Books by Al Gore

Released: July 25, 2017

"A powerful how-to package for aspiring activists."
A decidedly upbeat follow-up to the former vice president's groundbreaking 2006 book, An Inconvenient Truth.Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"Provocative, smart, densely argued—and deserving of a wide audience and wider discussion."
A tour de force of Big Picture thinking in which the former vice president gets his inner wonk on. Read full book review >
Released: April 28, 2011

"A model for translating books to the small screen (iPhone as well as iPad), and at a bargain price."
Al Gore's 2009 book proves an ideal fit for an iPad app, one of the best that we've seen. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2007

A bestselling tie-in book, now adapted for middle- and high-school readers by Jane O'Connor, accompanied the award-winning documentary film about global warming, from Vice President Gore. Gore has contributed a new introduction, and a new table of contents clarifies his argument. Most of the illustrations have been retained. Beginning with an introduction to the issue, the evidence is presented in striking then-and-now pictures, simple graphs and straightforward, clearly written text. Some of the logic of individual bits of his original presentation has been lost in the simplification, but readers are likely to be familiar with his examples and the potential consequences: storms, floods, droughts, changes at the poles and in the oceans, public-health issues and even the rhythm of the seasons. Gore points out the effects of the population explosion and political denial but holds out hope that this crisis can also provide an opportunity for change. Four simple action steps are suggested, and readers are referred to the website from the film for further information. Multiple copies should be in every school and library. (acknowledgements, credits, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 12, 2002

"Doesn't add anything to the existing literature and feels like promotional material for the Gores' annual Family Re-Union conference. (9 photos, not seen; resources list)"
The former veep and his wife examine the American family and its metamorphosis since 1960. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 22, 1992

Senator Gore (Tennessee), who was known as the environmental candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination last time around, says here that he strayed from that concentration when pollsters steered him onto other issues—and that he now has redirected himself to saving the earth. His book is not just another roundup summary of threats to the environment, though it does include chapters on water problems, deforestation, and the genetic erosion of the global food supply, but it's a seemingly heartfelt attempt to understand and convince those (politicians and public) who deny the urgency of the problems and the need to act. Gore has a roundabout way of making his points, often diluting amazing quotes, facts, and stories by presenting them as examples or asides within the abstract frameworks he constructs in his indirect way of approaching the issues. He is fond of analogies, but the analogies can be stretched far beyond their value to illuminate—as in an entire chapter, ``Dysfunctional Civilization,'' that goes on at length about dysfunctional families, addiction, and co-dependency. And instead of using the familiar as analogy to clarify a difficult concept, he often does the opposite—for example, calling on chaos theory and Einstein's Theory of Relativity (``Bear with me'') to help us recognize the threshold for dramatic change in our relationship to the environment. Yet on particular issues he often gets caught up in conventional thinking and fails to cut through with fresh ideas. Gore's concluding recommendations for a global environmental strategy work as a thoughtful position paper but are unlikely to inspire politicians or popular action. Which, however, is not to dismiss the desirability of getting Gore's agenda in motion. So consider buying the book, displaying it, and hoping for the best. Read full book review >