Hanging Chads: The Inside Story of the 2000 Presidential Recount in Florida / Edition 1

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What's the real story behind the 2000 presidential election fiasco? Until now, there have only been biased accounts from both sides. Hanging Chads presents candid and insightful interviews with eleven of the key figures in the post-election recount in Florida, which decided whether Al Gore or George W. Bush would win the closest presidential contest ever. The book features an introduction that clearly explains the often complex and convoluted legal maneuvering that occurred during those tense thirty-six days of the recount, a timeline laying out the sequence of events, a cast of characters that identifies the key players on both sides, and a glossary of the court cases and legal terminology that came into play. Pleasants interviews the two main Florida lawyers, Dexter Douglass for Gore and Barry Richard for Bush, and discusses the decision-making process with three judges involved in key cases. The book includes the viewpoint of the press and key political players like Tom Feeney, the Florida legislature's Speaker of the House, and Mac Stipanovich, a key political advisor to Katherine Harris. In addition, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Theresa LePore explains why she chose the infamous butterfly ballot that sent the whole process into motion.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Julian Pleasants has given us the definitive book on the disputed presidential election of 2000. Hanging Chads reveals how a badly flawed Florida ballot and the denial of a recount awarded the presidency to a candidate who lost by half a million votes in the popular count."—George McGovern, former U.S. Senator and 1972 Democratic Presidential Candidate

"Julian Pleasants has provided readers with a very valuable, well researched, and dispassionate story of the very controversial presidential election of 2000 in Florida. Combining an extended introduction with informative interviews with all of the key people involved in the disputed election, Pleasants allows readers to see for themselves how events transpired in 2000. His introduction alone is worth the price of this book. Anyone interested in his fascinating story of perhaps the closest election in American history must read this book."—Reubin O'D. Askew, Governor of Florida, 1971-1979

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This book is essentially a collection of interviews conducted by the author (history, Univ. of Florida) with 11 people involved in the 2000 presidential election, its recount, and the litigation that followed. A lengthy, detailed introduction chronicles the entire saga, from the adoption of the butterfly ballot to the Supreme Court's decision; also included are a table with Florida's vote totals at the county level, a complete cast of characters, summaries of the many court cases spawned by the election and recount, and definitions of legal terms. But the interviews are the heart of the book, and they mostly make for interesting if not necessarily compelling reading. Among those interviewed are lawyers, judges, local politicians, and media representatives, and they share their respective insights, sometimes tinged with partisanship, though the book itself has no thesis or point of view. A primer on the Florida election, this book offers source materials that would allow readers to draw their own conclusions. Recommended for academic libraries, especially those with collections on contemporary American history and politics. Thomas J. Baldino, Wilkes Univ., Wilkes-Barre, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403966933
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/21/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 10.08 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Julian M. Pleasants has been teaching history at the University of Florida since 1969. His field of interest is southern politics. His books include Buncombe Bob: The Life and Times of Robert Rice Reynolds and Orange Jourbanalism: Voices from Florida Newspapers.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• Acknowledgments
• Cast of Characters
• Court Cases and Legal Terms
• County by County Votes in Florida
• List of Interviews * Part One: Palm Beach County Canvassing Board * Judge Charles Burton
• Theresa LePore
Part Two: Media and Public Information
• Lucy Morgan
• Craig Waters * Part Three: Politicians
• Tom Feeney
• Mac Stipanovich
Part Four: Judiciary
• Judge Nikki Clark
• Justice Major Harding
Part Five: Attorneys
• Dexter Douglass
• Barry Richard
• Index

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"Julian Pleasants has given us the definitive book on the disputed presidential election of 2000. Hanging Chads reveals how a badly flawed Florida ballot and the denial of a recount awarded the presidency to a candidate who lost by half a million votes in the popular count."--George McGovern, former U.S. Senator and 1972 Democratic Presidential Candidate

"Julian Pleasants has provided readers with a very valuable, well researched, and dispassionate story of the very controversial presidential election of 2000 in Florida. Combining an extended introduction with informative interviews with all of the key people involved in the disputed election, Pleasants allows readers to see for themselves how events transpired in 2000. His introduction alone is worth the price of this book. Anyone interested in his fascinating story of perhaps the closest election in American history must read this book."--Reubin O'D. Askew, Governor of Florida, 1971-1979

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