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Selecting a president

by Clift, Eleanor.

Format: Print Book 2012
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The debut of a brand-new civics series for high school seniors and college freshmen, that clearly, concisely and cleverly explains how the United States elects its president

Selecting a President explains the nuts and bolts of our presidential electoral system while drawing on rich historical anecdotes from past campaigns. Among the world's many democracies, U.S. presidential elections are unique, where presidential contenders embark on a grueling, spectacular two-year journey that begins in Iowa and New Hampshire, and ends at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Modern presidential campaigns are a marked departure from the process envisioned by America's founders. Yet while they've evolved, many of the basic structures of our original electoral system remain in place--even as presidential elections have moved into the modern era with tools like Twitter and Facebook at their disposal--they must still compete in an election governed by rules and mechanisms conceived in the late eighteenth century. In this book, Clift and Spieler demonstrate that presidential campaigns are exciting, hugely important, disillusioning at times but also inspiring.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "By the time most voters in the U.S. get into the voting booth to elect a president, many crucial decisions have already been made with or without their participation. This guide offers information on the complete process, from the Iowa caucuses to the inauguration. Veteran political reporter Clift and policy analyst Spieler offer details on the election cycle, from the primaries through the party nominating conventions, from the counting of the popular vote to the pledging of delegates to the Electoral College. They detail the two-year process that begins with exploratory committees formed two years into a president's term and just after the midterm elections as prospective candidates begin to gauge the political climate and their chances. The book ends with the contest on a Tuesday in early November every four years. Along the way, Clift and Spieler offer historical perspective on the role of alternative parties, variations on primary election rules from state to state, campaign financing, and the controversies surrounding recent elections. Given that we're already in primary season, this is not the best-timed resource, but it is still valuable.--Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Fundamentals of American government.
Subjects Presidents -- United States -- Election.
Presidents -- United States -- Nomination.
Political campaigns -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government.
Publisher New York :Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martins Press,2012
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Spieler, Matthew.
Language English
Description 196 pages ; 22 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9781250004499 (hardback)
1250004497 (hardback)
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