Down for the Count

Down for the Count

eBook - 2016
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Down for the Count explores the tawdry history of elections in the United States?a chronicle of votes bought, stolen, suppressed, lost, miscounted, thrown into rivers, and litigated up to the U.S. Supreme Court?and uses it to explain why we are now experiencing the biggest backslide in voting rights in more than a century. This thoroughly revised edition, first published to acclaim and some controversy in 2005 as Steal This Vote , reveals why America is unique among established Western democracies in its inability to run clean, transparent elections. And it demonstrates, in crisp, clear, accessible language, how the partisan battles now raging over voter ID, out-of-control campaign spending, and minority voting rights fit into a long, largely unspoken tradition of hostility to the very notion of representative democracy. Andrew Gumbel has interviewed Democrats, Republicans, and a range of voting rights activists to offer a multifaceted, deeply researched, and engaging critical assessment of a system whose ostensible commitment to democratic integrity so often falls apart on contact with race, money, and power. In an age of high-stakes electoral combat, billionaire-backed candidacies, and bottom-of-the-barrel campaigning, there can be no better time to reissue this troubling and revealing book.
Publisher: [S.I.] : The New Press, 2016.
ISBN: 9781620971697
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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StarGladiator
Apr 07, 2016

As one of the many descendants of the NYC reporter who reported on Tammany Hall and coined the descriptive word // shyster \\ [a popular Dutch nickname at that time for the fellows who cleaned up the horse droppings from behind horse-drawn carriages] which was applied to corrupt politicians - - who also tended to practise the law - - I believe this to be an outstanding book!
Read the previous version and have heard the author in an interview - - one of the major solutions: National Voter Registration!

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