Bush v. Gore: Exposing the Hidden Crisis in American Democracy


This first paperback edition of Charles Zelden's highly regarded study of Bush v. Gore abridges and updates the original while bringing into sharp focus the essentials of the case for students and general readers.

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This first paperback edition of Charles Zelden's highly regarded study of Bush v. Gore abridges and updates the original while bringing into sharp focus the essentials of the case for students and general readers.

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Editorial Reviews

Law and History Review
Clear, balanced, and quite engaging. . . . [written] in a way that is comprehensible even to non-legal readers. An impressive feat.
Dallas Morning News
A must-read for anyone who cares about the future of American democracy.
Law and Politics Book Review
Zelden's book reads as a journalistic account, with the drama of a novel. . . . Invaluable to scholars and students.
H-Net Reviews
A masterful synthesis that promises to be a classic work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700617494
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Edition description: Abridged and Updated
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles L. Zelden is professor of history at Nova Southeastern University in Broward County. His previous books include Battle for the Black Ballot: Smith v. Allwright and the Defeat of the Texas All-White Primary and Voting Rights on Trial. He was an on-air commentator during the 2000 election for the local NBC News affiliate in Miami and other media.

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Table of Contents

Editors' Preface vii

Preface: The Case That Must Be Named ix

Acknowledgments xiii

1 A Vote Too Close to Call 1

2 Enter the Lawyers 17

3 Eye of the Beholder 37

4 The Battlefield of Litigation 61

5 The Ticking of the Clock 84

6 Ballots before the Bench 112

7 "A Florida Hurricane Heading to Washington" 139

8 Headfirst into the Political Thicket 166

9 A Self-Inflicted Wound? 189

10 The Unlearned Lessons of 2000 230

Afterword: The Process Matters 259

Postscript: Lessons Still Unlearned 265

Chronology: A Time Line of Events for the 2000 Presidential Postelection Crisis 273

Bibliographic Essay 287

Index 295

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