examples of it. The extent of the deception and secrecy as well as blatant violations of the law... what more can I say? *sigh* Makes me want to do something, though... and I think that's the point of this book!
Environment- I'm glad he touched briefly on the subject of the environment, even if it's just within the context of other issues.
Judicial branch- on disc 8, he mentions George Mason University Law Dept... I work at GMU and am listening to the CD here at work! But I work for a nonprofit housed at GMU... not at the Law Dept... still, it caught my attention, naturally, and I wanted to mention it. Eep.
It's up to us- I thought his discussion of participation was incredibly interesting. The ways to participate... as well as the ways people view participation are very eye-opening. I loved his argument for neutrality and glad he addressed the internet & internet communities as one viable solution, even though it's not without its drawbacks (digital divide).
The beginning made me sad and depressed... the middle more-so but with anger thrown in... and the ending brought me back up to feeling informed and empowered (ugh, I hate that word, but it's true). Thanks so much for letting me listen to this book! It was quite an experience :-)
I PMed rosepetal yesterday and will PM a second time if I don't hear back soon.
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I will be mailing it on Monday to msjoanna.
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Update 11/30/07: I'm about half way finished. I should be finished early next week and will pass along then. Sorry to keep these slightly longer than the three week period.
I'll be mailing this tomorrow to azuki.
I've mailed it today to the next person.
I've PM'd MicheleReads for her address so I can send it on...
I'm so glad to have shared this with the appreciative journalers above. I plan to place it in the Unitarian congregation's audio library unless another bookcrosser requests it soon.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Sent to the next person in the book ray. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Thanks g for letting me in on the ring. Only 178 days till November election, thank God!
I will probably re-listen to it on my upcoming trip. (Just had a conversation about how all the gov't mis-management wouldn't have happened in a Gore Presidency. But, as someone once said. "A lot of little actions do add up, while just complaining about the way things are gets us nowhere"!)
putting in carlissa's cd audiobook box