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Campaign 2000

The Political Bookstore presents books by and about (for the most part) announced and possible candidates for president in 2000.  Look for more selections as the campaigns begin to heat up this summer. 

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Bob Zelnick gives Vice President Al Gore a critical once-over on these pages, chronicling his rise from a life on Embassy Row as the son of Senator Al Gore Sr. to his vice-presidency in the Clinton administration. Although not a hatchet job, the book does linger over the more controversial aspects of Gore's professional life: Zelnick clearly delights in recounting Gore's questionable fundraising practices (remember the 1996 Buddhist temple incident?), how today's antismoking animus clashes with his onetime pride in tobacco farming, his flip-flop on abortion and awkward attempts to justify it, his environmental extremism, and his incautious rhetoric ("no controlling legal authority"). Readers will also appreciate several sharp observations that have not yet attracted much attention. "Vice President Gore, who claims paternity of the term 'information superhighway,'" writes Zelnick, "had nothing to say during the first five and a half years of his vice-presidency about the biggest problem in the history of high-tech America"--the Y2K computer bug. There are also gossipy items: the Gores "resented the treatment their son had received" following a smoking - and - drinking - in- the - woods - with - girls incident and transferred Al III from one posh Washington prep school to another. On the whole, Gore skeptics will have their doubts affirmed--and his allies will confront troubling questions about the man who would be president. --John J. Miller
Gore : A Political Life
by Bob Zelnick

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Global warming.  The deteriorating ozone layer. The rapid destruction of the world's rain forests.  Rising carbon dioxide levels. This bestselling work on our planet's environmental crisis gives a shocking account of just how serious all of these problems have become. New foreword by the author.

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Earth in the
Balance: Ecology
and the Human
by Al Gore

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Common Sense Government:
Works Better
and Costs Less
by Al Gore

The Vice President's book on cutting government waste and makeing government more accountable.

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Recounts the life of the 1992 Democratic candidate for vice
president, including his youth on a Tennessee farm under the influence of his father, a popular congressman, his tour of duty in Vietnam, and his celebrated record in Congress.

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Al Gore Jr.:
His Life and
by Hank Hillin

See Also:

Al Gore : Vice
President of the
United States (All
the President's
Men and Women)
(Ages 9-12)
by Bob Italia


Environmental Gore:
A Constructive
Response to Earth
in the Balance
by John A. Baden

Tipper Gore: A Voice
for the Voiceless

(Ages 9-12)
by Joann Bren Guernsey

The flattering portrait of the Second Lady focuses on her devotion to her family and participation in projects to help children, the homeless, and the mentally ill. Guernsey sometimes makes Gore seem overly saintly -- especially when recounting her campaign to warn parents against sexually explicit or violent rock-music lyrics -- but the text competently conveys Gore's varied accomplishments
and good-natured personality.


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A New Birth of Freedom
by Steve Forbes

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Faith of My Fathers
by John McCain

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A superb memoir that concludes with an exciting vision of what this country can be, Time Present, Time Past recounts a classic American journey. Former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley speaks with affection about his small-town upbringing, traces the road he took through professional sports to public service, and vividly brings to life the world of a U.S. senator.

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Time Present,
Time Past:
A Memoir
by Bill Bradley

Also available in Hardcover

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Life on the Run
by Bill Bradley

Almost two decades after its original publication and more than 15 years after its author retired from the New York Knicks to become a U.S. Senator, Bradley's account of 20 days in a pro basketball season remains a classic in sports literature. Readers are taken from the teamwork of a winning game to the loneliness of a hotel room in a strange city.

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In ten essays, former U.S. senator and member of two championship New York Knicks teams, Bill Bradley, returns to the scene of his first career and passion -- basketball-- to illustrate how the"right stuff" on the court is a proving ground for the "right stuff" in life.

