Down for the Count: Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in America

Andrew Gumbel (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$18.95  $17.43
Publisher
New Press
Publish Date
April 12, 2016
Pages
304
Dimensions
5.4 X 0.9 X 8.2 inches | 0.8 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781620971680

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About the Author

Andrew Gumbel is a British-born journalist, based in Los Angeles, who has won awards for his work as an investigative reporter, a political columnist, and a feature writer. He is a regular contributor to The Guardian and the author of Won't Lose This Dream and the co-editor (with David W. Orr, William S. Becker, and Bakari Kitwana) of Democracy Unchained (both from The New Press). He is also the author of Oklahoma City: What the Investigation Missed, and Why It Still Matters.

Reviews

Praise for Andrew Gumbel's "Steal This Vote"
"In a riveting and frightening account, Gumbeltraces election fraud in America from the eighteenth century to the present[the issues he] winningly addresses are crucial to the future of democracy."
"Publishers Weekly"
"A very judicious work The best overview I've seen of the 2000 Florida vote.
Paul Krugman, "The New York Times"
"Excellent In Gumbel s account, both parties are to blame for creating and sustaining a political environment rife with perverse incentives for fraud, manipulation, and the maintenance of a dysfunctional status quo."
"Mother Jones""
Praise for "Down for the Count"
"The right to vote is not only the cornerstone of American democracy; it is also the right upon which all our other rights depend. "Down for the Count" offers an eye-opening account of this country s long history of meddling and voter suppression, and it establishes vital, disturbing connections between the rise of Jim Crow and the most recent attacks on voting integrity."
-Ben Jealous, former president and CEO of the NAACP
"In this comprehensive assessment of voting in the United States, Gumbel explores in depth both the historical aspects and the current battles over elections and voting procedures and their implications locally, nationally, and internationally. Gumbel illuminates, with intelligence and great perception, the structural flaws in the American election system. While the systemic dysfunction is dismal and pervasive, Gumbel also offers a list of solutions. Provocative and challenging, this book does not tell a pretty story, but it is a story essential to all of us who treasure our democracy."
-Orville Vernon Burton, author of "The Age of Lincoln"
"It s a freecountry, asthe saying goes, but a modern, well-functioning, maturedemocracy? Noteven close.In thisfast-paced ridethrough the seamypast and alarming presentofAmerica s ramshackle, corruptibleelectoral machinery, Gumbeltellsa tale ofAmerican exceptionalismwith avengeance."
-Hendrik Hertzberg, staff writer at the "New Yorker""
Praise for Down for the Count
"The right to vote is not only the cornerstone of American democracy; it is also the right upon which all our other rights depend. Down for the Count offers an eye-opening account of this country s long history of meddling and voter suppression, and it establishes vital, disturbing connections between the rise of Jim Crow and the most recent attacks on voting integrity."
-Ben Jealous, former president and CEO of the NAACP
"In this comprehensive assessment of voting in the United States, Gumbel explores in depth both the historical aspects and the current battles over elections and voting procedures and their implications locally, nationally, and internationally. Gumbel illuminates, with intelligence and great perception, the structural flaws in the American election system. While the systemic dysfunction is dismal and pervasive, Gumbel also offers a list of solutions. Provocative and challenging, this book does not tell a pretty story, but it is a story essential to all of us who treasure our democracy."
-Orville Vernon Burton, author of The Age of Lincoln
"It s a freecountry, asthe saying goes, but a modern, well-functioning, maturedemocracy? Noteven close.In thisfast-paced ridethrough the seamypast and alarming presentofAmerica s ramshackle, corruptibleelectoral machinery, Gumbeltellsa tale ofAmerican exceptionalismwith avengeance."
-Hendrik Hertzberg, staff writer at the New Yorker"
Praise for Down for the Count
"The right to vote is not only the cornerstone of American democracy; it is also the right upon which all our other rights depend. Down for the Count offers an eye-opening account of this country's long history of meddling and voter suppression, and it establishes vital, disturbing connections between the rise of Jim Crow and the most recent attacks on voting integrity."
-Ben Jealous, former president and CEO of the NAACP

"In this comprehensive assessment of voting in the United States, Gumbel explores in depth both the historical aspects and the current battles over elections and voting procedures--and their implications locally, nationally, and internationally. Gumbel illuminates, with intelligence and great perception, the structural flaws in the American election system. While the systemic dysfunction is dismal and pervasive, Gumbel also offers a list of solutions. Provocative and challenging, this book does not tell a pretty story, but it is a story essential to all of us who treasure our democracy."
-Orville Vernon Burton, author of The Age of Lincoln

"It's a free country, as the saying goes, but a modern, well-functioning, mature democracy? Not even close. In this fast-paced ride through the seamy past and alarming present of America's ramshackle, corruptible electoral machinery, Gumbel tells a tale of American exceptionalism with a vengeance."
-Hendrik Hertzberg, staff writer at the New Yorker