Tomorrow is the big day. It’s publication day for Al Gore’s “The Future,” a book that the Random House publicity machine touts as a “frank and clear-eyed assessment of six critical drivers of global change in the decades to come.”
Sounds like a lot of fun. I might be a little late for work tomorrow.
The former senator, coiner of the "intellectual superway" image of the Internet, Vice President, Presidential candidate, financier, multi-millionaire and Apple board member kicks off his PR push tomorrow at Manhattan’s 92nd St. Y, the intellectual hub of the Big Apple.
The evening may score very high on the pretention scale as Al talks about The Future with Charlie Rose of PBS fame.
Gore then hits the road with book tour slots slated through Feb. 16 at high-profile venues such as the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, National Constitutional Center, JFK Library and Union League Club (Chicago).
Gore’s book is bound to be a best-seller. His pitch of “Earth Inc.” as a new holistic entity calling for new relationships among governments, consumers, militaries, media, manufacturers and labor is also bound to rekindle the “Mr. Ozone” image of Al that was conjured up by President Bush I.
There is no middle ground when it comes to Gore. He’s either a hero or blowhard. One thing for sure: Gore stirs up debate about important issues. His “Inconvenient Truth” put global warming on the nation’s front-burner. Another truth: Gore is a national treasure.
Al sold-out his performance at the 92 Y. Tickets began at $29, which included an autographed book. Amazon has discounted the $30 hardcover to $18.36. A Kindle version goes for $13.99.
It’s money well spent.