An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming

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Former Vice President Al Gore's New York Times #1 bestselling book is a daring call to action, exposing the shocking reality of how humankind has aided in the destruction of our planet and the future we face if we do not take action to stop global warming. Now, Viking has adapted this book for the most important audience of all: today's youth, who have no choice but to confront this climate crisis head-on.

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Overview

Former Vice President Al Gore's New York Times #1 bestselling book is a daring call to action, exposing the shocking reality of how humankind has aided in the destruction of our planet and the future we face if we do not take action to stop global warming. Now, Viking has adapted this book for the most important audience of all: today's youth, who have no choice but to confront this climate crisis head-on.

Dramatic full-color photos, illustrations, and graphs combine with Gore's effective and clear writing to explain global warming in very real terms: what it is, what causes it, and what will happen if we continue to ignore it. An Inconvenient Truth will change the way young people understand global warming and hopefully inspire them to help change the course of history.

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Former vice president Al Gore has always intended that urgent information about global warming reach the largest possible audience. It seems only logical then that he would adapt his bestselling book An Inconvenient Truth for a new generation of readers. This juvenile and teen edition contains a simplified text enhanced by full-color photographs, illustrations, and graphs. A head start on environmentalism.
Children's Literature - Cindy L. Carolan
There is no doubt that the climate of the Earth is changing. Scientific studies support the fact that global warming not only exists but is increasing at a faster rate than anyone thought possible. The author was moved to action by a book read to him in his teenage years by Rachel Carson called Silent Spring, which showed how humans can either take care of the Earth and have it respond accordingly, or abuse the earth and suffer the consequences. This message is clear throughout this book, without a preachy tenor. Page after page of the fifteen chapters details the worldwide crisis we are experiencing through text, data, charts, illustrations, and visually stunning yet repulsive photographs. This book is a young person's version of an adult book that accompanied a documentary by the same name in 2006. The author is a former U.S. Vice President and also wrote Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit. A "must read" for young people as well as adults. Highly recommended.
VOYA - Kathleen Beck
If skepticism about global warming has faded significantly, much of the credit must go to the Oscar-winning documentary and best-selling book on which this title is based. Former Vice President Gore has thrown his energy and prestige into raising the issue to the forefront of popular consciousness. This young adult version will have immediate name recognition. Slightly shortened and simplified, it includes most of the same, highly effective graphics and illustrations as the adult book. Gore makes no apologies for not presenting opposing opinions. Indeed he contends that in the scientific as opposed to the popular press, there is no debate. The adult title includes more corroborating evidence for some contentions. Here the text is graceful but blunt: There is no doubt about global warming, and this generation will bear the brunt if changes are not made immediately. Browsers will be drawn to the striking format, perfectly designed for a visually sophisticated age group. The text omits personal material found in the original and shortens and rearranges some of the chapters. Also unfortunately missing are the "Misconception" sidebars that address frequently heard objections. The one false note comes in the "Take Action" section, where Gore trivializes the ability of his audience to make an impact. His few suggestions are almost insultingly minor. He badly underestimates the will and influence of this very savvy generation, who can pressure parents and politicians to take the steps he recommends to his adult readers. This book is a must-have for collections serving younger teen readers.
School Library Journal

Gr 5–8
This young readers' version of the recent documentary film's companion adult volume cuts the page count by about a third but preserves the original's cogent message and many of its striking visuals. After explaining that his interest in the environment predates even his mother's reading of Silent Spring aloud to him as a teenager, Gore proceeds to document steeply rising carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere, and then to link that to accelerating changes in temperature and precipitation patterns worldwide. Using easy-to-grasp graphics and revealing before-and-after photos, he shows how glaciers and ice shelves are disappearing all over the globe with alarming speed, pointing to profound climate changes and increased danger from rising sea levels in the near future. O'Connor rephrases Gore's arguments in briefer, simpler language without compromising their flow, plainly intending to disturb readers rather than frighten them. He writes measured, matter-of-fact prose, letting facts and trends speak for themselves—but, suggesting that "what happens locally has worldwide consequences," he closes with the assertion that we will all have to "change the way we live our lives." Like the film, this title may leave readers to look elsewhere for both documentation and for specific plans of action, but as an appeal to reason it's as polished and persuasive as it can be.
—John PetersCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
A bestselling tie-in book, now adapted for middle- and high-school readers by Jane O'Connor, accompanied the award-winning documentary film about global warming, from Vice President Gore. Gore has contributed a new introduction, and a new table of contents clarifies his argument. Most of the illustrations have been retained. Beginning with an introduction to the issue, the evidence is presented in striking then-and-now pictures, simple graphs and straightforward, clearly written text. Some of the logic of individual bits of his original presentation has been lost in the simplification, but readers are likely to be familiar with his examples and the potential consequences: storms, floods, droughts, changes at the poles and in the oceans, public-health issues and even the rhythm of the seasons. Gore points out the effects of the population explosion and political denial but holds out hope that this crisis can also provide an opportunity for change. Four simple action steps are suggested, and readers are referred to the website from the film for further information. Multiple copies should be in every school and library. (acknowledgements, credits, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670062720
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/10/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 192,863
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 1070L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.54 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Al Gore

Former Vice President Al Gore is currently the chairman of both Current TV and Generational Investment Management. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976 and the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990, and served eight years as vice president of the United States, from 1993 to 2000. He is the author of the 1992 bestseller Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit. He lives with his wife, Tipper, in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     10
Our Changing Planet     12
A Silent Alarm     18
Cold, Hard Evidence     32
Hurricane Watch     59
Extremely Wet, Extremely Dry     72
The Ends of the Earth: The North Pole     80
The Ends of the Earth: The South Pole     92
A New Atlas?     108
Deep Trouble     118
Hazardous to Your Health     124
Off Balance     130
Collision Course     136
Technology's Side Effects     149
"Denial Ain't Just a River in Egypt"     158
Crisis = Opportunity     166
Acknowledgments     184
Credits     186
Index     188
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    A perfect example of how has-been politicians and pseudoscience groupies can lie and make money at the same time.

