Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College

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St. Martin's Press
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5.7 X 8.4 X 1.2 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

JESSE WEGMAN is a member of the New York Times editorial board, where he has written about the Supreme Court and legal affairs since 2013. He previously worked as a reporter, editor, and producer at outlets including National Public Radio, The New York Observer, Reuters, The Daily Beast and Newsweek. He graduated from New York University School of Law in 2005.


"Was it a mistake to create the Electoral College? Jesse Wegman argues that it was. This timely and erudite work should interest all who are interested in the future of the United States." --Annette Gordon-Reed, author of The Hemingses of Monticello

"Jesse Wegman is exactly the right person at the right time to take on the Electoral College. This is the timeliest of subjects and Wegman adds much to our understanding of this curious institution." --Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine

"Jesse Wegman's urgent and ultimately irrefutable call to action is the most readable and fully informed explanation of how the Electoral College is wrecking America's great experiment in government of, by, and for the people. It's not too late to rescue our democracy from destruction. But it soon will be. Wegman makes a compelling case that we must act now--and he explains what to do." --Laurence H. Tribe, Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Harvard Law School

Jesse Wegman is a shrewd analyst, brilliant researcher and passionate writer, and here he tackles an issue important to our system's legitimacy. --Nicholas Kristoff

People have been arguing against the Electoral College from the beginning. But no one, at least in recent years, has laid out the case as comprehensively and as readably as Jesse Wegman does in Let the People Pick the President. --Josh Chafetz, New York Times Book Review

"Wegman combines in-depth historical analysis and insight into contemporary politics to present a cogent argument that the Electoral College violates America's 'core democratic principles' and should be done away with...this urgent and lucidly presented plea for change will resonate with progressives." --Publishers Weekly

A methodical, well-reasoned compilation of arguments on a pertinent subject; recommended for readers interested in historical and contemporary U.S. politics. --Library Journal

Throughout, the author's confidence in his argument shines through...An illuminating history and analysis. --Kirkus