Inventing Al Gore

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 448 pages
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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INVENTING AL GORE: A Biography

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A balanced and insightful account of the life of the Vice President from a Washington correspondent for Newsweek. Turque begins in Nashville in October 1999 with a snapshot of candidate Gore, a man ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue Nashville November 31970
1
Well Mr Gore Here He Is
4
Never an Unhappy Noise
22
Al Gorf
38
Gore Albert A
49
Men on Horseback
68
Saving Private Gore
82
I Must Become My Own Man
90
Into the Ashes
213
Gore in the Balance
229
The Dowry
238
Double Date
251
Veep
265
To the Edge and Back
290
Moneychangers in the Temple
312
One of Our Greatest Presidents
337

Carthage Campaigner
116
Bland Ambition
130
Strange Blend
151
Lyric Opera
165
The Warm Puppy Principle
181
Rolling Alamo
189
Epilogue Separation Anxiety
357
I
375
Notes
377
Selected Bibliography
430
Index
433
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Bill Turque, a national correspondent for NEWSWEEK, covered Gore's 1992 and 1996 campaigns. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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