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The Prince of Tennessee: The Rise of Al Gore

Maraniss, David, and Nakashima, Ellen

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ISBN 10: 0743204115 / ISBN 13: 9780743204118
Published by Simon & Schuster Books, New York, 2000
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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323 pages. Note on sources, index. Signed by the author (signed bookplate on front endpaper). Drawing on documents, letters, and interviews with more than three hundred people, including six lengthy conversations with the vice president, the authors look closely at the forces that have shaped Gore's life and career. Bookseller Inventory # 25484

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Title: The Prince of Tennessee: The Rise of Al Gore

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books, New York

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: very good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Third Printing.

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The best-selling author of When Pride Still Mattered and First in His Class offers a close-up look at the life and political career of Vice-President Al Gore, detailing the factors and froces that have shaped his life, his beliefs and goals, and the man behind the public figure. 100,000 first printing.


In the tradition of coauthor David Maraniss's Bill Clinton biography, First in His Class, this solidly researched portrait of Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore assumes readers' familiarity with his recent political activity. A scant 10 pages covers Gore's eight years as vice president, for instance; the rest concentrates instead on filling in the background. Maraniss and Ellen Nakashima both write for the Washington Post, which published portions of the book, and their journalistic experience shows in a readable narrative that smoothly integrates quotes from extensive interviews conducted with colleagues, friends, and the candidate himself. Persuasive detail and careful analysis thoroughly delineate Gore's personality: intelligent, competitive, driven to excel but not to please. Gore's oft-criticized stiffness and perceived coldness, the authors argue, come partly from a Southern formality inherited from his father, Albert Gore Sr., himself a staunch liberal whose bitter 1970 loss of his U.S. Senate seat convinced his son that it was wise not to get too far left of conservative Tennessee voters. Though a baby boomer, admitted former dope smoker, and firm environmentalist, Al Jr. emerges here as a natural moderate, comfortable working within the establishment. This conscientious chronicle of his life and career gives a good intimation of what kind of a president he'd be. --Wendy Smith

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