Inventing Al Gore: A Biography

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HMH, 2014 M02 14 - 480 pages
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A “balanced, insightful” biography of the politician that “shows how the pressure to succeed has shaped virtually every aspect of Gore’s career” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
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 he renounced politics, what set this son of a Tennessee senator back on the track mapped out for him? What was the real nature of his partnership with Bill Clinton, and how was it altered by the Lewinsky affair?
Inventing Al Gore addresses these issues and more as it unveils the true motivations, ideals, and idiosyncrasies of one of America’s most inscrutable political figures. 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 and global warming. 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.
“Refreshing . . . Turque finds [Gore] to be like so many of the rest of us—occasionally decent, usually flawed, always conflicted.” —Newsday


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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


Nashville November 31970
1 Well Mr Gore Here He Is
2 Never an Unhappy Noise
3 Al Gorf
4 Gore Albert A
5 Men on Horseback
6 Saving Private Gore
7 I Must Become My Own Man
14 Into the Ashes
15 Gore in the Balance
16 The Dowry
17 Double Date
18 Veep
19 To the Edge and Back
20 Moneychangers in the Temple

8 Carthage Campaigner
9 Bland Ambition
10 Strange Blend
11 Lyric Opera
12 The Warm Puppy Principle
13 Rolling Alamo
21 One of Our Greatest Presidents
Separation Anxiety
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Bill Turque, a national correspondent for Newsweek covered Gore's 1992 and 1996 campaigns. He lives in Washington, DC.

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