- Age Range: 11 and up
- Grade Level: 6 and up
- Series: People to Know
- Library Binding: 112 pages
- Publisher: Enslow Pub Inc (December 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0766012328
- ISBN-13: 978-0766012325
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,035,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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18 November 2012
This book is a very well written portrayal of Al Gore. Although I do not agree with all of his political decisions, I still have respect for the man.
Albert Arnold Gore Jr. Democrat, former Vice President, environmental activist, author, on the Board of Directors at Apple, senior advisor of Google, served at the House of Representatives for 24 years, and campaigned for the Presidential Election in 2000 but lost to President George W. Bush. Al Gore was born on March 31, 1948. He is the son of Albert Gore Sr. and Pauline Gore. He grew up in a small town close to Nashville, Tennessee. When he was young he worked on the family farm. As Al was growing up, many people knew that he would soon do many great things for the country. He was very intellectual and he was also physically fit. He was accepted to Harvard and after two days of classes his freshman year, he campaigned and become the president of his class. He enlisted in the army in 1969 and then got married in 1970 to Mary Elizabeth Aitcheson, a friend he had known and loved for many years. In 1976, Al ran began to think more seriously about running for a spot in the House of Representatives. That same year, when his name was on the ballot, he won against Stanly Rogers by the slightest gap. When his sister, Nancy, died of lung cancer, he began to be more serious about environmental issues. He later said that he was a "raging moderate liberal on domestic issues and conservative on foreign policy." In 1988, Al ran at the New York Primaries to be at the Democratic National Convention but eventually lost the delegate vote. He later dropped out of the Presidential race because he knew he could not get a big enough entourage. After this happened, his son got away from his father, ran in the road and was hit by a car and flew over 30 feet in the air. When his son recovered, he realized that becoming President would take away time from his family and that is one thing he did not want to do. Of course he wanted to become President but he knew he could not have both things. In 1992, Bill Clinton approached Al offered him the position of becoming the Vice President to him in his candidacy. Al agreed to this and they started campaigning together. They won the election that same year in 1992. The theme of their Presidency was to "reinvent the government." In the four years Al VP to Bill, he did many things to better the country. He helped invent the National Information Infrastructure, helped with the making of the White House website, he was there for the opening of the GLOBE program, and he was also introduced to Digital Earth. Many years later when President Clinton's affair became public, and was impeached, Al chose to stand by him and support him no matter what the cause.
I enjoyed reading this book because I had always thought Al Gore was a bad Vice President. Sure he made a couple of mistakes here and there, but who doesn't when you are in the public eye? Being a democrat, I am sure he was an advocate for Pro-Choice and maybe the first steps of the nation accepting homosexuality as a normality. This book opened my eyes to see that not all democrats are necessarily bad people. He is a very smart man and he did many things for the better of the country. But, I am glad that President Bush won over him because, even though they came from similar backgrounds, I think that Bush did a excellent job as the President of America and did many great things while being in office.