Earth in the Balance: Forging a New Common Purpose [NOOK Book]


Al Gore leads the charge against climate change, the world's greatest threat, in an incendiary new foreword to this timeless classic that launched his environmental career. If you want to know Gore, you need this book!
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Earth in the Balance: Forging a New Common Purpose

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Al Gore leads the charge against climate change, the world's greatest threat, in an incendiary new foreword to this timeless classic that launched his environmental career. If you want to know Gore, you need this book!
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Vice President-elect Gore explains the necessity of enviromentalism and offers bold initiatives for change in this thoughtful, compelling primer, a QPB selection and PW bestseller. Illustrations. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
YA-- Too often, environmental challenges are presented in such a way that the more one learns, the more hopeless it all seems. Earth in the Balance does not shrink from the magnitude and painfulness of the conflicts YAs will soon inherit, but it also gives encouragement, offering the possibility of resolution. A passionate yet clearheaded exposition of a worldwide crisis is the starting point of this courageous book. Retracing his own journey, Gore leads readers toward a greater understanding of humanity and toward thinking beyond currently perceived limitations. With often stunning insight, he looks at how ``dysfunctional civilization,'' political realities, and religious traditions have helped to shape the current global ecological situation. This breadth of perspective should speak to a diversity of readers, while the final section, outlining a plausible plan of action, can capture the imaginations of practical as well as idealistic readers. The book may seem daunting to some, but its 3-part, 15-chapter structure, which allows readers to browse at will, should make it accessible enough to most YAs.-- Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Senator (and vice presidential candidate) Gore (Democrat, Tennessee) demonstrates that the quality of air, water, and soil is at grave risk, not only locally or regionally but globally, and argues that only a radical rethinking of the human relationship with nature can save the earth's ecology for future generations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134038459
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/13/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 652,521
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Al Gore
Al Gore
Al Gore 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, An Inconvenient Truth, and The Assault on Reason and was featured in an Academy Award-winning documentary. He was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Plume Edition
Introduction 1
Pt. I Balance at Risk
1 Ships in the Desert 19
2 The Shadow Our Future Throws 36
3 Climate and Civilization: A Short History 56
4 Buddha's Breath 81
5 If the Well Goes Dry 99
6 Skin Deep 115
7 Seeds of Privation 126
8 The Wasteland 145
Pt. II The Search for Balance
9 Self-Stewardship 167
10 Eco-nomics: Truth or Consequences 182
11 We Are What We Use 197
12 Dysfunctional Civilization 216
13 Environmentalism of the Spirit 238
Pt. III Striking the Balance
14 A New Common Purpose 269
15 A Global Marshall Plan 295
Conclusion 361
Acknowledgments 371
Notes 374
Bibliography 386
Index 394
Credits 408
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