"Weiner provides a lively play-by-play of a recount that fascinated the state, if not the nation." —The New Yorker
"Those who were pulling for Al Franken will enjoy this detailed account of how the 2008 Senate race in Minnesota and its subsequent recount contributed to the Democrats' total of 60 senators—the magic number needed to beat back a Republican filibuster. As nasty, ugly and unappealing as the battle between Franken and Norm Coleman was, watching the two sides explore every opportunity to pick up a vote or three in the post-election recount was just fascinating. No, it wasn't Florida, as the title suggests. The presidency was not at stake. And in that contest, the Democrats lost. But they won in Minnesota in the Great Recount of 2009. And if nothing else, the moral of the story is that every vote—every vote—counts." —Ken Rudin
"Weiner’s lively description of the ins and outs of the recount battle will please election junkies, political scientists and political consultants." —Kirkus Reviews
"The epic Franken-Coleman affair made Bush-Gore 2000 seem like a brief encounter. What the national media in DC observed through binoculars, Jay Weiner saw through a microscope. He's written a vivid tale of legal wrangling, political manuevering, and chutzpah told with a sportswriter's flair that puts to rest the notion that middle American politics are dull and shows that 'Minnesota nice' is nothing but an outdated cliche." —Glenn Thrush, POLITICO
About the Author
Jay Weiner's coverage of the 2008 U.S. Senate recount and election contest between Norm Coleman and Al Franken earned him the 2008 Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Award, Minnesota's highest journalism honor. A sports journalist with the Minneapolis Star Tribune for twenty-eight years, he has written for the Twin Cities-based news Web site MinnPost.com since 2007 and is the author of Stadium Games: Fifty Years of Big League Greed and Bush League Boondoggles, also from the University of Minnesota Press. He lives and works in St. Paul.