The Unfinished Election Of 2000 Leading Scholars Examine America's Strangest Electionby Jack Rakove, Henry Brady (Joint Author), Alex Keyssar (Joint Author)
The Unfinished Election of 2000 gathers an outstanding group of constitutional and political scholars to address key facets of the most recent election and to show how the events of 2000 fit into a larger historical narrative of American politics and law. Perhaps no other election in U.S. history has left so many disturbing questions about how our political system
The Unfinished Election of 2000 gathers an outstanding group of constitutional and political scholars to address key facets of the most recent election and to show how the events of 2000 fit into a larger historical narrative of American politics and law. Perhaps no other election in U.S. history has left so many disturbing questions about how our political system worksfrom the very basic mechanics of vote casting to the conclusion, which many believe to have been the result of a politicized U.S. Supreme Court. The Unfinished Election of 2000 is the first book to attempt a true historical judgement and to give readers a better understanding of the election that confused and infuriated the country.
Meet the Author
Jack N. Rakove is the Coe Professor of History and American Studies at Stanford University and lives in Palo Alto, California.
Pamela S. Karlan is Montgomery Professor of Public Law at Stanford Law School and lives in Palo Alto.
Larry Kramer is Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and lives in New York City.
Alex Keyssar is Matthew G. Stirling, Jr., Professor of History and Social Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Stephen Holmes is Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and lives in New York City.
Henry Brady is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and lives in Oakland, California.
John Cooper is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin and lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
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This is an interesting contribution to what is a growing library of election 2000 books. It lacks the energizing vitriol of Vincent Bugliosi's and Alan Dershowitz's additions to the genre, but at times this is helpful, as the explainations given in this book, especially Larry Kramer's contribution, seem a lot more grounded in fact, analysis, and rationality (not that Bugliosi or Dershowitz were lacking in fact or rationality, but certain key points of their arguements go unelaborated.) However much of the book is devoted to contributions which, while interesting, have only a fringe relation to the 'juicy' parts of the last election. There are articles on voter analysis, the history of the 'right to vote' in America, which apparently doesn't exist, and an entire article on the Electoral College. To some extent it really seems like a book that could have been written abou ANY election; the uniquely bizzarre nature of the 2000 election merely added a couple of additional articles. I, to some extent, accept Jeffrey Toobin's theory (presented in his own election 2000 book) that the 2000 election was won in the gutter by Bush because he and his advisors were determined to win at any cost, and Gore was too worried about how he'd be perceived (as shown by his failure to attempt to reject the overseas military ballots). Since that is hardly a subject for an academic article, the book as a whole doesn't seem to tell the real story about what went on. Nonetheless, each article is fascinating in its own way to anyone interested in politics and american history and all articles written about the election contain airtight arguements with just enough editorialization from the authors to leave the reader more sure than ever that their guy wuz robbed.