Down & Dirty: The Plot to Steal the Presidency

Down & Dirty: The Plot to Steal the Presidency

by Jake Tapper
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Down & Dirty: The Plot to Steal the Presidency by Jake Tapper

Acclaimed journalist, Jake Tapper explains what actually happened, who got away with what and how both sides, Democrats and Republicans, plotted to steal the presidency in 2000.

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ISBN-13: 9780316832649
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/03/2001
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 528
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.31(d)

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Down & Dirty: The Plot to Steal the Presidency 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book must be all right because the author has such little respect for the major players in the Florida revote. It is almost non-partician, in that sense. The problem here is that he takes a story spun to him by a member of the Gore camp about the Bushies plot to steal the election using illegal votes. No credible news service reported this because it was made up! In spite of any evidence, by anyone, the author would like you to beleive that this probably happened. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy this book, however, if you are only going to read one book on this subject, pass this one up and buy 'Deadlock' by the Washington Post staff!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like many newsies, I was obsessed with this election. Even though I was rooting for Bush, I felt that Gore might have been shafted based on what I heard from the media. In fact, the author set me straight. Thanks for a level-headed account of the premier political brawl of our lifetime! I especially loved the reaction of the Yale statistician when he was shown to be a phoney.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a Florida resident and a news junkie, I've read several books that recount (no pun intended) the 2000 presidential election and all that went on before, during and after. Jake Tapper's book is the best account of what went on. This book is the most informative, most objective, and seemingly the most factual of the bunch that I've read. I also read Dershowitz's Roger Simon's, Bill Sammon's, Vincent Bugliosi's and Bush v. Gore by Bill Kristol and E.J. Dionne. Those are all fine books which were good reads, but 'Down and Dirty' is the best of the bunch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had me laughing and angry at the same time. This author is witty and quick. I have wanted to know for some time the details of election night. He gives detailed accounts of the moods of many diffrent players November 7th, 2000. I had not known where former Predident Clinton stood on election night until I read this book. Very interesting read. This book makes 'Deadlock' by the political staff at the Washington Post look like they never left their desks at 1150 15th st N.W. DC and just cut and pasted from old WP stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this when I noticed that liberal reviewers like Garry Wills (NYT) and conservative reviewers like Rich Lowry (National Review) both bregrudgingly admitted that Tapper made valid points. I also bought it because I noticed that Tapper annoyed Wills and Lowry for not agreeing with either of their respective takes on what happened! A book that left either one of these ideologues satisfied would not be an accurate portrayal of what really happened. As Tapper makes clear, both sides engaged in dirty tricks in an attempt to steal the election. I was a Gore supporter but it is hard to feel good about the guy after reading what Tapper reveals. And if you are a Bush zealot, then this will be tough for you because Tapper exposes a lot of lying and even a plot to cheat after election day. But I think most Americans found both candidates lacking, and this is the book for them. Tapper tells it like it is and even if you think you know what really happened in Florida, you will be surprised how much was not reported--including some major stuff. Of all the election books out there already, I think this is the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book could have been an absolute masterpiece. Unfortunately, the book is too long. The manuscript contains a fair amount of minutiae and at times makes it seem like it is just rambling on without an end in sight (ironically sort of like the Florida vote in 2000). The author also peppers his narrative with a fair amount of profanities and it makes me wonder if I'm getting my information from a reputable journalism professional or someone I'm talking to in the locker-room. With all that being said, however, the author does an absolutely wonderful job of not taking a side as to who is right and who is wrong - he correctly demonstrates that each side was willing to go to great lengths to have their candidate declared the winner. This book would have been absolutely wonderful to read if the author could have cut out some of the excruciating detail and the obscenities. However, I would still recommend it to read for the information.