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The Big Chill: The Great Unreported Story of George W. Bush's Inaugurationby Dennis Loy Johnson
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Entirely unreported in the national media, the landmark protests of president George W. Bush's inauguration day are spotlighted in this firsthand journalistic account of the massive crowd that gathered in Washington, D.C. After the chaotic and much-disputed 2000 election and subsequent recount, hundreds of thousands of protestors stood in the freezing rain for hours and attracted an unprecedented police and military presence, causing the new president to abandon the traditional walk along the parade route. Crisp, telling details capture the scenes of violence between the police and protestors, the sharpshooters lining the roofs, the ominous chants of the group known as the Black Bloc, the wacky protest signs, and the diversity of ages and backgrounds represented by the protestors.
Dennis Loy Johnson provides a gripping first person account of the enormous protest on inauguration day, which included scenes of violence and the most massive police and military presence ever in the capital — and yet went largely unreported.
What really happened in the 2000 Presidential election - and can it happen again?
It was the most tumultuous and uncertain transition of power in the history of the United States, and yet, to most Americans, what really happened in the 2000 presidential election remains unclear—something went wrong in Florida, but the Supreme Court cleared it up and then, er, everyone was happy . . . right?
But who actually won the Florida vote recount? What, exactly, did the Supreme Court decide? Was there truly no dissent? What role did the mass media play?
Melville House offers three hard-hitting books that take a close look at those very questions, based on three pieces of investigative journalism originally filed at the time, by three of the country's top journalists.
• In IRREPARABLE HARM, Renata Adler, the long-time star of the New Yorker magazine who is also an attorney and a life-long Republican, takes a blistering look at the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court decision, and uncovers numerous problems, including instances where the judges mis-cited their own previous decisions, or reversed them.
• In THE ROAD TO ILLEGITIMACY, Mark Danner, a staffer for both The New Yorker and New York Review of Books, goes to Florida to report on the final, tense counting and recounting of the actual ballots mandated after the Supreme Court decision.
• And in THE BIG CHILL, Dennis Loy Johnson provides a gripping first person account of the enormous protest on inauguration day, which included scenes of violence and the most massive police and military presence ever in the capital—and yet went largely unreported.
These three insightful books are riveting history. But more importantly, as the next presidential race intensifies, they may help troubled Americans with one of the most pressing questions we face: Can it happen again?
About the Author
Dennis Loy Johnson has contributed to Salon.com and USA Today. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. He is a former professor of creative writing and journalism at Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Iowa. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.
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