The man who would be President, Al Gore, claims he invented the internet. He also claims that he and Tipper inspired Love Story. And he says that after his sister died of lung cancer he promised to fight smoking “until his last breath,” although he continued to cash checks from the family tobacco holdings for years after.
In The World According to Gore, nationally syndicated columnist Debra Saunders goes in search of this man who seems always looking for the truth about himself. Saunders concentrates on the ideas, which Gore has tinkered with throughout his career in an attempt to build a worldview. “Whether posing as the eco-guru battling ‘consumptionism’,” she writes, “or the social theorist with a ‘Livability Agenda’ calling for federally sanctioned communities, or attacking the automobile as the scourge of civilization, or proposing universal pre-school, Al Gore is, for all his supposed woodenness, a unique figure on our political scene.
Fascinating and funny, this search for Al Gore deconstructs his carefully constructed image with wisdom and insight.