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Aug 09

Tainted by Suspicion: The Secret Deals and Electoral Chaos of Disputed Presidential Elections

In the midst of the 1876 election controversy, President Grant said, "The country cannot afford to have the result tainted by suspicion of illegal or false returns." But suspicion reigned in this and other disputed contests where many Americans believed their president was selected rather than elected. Political campaigns are now – and almost always have been – an ugly business, manipulated and rife with backroom shenanigans and shady deals.

In Tainted by Suspicion, Fred Lucas provides a White House correspondent's perspective of contested election results from the 1800 Electoral College tie, the 1824 “Corrupt Bargain,” the 1876 Hayes-Tilden crisis and Bush v. Gore in 2000. The book features interviews with leading historians and politicos about what happened and what might have been.

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Fred Lucas
White House Correspondent, The Daily Signal

Craig Shirley
Bestselling Author, Presidential Historian,
and Founder of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs

Paul Brandus
Author, Member of the White House Press Corps, 
and Founder of West Wing Reports

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