Presidential Lottery: The Reckless Gamble in Our Electoral System

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Dial Press, 2016 - Biography & Autobiography - 162 pages
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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 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.

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"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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PRESIDENTIAL LOTTERY

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In August of 1968 Michener was asked to become a Presidential elector in his home state of Pennsylvania by the Democratic Chairman of his County. A loyal Democrat, he accepted. 'As the campaign wore ... Read full review

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This book deals with the problems that could happen with our nations way of choosing the President. Michener, foresaw would could happen if any close election went to the wire. Basically Michener ... Read full review

Contents

THE AVERTED CHAOS
3
THE FORTYNINE STEPS
30
HOW THE SYSTEM GREW
45
CERTAIN SENSIBLE PROPOSALS
64
WHAT MUST BE DONE NOW
88
THE constitution of THE UNITED STATES of AMERICA
129
PRoposed AMENDMENTS TO THE constitution
136
DIRECT POPULAR Vote
142
THE District PLAN
148
PREsidential ELECTION RESULTs
154
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About the author (2016)

James A. Michener was one of the world's most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety.

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