Al Gore

Al Gore

by Kerrily Sapet
     
 

As a candidate in the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election, Al Gore was involved in one of the most divisive and controversial events in U.S. history. But before he was an embattled presidential candidate, Gore already had a significant part in shaping America as it approached the twenty-first century. The son of a senator, Al Gore spent his whole life surrounded by…  See more details below

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As a candidate in the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election, Al Gore was involved in one of the most divisive and controversial events in U.S. history. But before he was an embattled presidential candidate, Gore already had a significant part in shaping America as it approached the twenty-first century. The son of a senator, Al Gore spent his whole life surrounded by politics, though it was initially not a life he wanted for himself. He aspired to be a journalist, but soon he discovered a desire in himself to change his country for the better, and Gore found himself being drawn back towards politics.

In Congress, Gore was a dynamic politician, championing environmental and technological issues long before his fellow senators even began thinking of such things, publishing a book, and approaching his job with intelligence and open-mindedness. Soon, his strong reputation attracted the attention of Arkansas politician Bill Clinton, who was preparing to run for president. Clinton asked Gore to be his vice-president, and soon they were some of the youngest politicians in American history holding power in the White House. As vice-president, Gore continued his work, expanding the power and influence of the vice-president, and supporting Clinton through years of scandal and transition. And though Gore was unsuccessful in his own presidential bid in 2000, he reemerged from the loss shortly after as a newly energized celebrity activist, ready to continue his fight to better his country and the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leslie Greaves Radloff
Photos, a timeline, an index, notes, and web addresses make up this biography of the former Vice President. Tracing Gore's rise in politics, Sapet provides information and a relatively thorough look at the former Vice President for upper elementary and middle school readers Her coverage is non-partisan, chronicling problems the Gores faced in their family life and in the political arena. Since winning the Nobel Prize, Gore seems to have become the man of the hour and this book will answer questions for students in middle school and junior high about his political and personal philosophy. Color photos, the index, and the format make this easy to use for biography projects and research assignments. Predictable series writing but nicely packaged: the background of the book cover is the red and white stripes of the flag with a photo of Gore looking out at his readers. In the background we see the flag symbolizing commitment to country and people, and his law books symbolizing commitment to justice for all. Reviewer: Leslie Greaves Radloff

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599350707
Publisher:
Morgan Reynolds Pub
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Series:
Political Profiles Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.09(h) x 0.45(d)
Lexile:
1130L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

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