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The Accidental President: How 413 Lawyers, 9 Supreme Court Justices, and 5,963,110 Floridians (Give or Take a Few) Landed George W. Bush in the White House by David A Kaplan - First Edition - October 2001 - from Books of the World (SKU: RWARE0000003305)

The Accidental President: How 413 Lawyers, 9 Supreme Court Justices, and 5,963,110 Floridians (Give or Take a Few) Landed George W. Bush in the White House

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The Accidental President: How 413 Lawyers, 9 Supreme Court Justices, and 5,963,110 Floridians (Give or Take a Few) Landed George W. Bush in the White House

by David A Kaplan

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New York: William Morrow, October 2001. Hardcover. First Edition (stated) / full number line. Interior pristine. Spine straight and very tight. Jacket clean and bright. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. 323 pages.

For thirty-seven days after the disputed presidential election of 2000, the nation watched as George W. Bush and Al Gore slugged it out in the swamp. David A. Kaplan goes behind the scenes of the sanctimony and machinations. With his mordant wit and incisive storytelling, Kaplan tells us how -- contrary to popular belief -- the Supreme Court's ruling for Bush was not a foregone conclusion and why the dissenting justices thought, until the last second, they could lure the one equivocating colleague they'd derisively nicknamed "Flipper." We're in the room when Gore decides that, more than any great lawyer, the one person he needs in Recountland is . . . Erin Brockovich. We learn which Bush partisan covertly marionetted the strings behind Katherine Harris. And we're treated to sketches of the characters they called Secret Squirrel and the Fine-Looking Man and of the political operative who jumped from a moving train. Through it all -- butterflies and boils; concessions, recantations, and fraternal recriminations; lawyers, more lawyers, and 181 invocations of the phrase "uncharted waters" -- Kaplan paints a picture of an extraordinary episode for the country. There are few heroes in this tale. No person or institution comes out looking very good. "Rule of law" simply meant trying to figure out a way around the law -- realpolitik by any other name. The outcome of Bush versus Gore was a colossal fortuity, an election gone bad, made worse by an inconceivable coincidence of accidents. A lucky tactical call here, a confusing ballot there -- amid all the folly and hypocrisy, these are what landed Bush in the White House. Different turns might have cast destiny the other way. Bush was our nation's first accidental president, just as Gore would have been. This is the definitive story of those thirty-seven days and why they matter.

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Bookseller Inventory #
RWARE0000003305
Title
The Accidental President: How 413 Lawyers, 9 Supreme Court Justices, and 5,963,110 Floridians (Give or Take a Few) Landed George W. Bush in the White House
Author
David A Kaplan
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Fine
Jacket condition
Fine
Quantity available
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Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 10
0066212839
ISBN 13
9780066212838
Publisher
William Morrow
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
October 2001
Keywords
political science, elections, government, history, politics, presidential, Gore, Bush
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Politics & Government; History; Law;
Size
8vo

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