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Values of the
by Bill Bradley

A Sense of Where You
Are:  A Profile of William
Warren Bradley
by John A. McPhee

First published in 1965, A Sense of Where You Are is the literary equivalent of a harmonic convergence, a  remarkable confluence of two talents--John McPhee and Bill Bradley--at the beginning of what would prove to be long and distinguished careers. While McPhee would blossom into one of the best nonfiction writers of the last 35 years, Bradley segued from an all - American basketball player at Princeton, to Rhodes Scholar, to NBA star, to three terms in the U.S. Senate.

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Like Profiles in Courage, written some forty years before, Courage Is Contagious is a
remarkable document about everyday Americans helping to reshape America. Written by Congressman John Kasich, the book profiles twenty men and women from across the country who have, through their own courage, determination, and generous hearts, attempted to improve the lot of their fellow citizens.  A genuine beacon of light in a world grown increasingly pessimistic and distrustful, Courage Is Contagious is the kind of book that will offer hope and inspiration to all who read it.

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Courage Is
Contagious: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary
Things to Change
the Face of America
by John Kasich

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Profiles in Courage
by John F. Kennedy

The Pulitzer Prize-winning account of men of principle, integrity and bravery in American politics is here available in a handsome illustrated format. Eight men who served the United States Senate were selected by John F. Kennedy as models of virtue and courage under pressure. These eight men persevered in their pursuit of justice and the right path, in spite of the coercion and vilification
of the majority.

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See Also:

A Few Good Women: Breaking the Barriers
to Top Management
by Jane White, Foreword by Elizabeth Dole

Elizabeth Dole :
A Leader in
(Ages 9-12)
by Eileen Lucas

Great Political
Wit: Laughing
(Almost) All the
Way to the White
by Robert J. Dole

(Now) Famous for his delectably dry humor, Senator Bob Dole brings us the ultimate bipartisan book: some of his favorite witticisms, hilarious remarks, and wry observations of the great political figures
of this century.

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Hope you enjoy my Little Plaid Book.  "I hope that you find my 'Little Plaid Book' enjoyable. If you would like to learn more about my experiences in politics or help me in my future aspirations please contact my Campaign for a New American Century.
-Lamar Alexander

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Little Plaid Book
by Lamar Alexander

We Know What
to Do: A Political Maverick Talks
With America
by Lamar Alexander

Presidential candidate Lamar Alexander provides an uplifting look at America. Filled with anecdotes and homespun wisdom, this book lets America speak for itself and shows that we do agree on what to do about many of the problems that face us--including crime and homelessness.  We aren't confused. It's the politicians in Washington, D.C., who are.

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Fleshing out arguments he has made as a candidate, a television commentator and a columnist, Buchanan has written not one book but three: a diatribe against the evils of globalization, a rallying call for a renewed sense of nationalism and a fascinating if selective history of the ideological struggle between protectionists and free-traders.

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The Great Betrayal:
How American Sovereignty and
Social Justice Are
Being Sacrificed to
the Gods of the
Global Economy
by Pat Buchanan

Right from the
by Patrick J. Buchanan

The story of a young man's progress from becoming the youngest editorial writer in the country to joining the staff of Richard M. Nixon to eventually being encouraged to make his own bid for the presidency. In addition, Buchanan offers policy prescriptions to guide America through the '90s.

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"In New York by the Numbers, I not only offer hundreds of
trends, rankings and charts comparing New York State and
New York City to the rest of the nation, but I also provide a
little public-policy history, some basic economics and outline a plan to revitalize the Empire State and the Big Apple. New York needs smaller government, dramatically lower taxes, deregulation and choice-based education."
--Raymond Keating

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New York by the Numbers: State and City in Perpetual Crisis
by Raymond J. Keating, Foreword by Steve Forbes

Also available in Hardcover

Letters to a Young Victim:  Hope and Healing in America's Inner Cities
by Armstrong Williams, Foreword by Steve Forbes

In a series of compassionate yet provocative letters to a young African American trying to turn his life around, one of America's leading conservatives argues that individual responsibility, not government involvement, is the key to solving the problems of our most devastated communities.

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