People's Choice: A Novel / Edition 1by Jeff Greenfield
Pub. Date: 09/01/1996
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
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It was nice timing even though it was far away! I expect at least 6 days but oh well!
The United States faces a constitutional crisis as president elect MacArthur Foyle dies before the Electoral College can convene to officially enact the will of the people. When the Republican National Committee meets to endorse his inept running mate, Governor Ted Block (who does for Dan Quayle what Jack Stanton did for Bill Clinton in Primary Colors), a handful of electors object to the nomination, plunging the country into national chaos. The fate of the country suddenly lies in the hands of its electors, who must choose between Block, failed Democratic candidate Bill Mueller, and a host of other colorful write-ins. In The People¿s Choice, CNN senior political analyst Jeff Greenfield turns your high school civics teacher¿s worst nightmare about this would-be constitutional catastrophe into an easy, humorous read -- for anecdote-craving political junkies. But for the rest of us, 309 double-spaced pages are about 300 more than necessary: the underdeveloped plot is better suited as a short story parody in a weekly political science journal than a satirical novel for convenient readers. To his credit, Greenfield portrays the mayhem proficiently, sufficiently covering all the intricacies of American politics. His decades of experience in Washington (Greenfield¿s career began in the late 1950s under Bobby Kennedy, and later, as speechwriter for President Kennedy) shine through as he relives moments from numerous presidential elections.