Too Close to Call by Jeffrey Toobin
The Thirty-Six-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election

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From the best-selling author of A Vast Conspiracy and The Run of His Life comes Too Close to Call--the definitive story of the Bush-Gore presidential recount. A political and legal analyst of unparalleled journalistic skill, Jeffrey Toobin is the ideal writer to distill the events of the thirty-six anxiety-filled days that culminated in one of the most stunning Supreme Court decisions in history.

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.
 

About Jeffrey Toobin

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Jeffrey Toobin has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since January, 1993.Mr. Toobin is also the legal analyst for ABC News and the author of the books, "A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal that Nearly Brought Down a President" (Random House, 2000), and "The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson" (Random House, 1996).  Since joining the magazine, Mr. Toobin has covered legal affairs and written articles on such subjects as Kenneth Starr's investigation of President Clinton, the Paula Jones sexual harassment case, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas,  and the trials of Timothy McVeigh and O.J. Simpson.  His article "An Incendiary Defense," published in the July 25, 1994, issue of the magazine, disclosed for the first time the Simpson defense team's plans to accuse Mark Fuhrman of planting evidence and to play "the race card."Prior to joining The New Yorker, Mr. Toobin served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Brooklyn, New York.  He also served as an associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh, an experience that provided the basis for his first book, "Opening Arguments: A Young Lawyer's First Case--United States v. Oliver North."  Mr. Toobin received his A.B. from Harvard College in 1982, and in 1986, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.  In the 1995-96 academic year, he was a fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University.  Mr. Toobin lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.
 
Published October 2, 2001 by Random House. 323 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, History. Non-fiction

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