The New York City LBPH Librarian has shared a list of Books You Can Count On that may be interest in this time of uncertainty. Some are current titles and some are historical titles. There is a mix of fiction and nonfiction. Books that begin DB are audio format and books that begin BR are braille.
DB 44566 1876: A Novel by Gore Vidal : Sequel to Burr (DB 44097) evokes the New York and Washington of 1876 and deals with the contested presidential election between Samuel Tilden and Rutherford B. Hayes.
DB 56682 America Afire : Jefferson, Adams, and the Revolutionary Election of 1800 by Bernard A. Weisberger : Describes the United States’s first presidential election crisis, in 1800, between the Federalists under John Adams and Republicans under Thomas Jefferson. The election was eventually sent to the House of Representatives, who balloted thirty-six times before Jefferson won. And President Adam’s peaceful departure set a precedent.
DB 99174 Let the People Pick the President : The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College by Jesse Wegman : A legal journalist and editor reflects on the use of Electoral College in American elections and its long, controversial history. He outlines his own criticisms of the system, including its role in increasing political polarization and voter apathy, and calls for election reform. Unrated. Commercial audio book. 2020.
DB 80879 Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy by Darryl Pinckney : A meditation on a century and a half of participation by African Americans in U.S. electoral politics. Pinckney investigates the struggle for black voting rights from Reconstruction through the civil rights movement to Barack Obama’s two presidential campaigns. Includes the essay "What Black Means Now."
DB 99702 Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight For a Fair America by Stacey Abrams : The author of Minority Leader (DB 90942) discusses the impacts of voter suppression in twenty-first century American politics, offering suggestions on how to combat this problem and empower citizens. Posits the needs for more robust voter protections and recounts how voter suppression impacted the author’s own political campaign. Unrated. Commercial audio book. 2020.
BR 13378 Deadlock : The Inside Story of America’s Closest Election by the Political Staff of the Washington Post : Washington Post political journalists describe the 2000 presidential election finale in Florida, detailing the counting techniques, legal maneuvers, and the court battle for the state’s electoral votes. Explores the decisions that led Gore to pursue recounts and Bush the Supreme Court. Braille