Bush v. Gore : exposing the hidden crisis in American democracy /
Charles L. Zelden.
Abridged and updated ed.
Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c2010.
xv, 305 p. ; 22 cm.
0700617493 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780700617494 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c2010.
0700617493 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780700617494 (pbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
A vote too close to call -- Enter the lawyers -- Eye of the beholder -- The battlefield of litigation -- The ticking of the clock -- Ballots before the bench -- "A Florida hurricane heading to Washington" -- Headfirst into the political thicket -- A self-inflicted wound? -- The unlearned lessons of 2000.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 287-294) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
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.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2008-07-01:
Zelden (history, Nova Southeastern Univ., Miami) offers a thorough analysis of the legal arguments behind the Supreme Court decision Bush v. Gore, making clear that his book is not a history of the 2000 election itself but an examination of the election's legal issues and their aftermath. He argues that the voting errors that led to the historic Bush v. Gore decision have not been corrected and still threaten the democratic process. He also argues that the Supreme Court did not seize its opportunity to address flaws in the electoral process that came to a head in 2000 and that the ramifications of Bush v. Gore have been largely ignored. Zelden believes that ignoring the lessons of the decision has harmed American democracy. Each of the book's ten chapters recounts and discusses a particular portion of the case's time line, from election night through the recounts and finally the Supreme Court's opinion that declared George W. Bush the winner. An afterword addresses the problems that have persisted since 2000 and how they have not been solved. Academic libraries will want to add this book, with thorough and useful sourcing, to their collections. Some public libraries may wish to add as well.--Becky Kennedy, Atlanta-Fulton P.L. Syst., Atlanta (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2009-05-01:
Although Zelden's book uses Bush v. Gore as a starting point for discussion, it is not primarily intended as an entry into the ongoing (and often tired) debate about the legitimacy of the Court's intervention into the 2000 election. Rather, Zelden (history, Nova Southeastern Univ.) uses a detailed discussion of the Florida election crisis to explore larger issues with the US electoral system. With lucid (if sometimes dense) prose, Zelden clearly lays out the potential problems that the 2000 constitutional crisis revealed, including frequently unreliable (and inequitably distributed) voting technology, wild variances in access to the ballot, elections manned by "under-trained and overwhelmed volunteer election officials," and poorly drafted election statutes that lead to inevitable disputes in close elections. In addition to laying out these difficulties, Zelden also includes a chapter of thoughtful proposals for reform. Accessible to undergraduates but sophisticated enough for graduate students and scholars, this insightful book makes a valuable contribution and will be useful for students of US government and elections. Summing Up: Recommended. All undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. S. Lemieux Hunter College
Main Description
Who could forget the Supreme Courts 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 Zeldens 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. "Zeldens book reads as a journalistic account, with the drama of a novel, but with circumstances that are stranger than fiction. . . . Invaluable to scholars, students, and anyone interested in understanding the confusion and the litigation that surrounded the 2000 presidential election in Florida."-Law and Politics Book Review "A masterful synthesis that promises to be a classic work, Zeldens book recaptures the suspense, confusion, and frustration of the 2000 presidential election, and infuses it with renewed relevance."-H-Net Reviews
Main Description
This first paperback edition of Charles Zelden's highly regarded study of Bush v. Gore abridges and updates the original while bringing into sharp focus the essentials of the case for students and general readers. Book jacket.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Zelden offers a comprehensive and thoughtful study of the high-stakes legal drama of the 2000 presidential election. He doggedly documents the strategies of the troops of lawyers from the Bush and Gore camps, the seesaw of court victories and defeats, the transparent machinations of the local political machinery, and more.
Table of Contents
Editors' Prefacep. vii
Preface: The Case That Must Be Namedp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
A Vote Too Close to Callp. 1
Enter the Lawyersp. 17
Eye of the Beholderp. 37
The Battlefield of Litigationp. 61
The Ticking of the Clockp. 84
Ballots before the Benchp. 112
"A Florida Hurricane Heading to Washington"p. 139
Headfirst into the Political Thicketp. 166
A Self-Inflicted Wound?p. 189
The Unlearned Lessons of 2000p. 230
Afterword: The Process Mattersp. 259
Postscript: Lessons Still Unlearnedp. 265
Chronology: A Time Line of Events for the 2000 Presidential Postelection Crisisp. 273
Bibliographic Essayp. 287
Indexp. 295
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