I confess that I have not yet read Al Gore’s new book, Joined at the Heart. Of course, I’m not alone. Al and Tipper’s study of American family life currently ranks #1,018 on Amazon’s bestseller list. And I have to suspect that most of those sales are institutional–gray-haired librarians in birkenstocks ordering copies for high school kids, and so on. It’s hard to imagine a lot of actual people buying this book and reading it. Despite the Gores’ massive media push and whatever institutional sales they can muster, it is heartwarming to see their book languishing far behind G. Gordon Liddy’s When I Was a Kid, This Was a Free Country, #95, and of course Bob Woodward’s Bush at War, #2. It is also fun to read the Amazon reviewers’ comments on Joined at the Heart: “Poor Al, another blockbuster fizzled. I hope this guy can find employment somewhere.” And: “Absolute nonsense! I tried very hard to finish this book but it was impossible! It would surely be a violation of the Geneva Convention to require anyone to read it.” Most revealing, however, is Amazon’s listing of other books bought by the people who purchased Gore’s latest. This list is interesting because it is computer-generated rather than subjective. The books most commonly purchased by
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