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The Prince Of Tennessee: The Rise Of Al Gore

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
In The Prince of Tennessee, David Maraniss and Ellen Nakashima explore in rich detail the forces that have shaped Al Gore's life, and the ways that his past offers clues to what kind of president he would be. The Gore who comes to life in these pages is an intelligent and competent man, struggling with self-doubt and insecurity that explain his bureaucratic obsession with ...more
Kindle Edition, 330 pages
Published (first published August 1st 2000)
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May 22, 2009 Shari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of 4 or 5 books on Al Gore that were written right before the 2000 election. It is primarily about his life before becoming the Vice President; there is only minimal information here about his interactions with Bill Clinton. It is a compelling story of a man far more complicated than is typically shown through the media, and the book is all the more interesting when read in 2009, when we know more fully what Al Gore's future has in store for him. There is a paragraph or two about thi ...more
Mar 25, 2008 Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Al Gore is why I converted from my Republican upbringing to becoming an active Democrat.

His nomination acceptance speech in 2000 was inspiring and awakened me. I read this book right after.

The book is a decent accounting of Gore's life, but lacked in parts. I would be interested in reading another biography of Gore, since I'm sure there are more that have been written (or are being written now) in the momentous eight years since I read this.
Feb 14, 2010 Shawna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An informative book, though not always very interesting. Gore seems to have spent his life trying to impress his family and trying to live up to their expectations. He seems in general to be a moral person with some defects: insecure, exagerates, not always able to see what is important.
By the end of this book I just felt sorry for him, it seems his life was not his own.
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David Maraniss is an associate editor at The Washington Post and the author of four critically acclaimed and bestselling books, When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton, They Marched Into Sunlight War and Peace, Vietnam and America October 1967, and Clemente The Passion and Grace of Baseballs Last Hero. He is also the author of The Clinto ...more
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