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

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Who could forget the Supreme Court's controversial 5-4 decision in Bush v. Gore or the 2000 presidential campaign and election that preceded it? Hanging chads, butterfly ballots, endless recounts, raucous allegations, and a constitutional crisis were all roiled into a confusing and potentially dangerous mix—until the Supreme Court decision allowed George W. Bush to become the 43rd President of the United States, despite losing the popular vote to Al Gore.

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Overview

Who could forget the Supreme Court's controversial 5-4 decision in Bush v. Gore or the 2000 presidential campaign and election that preceded it? Hanging chads, butterfly ballots, endless recounts, raucous allegations, and a constitutional crisis were all roiled into a confusing and potentially dangerous mix—until the Supreme Court decision allowed George W. Bush to become the 43rd President of the United States, despite losing the popular vote to Al Gore.

Praised by scholars and political pundits alike, the original edition of Charles Zelden's book set a new standard for our understanding of that monumental decision. A probing chronicle and critique of the vexing and acrimonious affair, it offered the most accurate and up-to-date analysis of a remarkable episode in American politics. Highly readable, its comprehensive coverage, depth of documentation and detail, and analytic insights remain unrivaled on the subject.

In this first paperback edition, Zelden has abridged and simplified the original to focus on the core story and its essential details, greatly increasing its appeal for a wider and more diverse readership, including students and general readers. He has also added a postscript that deals with developments of the past decade relating to the case.

Like the original edition, this volume distills the events, issues, and voluminous commentary relating to Bush v. Gore into a sharply insightful and nonpartisan account of a remarkable election, the crisis it produced, and the litigation that followed. Ultimately, it shows that both the election controversy of 2000 and Bush v. Gore signaled major flaws in our electoral system that remain with us today.

This book is part of the Landmark Law Cases and American Society series."A superior achievement. Zelden writes clearly and precisely, laying the issues out patiently and thereby presenting a convincing account of such matters as overvotes and undervotes and dimpled and hanging chads. I also admire his nonpartisan restraint. While it's clear that he finds aspects of the Court's decision disappointing or unconvincing, he doesn't have a large axe to grind, which is what makes his critique so persuasive."—James T. Patterson, Bancroft Prize winner and author of Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to Bush v. Gore

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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
  • Pages: 305
  • Sales rank: 1,451,159
  • 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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