Inventing Al Gore: A Biography [NOOK Book]

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Why did Al Gore, after angry opposition to the Vietnam War, submit to the draft? What happened in Vietnam that made him sullen and bitter? After renouncing politics, what set him back on the track mapped out for him? What made him claim (falsely) that he invented the Internet? How closely is he allied with the tobacco industry? What is the real nature of his partnership with Bill Clinton? How was it altered by the Lewinsky affair? "Inventing Al Gore" addresses these issues and more as it unveils the true ...

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Overview

Why did Al Gore, after angry opposition to the Vietnam War, submit to the draft? What happened in Vietnam that made him sullen and bitter? After renouncing politics, what set him back on the track mapped out for him? What made him claim (falsely) that he invented the Internet? How closely is he allied with the tobacco industry? What is the real nature of his partnership with Bill Clinton? How was it altered by the Lewinsky affair? "Inventing Al Gore" addresses these issues and more as it unveils the true motivations, ideals, and idiosyncracies of one of Washington's most inscrutable men. Bill Turque, who covered both of Gore's vice presidential campaigns and the Clinton White House, draws on extensive access to Gore's key advisers, friends, and family. He unmasks a man who in private can sing and dance to George Strait's music but in public measures every comment and gesture with legendary caution. As Turque details, Gore's great political albatross -- a lack of empathy -- was hatched during his lonely childhood as the product of ambitious political parents who groomed him for the presidency. Turque's keen analysis also uncovers the genesis of Gore's questionable fund-raising and of a political platform laden with worthy but emotionally safe planks such as bioethics, global warming, and the Internet. In addition, Inventing Al Gore illuminates how personal tragedies have shaped his political life and the remarkable influence that women, from his mother to Naomi Wolf, have had on his career.

"Inventing Al Gore" reveals Gore to be one of the most intelligent, idealistic men in Washington, yet one who is repeatedly prone to prevarication, exaggeration, and avoidance of hard issues. Turque offers a meticulously researched narrative filled with colorful, insightful details that sharpen the debate over whether Gore can outgrow his limitations and excel in the office he has prepared for all his life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780544364264
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 2/14/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • File size: 731 KB

Meet the Author

Bill Turque, a national correspondent for NEWSWEEK, covered Gore's 1992 and 1996 campaigns. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix Prologue: Nashville, November 3, 1970 1 1. “Well, Mr. Gore, Here He Is” 4 2. Never an Unhappy Noise 22 3. Al Gorf 38 4. “Gore, Albert A.” 49 5. Men on Horseback 68 6. Saving Private Gore 82 7. “I Must Become My Own Man” 90 8. Carthage Campaigner 116 9. Bland Ambition 130 10. Strange Blend 151 11. Lyric Opera 165 12. The Warm Puppy Principle 181 13. Rolling Alamo 189 14. Into the Ashes 213 15. Gore in the Balance 229 16. The Dowry 238 17. Double Date 251 18. Veep 265 19. To the Edge and Back 290 20. Moneychangers in the Temple 312 21. “One of Our Greatest Presidents” 337 Epilogue: Separation Anxiety 357 Acknowledgments 375 Notes 377 Selected Bibliography 430 Index 433
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2000

    This book is well and carefully written. It is the real life of a man who from the beginning was raised in a modest way of parenting and self-discipline. Well trained and groomed to be one of the nation's top men to watch. Great to read with pleasure.

    This is a great book to read. To know more about a man who was groomed to be one of the nation's top men. It is a pleasure to read his life biography, his ups and downs. Truimphs and disappointments. But overall, his life is an interesting one. With the support of his immediate family members, love is abounding all around, help and courage is everywhere. I would recommend this book if you are interested to know more about a man who would be the next President of this great nation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2000

    The Book's Point of View

    This book has lots of carefully researched details but these are overwhelmed by the book's point of view. Every event that the author chooses to include is force-fit into the theory that all of Al Gore's life has been about running for president. This severly detracts from the reader's enjoyment.

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