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Joined at the Heart [Hardcover]

Al Gore , Tipper Gore , Jr. Gore Albert

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company; First Edition edition (Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805068937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805068931
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 16 x 3.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,166,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A wandering path... 18 Dec 2002
By John Zxerce - Published on Amazon.com
I was shocked and truly disappointed when the Gores decided not to run in '04. However, I was also disappointed in this book of theirs.
The Gores write about how the 'family' is changing, but they don't really define what `family' is. In other words, what is essential to 'family' which cannot change? What is necessary? Are college roommates 'family'? Are co-workers 'family'? Are people who ride the bus together 'family'? I think the Gores fail to make a distinction between the `family' and `community' -- possibly in the hopes of being all-inclusive. As a result, they're political correctness ends up turning the entity of the family into a watery, vanilla mush.
An additional disappointment was that the Gores make very few suggestions/recommendations on how to improve or strengthen the family. They site statistics and problems, but no answers. That's frustrating. They spent an entire book on the subject, but don't have any solutions?
The Gores explore many ways in which the idea of family is being redefined. However, I wish they had explained why some of those changes are 'bad' and some are 'good'. That is, day-care is viewed as bad, but alternative family make-up is viewed as good. What are they using to determine their what the family should be? Is it personal preference? Is it unchangable principle? Is it polling data? This is unclear.
In short, this book is little more than a few personal experiences and some general observations. It could have been so much more.
23 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to see what all the fuss was about 8 Dec 2002
By "debcee" - Published on Amazon.com
After reading such widely-divergent reviews, I had to see what was really "stirring the pot" here. The book was curiously disappointing; I kept hoping for more substance, something more than easy platitudes about what the American family means. Is this the place that the family-oriented Mr. and Mrs. Gore have come in their lives, a place where there are no fresh ideas or solutions? While some of the descriptions were intended to be and did appear tender, I was bothered by the selectivity, thinking of the families whose stories weren't represented here. (Actually, I was more impressed by the sincerity of the Tipper Gore who stood up to big record companies in the name of family values to stop profane and violent lyrics, than the one who co-wrote this book.) Unfortunately, this effort seems to straddle between being for family values and an apologia for those who would erode the standards that "family values" require. I didn't hate it, but it didn't engage me either.
27 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The grass is greener on the Cosby Show, too 7 Dec 2002
By D. Friedman - Published on Amazon.com
Al Gore and his fawning wife aim to create a portrait of the family as a way of establishing his street cred should he decide to (hopefully, for the benefit of his Republican benefactors) run for president again. Simply put the book is a naive, sentimental and sentenetious ode to piousness. The piousness to which I allude here is not piousness in the religious sense, but rather piousness to Democrats' ideals: equality, egalitarianism, sentiment, romance, et cetera. While his views on homosexuals are admirable and slightly interesting, so much of his words are strained and so much of his prose is calculated that the book ought not be called 'Joined At the Heart', but, rather, ought to be a play on Jack Welch's 'Straight from the Gut': 'Straight from a Political Consultant.' If you have ever heard a spin doctor try to contextualize a flippant remark made by a politician (think Ari Fleischer covering up for a gaffe by Paul O'Neill) you will have an idea of the mess that is this book. It tries to appease every constituency except that of the far right and offend none and in doing so devolves into a depressing mediocrity that is at the abject center of Democrats' listlessness in recent elections. Save yourself the money and buy a book by Dr. Seuss if you want insight into the nature of the world.
30 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Silly socialism 28 Jan 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Are you kidding, this vomit should be banned from the reading list of any sentient human, especially American humans. Their portrayal of "family" is a joke. These folks are disfunctional at a basic level and they're merely trying to turn political noteriety and a liberal TV media soapbox into cash, while people still remember their names.
23 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Bedtime Reading! 6 Dec 2002
By Frederick A. Iannotti - Published on Amazon.com
I see that as of today, ..., Al's book is ranked 50,034 on Amazon. Seems a little high. This is a tricky book, because, although it's a good non-narcotic substitute for sleeping pills, when you dip into the well of Al Gore's mind, you have to be careful not to slip over the line into narcolepsy. Incredibly boring stuff, by a true stiff. I skimmed the first few chapters in the bookstore, and found myself nodding off still standing. You just gotta admit that Al is a powerful writer...better than Sominex!
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