He is an early childhood friend of Al Gore's from Carthage, Tennessee, and worked on the Gore family farm with young Al.
He attended Vanderbilt University in the mid-1950s with Nancy Gore, and he and his wife remained close friends with Nancy until her death.
He is the former director of the divinity school at Vanderbilt University. He provides insight into Gore's decision to attend divinity school and the affect his studies had on his life and career.
He is currently a reporter for Congressional Quarterly. He attended Harvard University with Gore and later worked as a reporter with Gore at the Tennessean newspaper.
A former newspaperman, he served as speechwriter and deputy press secretary in Gore's 1988 presidential campaign.
He served as chief judge to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit in Nashville until 1998. He is a family friend of the Gores, and came to know them through Nancy.
He is a political consultant and former advisor to President Clinton. He provides insight into the Clinton-Gore relationship and how the two men differ as politicians and leaders.
He served as press secretary to Gore's 1998 presidential campaign.
A colleague of Gore's during his days as a reporter at the Tennessean, he and his wife were close friends of both Al and Tipper Gore when the couple first moved to Nashville.