Bush v. Gore

Exposing the Hidden Crisis in American Democracy, Abridged and Updated

Abridged and Updated

Charles L. Zelden

Who could forget the Supreme Court's 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 Zelden's 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.

“A comprehensive, provocative, and timely study of the high- stakes legal drama of the 2000 presidential election.”

Publishers Weekly

“Clear, balanced, and quite engaging. . . . [written] in a way that is comprehensible even to non-legal readers. An impressive feat.”

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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.

About the Author

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.

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