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Posted January 30, 2005
Good But Not Great
This book was OK to read. It's a very quick read that provided some decent historical perspective on the 1876 election. It was very good on the history leading up to the election. Unfortunately, it didn't go into as much detail of the legalities involved in deciding the winner as I had hoped. The last chapter was mostly a ramble about things other than the 1876 election. There are pictures added throughout the text that have very little, if anything, to do with the content of the particular chapter they are in.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 9, 2004
I've read all of Rehnquists's books and they were all interesting, but in reading this one I wondered when the author was going to get to some point. After an all to long intro, involving nearly a third of the book, Rehnquist finally gets to 1876. He meanders around recounting, unecessarily, events leading up to 1876--giving the reader a mini-history of the United States in the process and giving miniature biographies of people who had nothing to do with the Election of 1876. So the front end has a lot of fluff and filler. Then, at last we come to the conventions and the election itself, covered in an all to compacted manner--too few pages used here. It takes 100 pages to get to election day. Then there's a recounting as to what happened. As one of reviewers above pointed out there's nothing new in the presentation...except when you get to chapter 9 on page 180 and Rehnquist discusses Justice Bradley and whether he really did change his mind overnight. That chapter is most interesting. Then the Chief Justice does the strangest thing. He closes the book with a 28 page epilogue which has absolutely nothing to do with the Election of 1876---a recitation of Justices of the Court who worked outside of the Court on various Presidential Commissions on on various Presidential errands. One wonders how an editor allowed the epilogue to be a part of the book. All in all, too much fluff and filler, too much unecessary information and irrelevancies. The reader gets about 126 pages of the Election of 1876 and its resolution--the rest could have either been left out or radically condenced. Half the book is wasted . However, read chapter 9-it is most interesting, as is the epilogue (even though it has nothing to do with the rest of the book)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 9, 2010
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