Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
In this belated expos?-and clarion call for electoral reform-Miller (The Bush Dyslexicon) accuses George W. Bush and his "theocratic militants" of orchestrating electoral fraud to "hijack" the 2004 presidential race. Miller relies on original reporting, secondary sources and unadulterated outrage to make his case, marshaling evidence (much of it circumstantial) of Democratic voter disenfranchisement, mysterious computer snafus and discrepancies between exit poll results and official vote counts. He is especially critical of the press for what he describes as silence in the face of Bush's and Cheney's denials of fraud. Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry is another target of Miller's ire, for ignoring warnings of coordinated Republican plans to cheat and for doing nothing to contest the vote counts, especially in swing states Ohio and Florida. "Election-stealing" in Florida in particular presages a dark future for the entire nation: "a system built specifically to disenfranchise an aroused and even militant majority, and to do so without leaving any traces." Though Miller's sometimes unclear sourcing puts the burden on readers to separate fact from hearsay, he gathers enough well-documented evidence that anyone who cares about fair play should find this book revelatory. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Review by Library Journal Review
This narrative of the 2004 election, which Miller (media studies, NYU; Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney's New World Order) calls "a national catastrophe," lapses into caustic language that rivals Tammy Bruce's (see p. 78). While this mars the author's presentation, it remains an unsettling account of the election and identifies some flagrant examples of unresolved voter fraud. The author recounts how computer errors resulted in lost votes from Democratic districts in Florida and Ohio and shows that too few voting machines were delivered to other similar districts. More disturbing are reports of verbal and physical intimidation against minorities seen as probable Kerry voters. Miller concludes that the "Busheviks" hate politics and want to manipulate and destroy the democratic process because it interferes with their agenda. He states that if the 2004 election were not tampered with by the Bush campaign, it would have resulted in a Kerry victory. Although this conclusion is controversial, the book is a wake-up call for election reform and is suitable for public libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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