The Future by Al Gore, hardback by WH Allen, £25.

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AL Gore, the world’s most famous almost-US president, has written a laundry list about The Future.

Detailing every factor that may shape the future and then some, the majority of the book is an encyclopedic analysis of our current global catastrophes, with the usual suspects of big business and globalisation.

Though comprehensive, this chunk is dull and not very well planned, with Gore regularly flipping between topics with abandon – at one point covering multinationals, the eurozone crisis and the concept of the nation state over the space of three pages.

Where this book hits its stride is in the last chapter, The Edge, which looks at why we’re handling climate change so badly.

It’s a compelling and powerful account – and one well worth sticking out for.

Tobias Chapple