Presidential Lottery: The Reckless Gamble in Our Electoral System

Presidential Lottery: The Reckless Gamble in Our Electoral System By James A. Michener Steve Berry, Presidential Lottery The Reckless Gamble in Our Electoral System In this eye opening nonfiction account world renowned author James A Michener details the reckless gamble U S voters make every four years trusting the electoral college In Michener served as a
  • Title: Presidential Lottery: The Reckless Gamble in Our Electoral System
  • Author: James A. Michener Steve Berry
  • ISBN: 9780812986822
  • Page: 230
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  • Presidential Lottery: The Reckless Gamble in Our Electoral System By James A. Michener Steve Berry, In this eye opening nonfiction account, world renowned author James A Michener details the reckless gamble U.S voters make every four years trusting the electoral college In 1968, Michener served as a presidential elector in Pennsylvania What he witnessed that fall disturbed him so much that he felt compelled to expose the very real potential in this system for a gravIn this eye opening nonfiction account, world renowned author James A Michener details the reckless gamble U.S voters make every four years trusting the electoral college In 1968, Michener served as a presidential elector in Pennsylvania What he witnessed that fall disturbed him so much that he felt compelled to expose the very real potential in this system for a grave injustice with history altering consequences Incorporating the wide ranging insight and universal compassion of Michener s bestselling novels, Presidential Lottery is essential reading for every American concerned about the ever growing rift between the people and the political process Praise for Presidential Lottery Clear, concise, and sensible a thoughtful book on how Americans choose their President The New York Times An urgent appeal Kirkus Reviews
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    1. James A. Michener Steve Berry

      James Albert Michener is best known for his sweeping multi generation historical fiction sagas, usually focusing on and titled after a particular geographical region His first novel, Tales of the South Pacific, which inspired the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific, won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.Toward the end of his life, he created the Journey Prize, awarded annually for the year s best short story published by an emerging Canadian writer founded an MFA program now, named the Michener Center for Writers, at the University of Texas at Austin and made substantial contributions to the James A Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, best known for its permanent collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings and a room containing Michener s own typewriter, books, and various memorabilia.Michener s entry in Who s Who in America says he was born on Feb 3, 1907 But he said in his 1992 memoirs that the circumstances of his birth remained cloudy and he did not know just when he was born or who his parents were.

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    1. Michener s 1968 warning clarion sounds quaintly naive today It is a detailed and powerful analysis that leaves a soft trail of bias so inherent in the American system, remember the tyranny of the majority This Cold War account of the 1968 election is chilling They worried about Wallace then, if only we had those sorts of simple problems now.Required reading today as Hillary s vote count exceeds 2 million and America is faced with disaster.


    2. James Michener wrote this book in 1969, and it was just republished in 2014 He writes of his experiences as Chief Elector of the Pennsylvania Electoral College in 1968, the year that Wallace was running as an Independent against Humphrey and Nixon He realized that if Wallace garnered enough votes, he could use the College to give the Presidency to the party who came in second, and thus wield enormous power in the new government.As it turned out, Wallace never got enough votes to be temped to do [...]


    3. This is a really thorough and well researched study on the electoral college, it s origins, and what it has become I thought I understood it before but this book was a revelation A really interesting read written in 1969 that is just as important in 2017.


    4. Compelling read about the perils of the United States Electoral College The electoral college should have been disbanded after the debacle of 1800 election and yet we are still saddled with it to this day James Wilson of Pennsylvania, who argued that the President, the Senate, and the House should be elected by direct vote of the people so as to make them as independent as possible of each other He was supported by PA Gov Morris, who said If the President is to be the guardian of the people, let [...]


    5. This is a full on rant against the Electoral College Although Michener presented several replacement options, he stumped fairly heavily against direct popular elections I m not sure that conclusion stands up to some of his arguments against the current system or the less favored options, but that requires probably time and research than i m going to put into this review Of particular interest was Michener s conviction that we re better off with our current two party system than we would be with [...]


    6. James Michener is an amazing author and I ve enjoyed each of the half dozen plus books of his that I ve read As usual, this one is a well researched and articulately presented work this time about the Electoral College It was fascinating to read in light of the fact that 48 years and 12 presidential elections have come and gone since Michener served as an elector in Pennsylvania for the 1968 election It was that election which troubled him deeply and which seems mild in light of 2000 and 2016.Wh [...]


    7. From the time I learned about the electoral college in 8th grade trust me, that s been quite a while , I ve thought that it made no sense, and the president should be elected by direct popular vote Michener s case for eliminating the electoral college is articulate and very well researched He starts with his own experiences as a member of the college for the 1968 election, and the difficulties faced in that election, and then presents historical and statistical analysis While some of it was a bi [...]


    8. James A Michener tells the tale of participating in the 1968 Presidential Election as an Elector and a Pennsylvania Democratd even of having to recruit Electors at the last minute due to a snowstorm He also explains the system, cites the relevant portions of the U.S Constitution plus Amendments, and suggests alternatives to the Electoral College system, complete with logical reasons for each It s an excellent, well written, well researched book, and leaves the reader with plenty to think about H [...]


    9. Interesting read Written by Michener after his experience in the politics of the late 60s, but very relevant today Wonder what he s think of our most recent election


    10. An introduction into the crazy world that is the American electoral system In the light of this bizarre system one can only attribute the relative success of the American electoral process to that Anglo Saxon genius for stable, self governance I wasn t even aware that what happened in the 2000 elections where Al Gore won the most popular votes in a presidential election since JFK and yet lost due to insufficient electoral votes had happened before in American history three times Since this book [...]


    11. Interesting but slow reading as I try to absorb the information presented here Does make me want to change the system so popular vote decides the president for the next term It makes no sense to continue doing it this way since from what I ve read it basically depends on who is chosen to be one of the chosen as a electoral voter Scary to see how it can all change in an instant even if the people want a different person.


    12. Michener was preaching to the choir when I read this He was talking about the Electoral College at the 1968 election And the problems continue only often I hope the change to the PA Electoral College becomes law so at least the popular vote is reflected It just goes to show how slowly some changes come.


    13. Interesting review and analysis of the electoral college I agree that this should be changed due to several potential and actual snags in the process I favor direct election of the president and vice president by popular vote with a run off election in case there is not a clear majority.


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