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Too Close to Call: The Thirty-Six-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election

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From the best-selling author of A Vast Conspiracy and The Run of His Life comes Too Close to Call — the definitive story of the Bush-Gore presidential recount. A political and legal analyst of unparalleled journalistic skill, Jeffrey Toobin is the ideal writer to distill the events of the thirty-six anxiety-filled days that culminated in one of the most stunning Supreme Court decisions in history.

Packed with news-making disclosures and written with the drive of a legal thriller, Too Close to Call takes us inside James Baker's private jet, through the locked gates to Al Gore's mansion, behind the covered-up windows of Katherine Harris's office, and even into the secret conference room of the United States Supreme Court. As the scene shifts from Washington to Austin and into the remote corners of the enduringly strange Sunshine State, Toobin's book will transform what you thought you knew about the most extraordinary political drama in American history.

The Florida recount unfolded in a kaleidoscopic maze of bizarre concepts (chads, pregnant and otherwise), unfamiliar people in critically important positions (the Florida Supreme Court), and familiar people in surprising new places (the Miami relatives of Elián González, in a previously undisclosed role in this melodrama). With the rich characterization that is his trademark, Toobin portrays the prominent strategists who masterminded the campaigns — the Daleys and the Roves — and also the lesser-known but influential players who pulled the strings, as well as the judges and justices whose decisions determined the final outcome. Toobin gives both camps a treatment they have not yet received — remarkably evenhanded, nonpartisan, and entirely new.

The post-election period posed a challenge to even the most zealous news junkie: how to keep up with what was happening and sort out the important from the trivial. Jeffrey Toobin has now done this — and then some. With clarity, insight, humor, and a deep understanding of the law, he deconstructs the events, the players, and the often Byzantine intricacies of our judicial system. A remarkable account of one of the most significant periods in our country's history, Too Close to Call is endlessly surprising, frequently poignant, and wholly addictive.

Synopsis:

The bestselling author of The Run of His Life and A Vast Conspiracy turns his incomparable journalistic insight to the biggest news event of 2000 and distills the complex Bush-Gore postelection drama into a definitive and completely engrossing narrative.

About the Author

Jeffrey Toobin is a staff writer at The New Yorker, the legal analyst at ABC News, and the author of the critically acclaimed bestsellers A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President and The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson. He served as an assistant United States attorney in Brooklyn and as an associate counsel in the office of independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh — which provided the basis for his book Opening Arguments: A Young Lawyer's First Case — United States Supreme Court v. Oliver North. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. Toobin lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588360632
Subtitle:
The Thirty-six-day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Toobin, Jeffery
Author:
Toobin, Jeffrey
Subject:
History
Subject:
Elections
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
History
Subject:
Political Process - Elections
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Political Science-Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Political Science-Political History
Subject:
Political Science-Political Process - Elections
Subject:
Political Science : Political Process - Elections
Subject:
Political Science : Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Political Science : Political History
Subject:
Political Science : General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Contested elections.
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
US History-Contemporary
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20011001
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
297

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