The People's Choice

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1995 - Fiction - 309 pages
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"Few people know the absurdities of American politics better than Jeff Greenfield, ABC News' award-winning political and media analyst, and he's poured them all into one of the funniest, scariest, most plausible what-if novels ever written." "When the President-elect dies just two days after his close victory, the universal assumption is that his running mate moves up. After all, isn't that the way the Constitution works? Well, actually - no. Because as we're reminded every four years, but always ignore, until the electoral college meets in December, nobody has been elected, and with the candidate dead, the electors can indeed vote for the vice-presidential candidate - or they can vote for the other guy, their mothers-in-law, or Geraldo Rivera, for that matter. The rules are out the window."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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User Review  - morrisonhimself - LibraryThing

Author Jeff Greenfield has attempted the difficult, a political tract disguised as a novel … or perhaps he intended “The People’s Choice” as a novel with a political message. As a novel, “The People ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

ABC-TV commentator Greenfield offers an antic first novel with a deadly serious point about the absurd perils posed by the electoral college. Two days after narrowly defeating his Democratic rival ... Read full review

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Jeff Greenfield (b. 1943) is one of the most prominent political writers in the United States. Born in New York City, he went to college in Wisconsin, and received a law degree from Yale. He entered politics in the late 1960s, as a speechwriter for Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and has covered the beltway ever since, contributing to "Time", the" New York Times Magazine", " Esquire", and, in a lighter vein, " National Lampoon". His first novel, "The People's Choice", was released in 1995, and ruthlessly satirized the foibles of the Clinton era. His most recent book, "Then Everything Changed", is a series of novellas looking at how American history might have been different if small political events had turned out differently. Greenfield divides his time between New York and Connecticut.

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