Rodale to publish Gore sequel

[12 September 2007]

By Kurt Blumenau

The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) (MCT)

Al Gore is coming back with more inconvenient truths. And again, Rodale of Emmaus, Pa., will publish them.

The former vice president, whose global-warming warning “An Inconvenient Truth” topped best-seller lists last year, is at work on a sequel called “The Path to Survival,” Rodale has confirmed.

The book is slated to be published April 22, the next Earth Day. Like “An Inconvenient Truth,” it will appear in paperback, but not hardcover.

Paperback “is a format that’s more accessible to more people,” said Leigh Haber, vice president and editorial director with Rodale’s book division.

Haber said Gore’s new book will focus on potential solutions to global climate change. Some readers of “An Inconvenient Truth” felt they had learned about the problem, but not about how to solve it, she said.

Gore will interview leaders working on social, political and philosophical approaches, Haber said.

“He will be pushing for answers,” she said.

“An Inconvenient Truth” has been one of Rodale’s strongest-selling titles, landing atop The New York Times’ best-seller list for nonfiction paperbacks last summer. About 700,000 copies are in print, according to the company.

A movie version of “An Inconvenient Truth” won an Academy Award for best documentary. Haber said Rodale does not know of any plans to turn the sequel into a movie.

Rodale, which is family-run and privately held, had sales of $586 million last year.

Its magazine titles include Prevention, Runner’s World and Men’s Health. Other top-selling Rodale books include the South Beach Diet series, by Dr. Arthur Agatston, and “My Prison Without Bars,” by disgraced baseball hero Pete Rose.

Rodale has also published a revised version of “Earth in the Balance,” an environmental title by Gore that preceded “An Inconvenient Truth.”

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