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The story of Alexander's early inauguration--the only one of its kind in American history--is told with page-turning intensity"
--The Claremont Institute
"There is so much to enjoy about this book whose title of Coup, connoting anarchy, violence and warring factions, ironically relates a success story of political rivals in transitioning power. It is a testament to the character of the people involved and also a testament to the cando state of Tennessee."
--Tennessee Bar Journal
"A recommended read for anyone interested in Tennessee history or politics."
--Tom Humphrey, Knoxville News Sentinel
"...a deeply-researched, highly engrossing, minute-by-minute account of the day a bunch of Democrats ousted their crooked governor and installed a Republican before his scheduled inauguration"
--Betty Bean, Shopper News
"There was a time when government was willing to act. Keel Hunt was a key player on one such occasion in Tennessee and tells the story with elegance and precision. This book tells about government doing what's needed--quickly, without hand-wringing and without seeking partisan advantage. Every elected official in America should read it."
--Philip Bredesen, former Governor of Tennessee
"This is a story about men of different political parties who found ourselves in a place none of us wanted to be and how we worked together over a few hours to do something unprecedented but necessary that none of us wanted to do. What fascinates me 34 years later is how much I did not know about what had happened until I read Keel Hunt's book."
--Lamar Alexander, U.S. Senator
"Keel Hunt gives us a fascinating account of an important moment in Tennessee history. It's a story of a time when Tennesseans of both parties came together to resolve a crisis that had rocked the state."
--Fred Thompson, former U.S. Senator