    There are so many inaccuracies and self-serving scientific 'facts' in this book that it is impossible to name them all. Suffice it to say that Herr Josef Goebels would have been proud to have endorsed this book. That despicable little Nazi promoted the principle of the Big Lie. Tell a lie loudly enough and long enough and gullible people will begin to believe it. Fretwell's book, The Sky is NOT Falling, should be read by those who want a balanced viewpoint and then let your own judgement take over. We have had recurring cycles of global warming and cooling ever since man has been on this planet and long before that. Our carbon footprint is a negligible factor in these recurring cycles. Gore has a BIG footprint when it is not inserted into his mouth and wastes energy in that big house of his. He justifies this by buying carbon offsets, but he is a bad example for our children to follow. Read both books and compare science with pseudoscience and make up your own mind.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2008

    Great but missing one little thing

    good book, good points...but lacking that one thing i wanted to know....DOES MANBEARPIG EXIST....otherwise a good read ..if your into fairy tales.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2007

    We can make a diffrence

    An Inconvenient Truth is a great book. It explains all about global warming and you can learn a lot from it, I know I have. Al Gore tells just about everything you would need to know about global warming, he also has a counter for everything that makes skeptics think that global warming is not happening or that we as humans have no affect on or that the increase in temperatures are just normal fluxes. An Inconvenient Truth tells how important global warming is and it also tells us that if we do not start to stop global warming soon then it may be too late to stop it at all. One of the coolest things about the book is the part where he talks about how the scientist can read the ice and tell what year the ice was formed. This was a great book and if you have any doubts about global warming READ THIS BOOK! It well change your mind forever.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2010

    Al Gore Book about Global Warming

    This book covers the topic of Global Warming an is very well written by Al Gore. People that might be interested in this kind of book are one people who want to learn about world crisises and also need a good read. The book talks about Global warming and all the effects of it like the ice caps up in Greenland or the North Pole and how all the snow and ice is melting it also covers the ocean rising and the problem of natural disasters like for example the terrible hurrican Katrina which was one of the worst and it happened in New Orleans. Some more stuff that it has is how that we are the ones causing it and we are the only ones that can stop it. A reason that you might be reading it is one like me for schhol or just for fun. It is good for some teachers and it is very eduacatinal and also it has a lot of pictures along with the words that better make people understand the topic. It teaches a good lesson to learn that what we can do to the enviroment is bad and only we can stop it. The last thing that i have to say is that this book is true and this stuff is really happening out there in the world so think what you can do to stop it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2007

    A must read

    It's always puzzling to find supposed skeptics who truly do want to accept the scientific fact that global warming is affecting the world and it is going at a must faster rate than it can be anticipated. An Inconvenient Truth is a must read for everyone because this book is not so much a book telling people that the world is going to end but that human impact is causing global warming and that people can make a difference. If people learned more ways to conserve their energy, use less green house gases, and take steps to improve the environment around them, we can still prevent the major disasters that come with the increased global climate change. Everyone should read this book--forget the politics, it's a human issue.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2007

    A must read for anyone concerned about the environment

    This book should be required reading for all college students, no matter what their major, because our generation will be the one to reverse the effects of global warming. A good sized majority of the older generations (my parents included) simply don't care or are in error when they say that global warming doesn't exist. There is too much proof to the contrary. No matter what your personal beliefs are, you cannot deny the existence of global warming, and this book goes well above and beyond its duty in pointing out the facts to prove that it does exist and is definitely a problem.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2007

    Need of the Hour

    How long can people run away from the mistakes which human keep making. Nature is not a meek thing, it nows how to keep things in control. All because these companies wanted to make lots of money etc etc, the truth was hidden by the media. There are people still who will swear that there is no global warming. An Inconvenient truth is to open the eyes of such blind folk in the world and urges all of us to start conserving and come together to work to save the earth which we have taken for granted.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2007

    A Must Read

    This book offers compelling proof of the effect humans have had on the enviroment. It's informative graphs and data are scientific proof of the phenonmenon. For those out there who believe global warming is just a cycle, READ THIS! Sure, Earth goes through warming and cooling periods, but NOTHING like whats happening now. Although I believe humans have the responsibility to take care of this Earth, I am by no means they type to shove this stuff down your throat. My advice, read a book from both sides of the issue and then decide your views for yourself!! Whatever your interest level is, you must read this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2007

    it was as bad as the movie...

    in science we had to read and watch the inconvenient truth and it was not fun at all. it is not relayed to teens at all besides a bit of simpsons in the video. not recommended for teachers to get for students

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2011

    GLOBAL WARMING IS REAL

    global warming is real and is happening all around the world right now. whats realy sad is that by the time you people grow a brain and realize that this is real it will be to late.

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