Packed with news-making disclosures and written with the drive of a legal thriller, Too Close to Call takes 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 Call is endlessly surprising, frequently poignant, and wholly addictive.
From the Hardcover edition.
My daughter had to read it for a summer social studies assignment. I remembered the events vividly, and Mr. Read morePublished 10 days ago by R. A. Simon
It's impossible to put this book down, even though you know the ending. Toobin points out the missteps of the Gore campaign, and the personal qualities that crippled Gore's ability... Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. W. Grace
Great book by a great author. Provides deep insight into both the intricacies of the laws
controlling appellate courts, the politics inside the courts, and the personalities... Read more
As an attorney, the US Supreme Court's decision in Bush vs. Gore has rankled me since it was handed down in 2000. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mikemac09
I enjoyed the book a lot. It brought back many memories of that period when we were all holding our breath to see who would win. I was rooting for Gore. Read morePublished 23 months ago by kath12
This book arrived quickly and pristinely. Five stars for the service. Negative 5 stars because this book SUCKS ____ (you fill in the blank). Read morePublished on July 19, 2012 by Douglas
Jeffrey Ross Toobin (born 1960) is an American lawyer, author, and legal analyst for CNN and The New Yorker; he has also written books such as The Nine: Inside the Secret World of... Read morePublished on June 22, 2012 by Steven H Propp
It's stunning what the Bush campaign managed to do in the 2000 election. Toobin gives the full account, and it's shocking.Published on May 20, 2012 by Wendy W. Contos
This is a wonderfully told history of the 36-day contest for the presidency after the 2000 election. Read morePublished on February 28, 2012 by John