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

Why historians aren’t so certain a President Al Gore would have kept the U.S. out of the war in Iraq.

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. In Tainted by Suspicion¬†you’ll learn:

  • How Alexander Hamilton, Henry Clay and Supreme Court Justices Joseph Bradley and Anthony Kennedy played kingmakers in the four most controversial presidential elections in American history.
  • Why Thomas Jefferson actually owes the presidency to his disloyal vice president, Aaron Burr.
  • Why the modern Democratic Party wouldn’t exist if Andrew Jackson had won the 1824 election.
  • What Jackson’s campaign can tell us about Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders today.
  • How the deal to settle the 1876 Hayes-Tilden election set back civil rights for generations.
  • How Richard Nixon actually did challenge the 1960 election results – indirectly – while making it appear he didn’t.
  • Why pundits and pollsters in 2000 predicted Al Gore would win the Electoral College and George W. Bush would win the popular vote.
  • Why historians aren’t so certain a President Al Gore would have kept the U.S. out of the war in Iraq.

Tainted by Suspicion¬†provides a White House correspondent’s perspective of contested election results that includes interviews with leading historians and politicos about what happened and what might have been.