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Too Close to Call The Thirty-Six-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election

ISBN-10: 0375761071
ISBN-13: 9780375761072
Edition: N/A
Authors: Jeffrey Toobin
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Description: From the best-selling author ofA Vast ConspiracyandThe Run of His LifecomesToo Close to Call--the definitive story of the Bush-Gore presidential recount. A political and legal analyst of unparalleled journalistic skill, Jeffrey Toobin is the ideal  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/8/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

From the best-selling author ofA Vast ConspiracyandThe Run of His LifecomesToo Close to Call--the definitive story of the Bush-Gore presidential recount. A political and legal analyst of unparalleled journalistic skill, Jeffrey Toobin is the ideal writer to distill the events of the thirty-six anxiety-filled days that culminated in one of the most stunning Supreme Court decisions in history. Packed with news-making disclosures and written with the drive of a legal thriller,Too Close to Calltakes us inside James Baker's private jet, through the locked gates to Al Gore's mansion, behind the covered-up windows of Katherine Harris's office, and even into the secret conference room of the United States Supreme Court. As the scene shifts from Washington to Austin and into the remote corners of the enduringly strange Sunshine State, Toobin's book will transform what you thought you knew about the most extraordinary political drama in American history. The Florida recount unfolded in a kaleidoscopic maze of bizarre concepts (chads, pregnant and otherwise), unfamiliar people in critically important positions (the Florida Supreme Court), and familiar people in surprising new places (the Miami relatives of Elián González, in a previously undisclosed role in this melodrama). With the rich characterization that is his trademark, Toobin portrays the prominent strategists who masterminded the campaigns--the Daleys and the Roves--and also the lesser-known but influential players who pulled the strings, as well as the judges and justices whose decisions determined the final outcome. Toobin gives both camps a treatment they have not yet received--remarkably evenhanded, nonpartisan, and entirely new. The post-election period posed a challenge to even the most zealous news junkie: how to keep up with what was happening and sort out the important from the trivial. Jeffrey Toobin has now done this--and then some. With clarity, insight, humor, and a deep understanding of the law, he deconstructs the events, the players, and the often Byzantine intricacies of our judicial system. A remarkable account of one of the most significant periods in our country's history,Too Close to Callis endlessly surprising, frequently poignant, and wholly addictive.

Jeffrey Toobin has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1993 and is also the legal analyst for ABC News. He received his A.B. from Harvard College and is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. Toobin lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

Cast of Characters
Chronology: Recount 2000
Prologue: Florida Sunrise
A Big Problem
The Flight of Recount One
"People Get Screwed Every Day"
In for a Landing
The Palm Beach Story
Shall Versus May
"This is Guatemala"
Cold Winds in Tallahassee
Mayor Loco, Crazy Joe, and the Battle of Miami
Thanksgiving Stuffing
Rstone@Goamerica.net
Lose Slow, Lose Fast
Great Americans
"Fourth Down and Long"
Irreparable Harm
"Al Sharpton Tactics"
Epilogue: Moving on
Source Notes and Acknowledgements
Index

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