Books: A Crisis as Real as Rain

TITLE: EARTH IN THE BALANCE

AUTHOR: AL GORE

PUBLISHER: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN; 407 PAGES; $22.95

THE BOTTOM LINE: A work of intelligence and passionate authenticity.

Senator Al Gore had just turned 40 years old. His presidential campaign had broken up in the primaries the previous spring. Then, as he reports, "one afternoon in April 1989, I walked out of a baseball stadium and saw my son, Albert, then six years old, get hit by a car, fly thirty feet through the air and scrape along the pavement another twenty feet until he came to rest in a gutter." The child, at first...

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