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Those wishing to better understand the intricacies and intrigue of the 2001-2006 redistricting controversy in Texas should consult this detailed description and analysis. Bickerstaff (Univ. of Texas School of Law) gives thorough and valuable insights into the interaction of legislative politics, political party strategy, and political behavior from both state and national leaders. The second redrawing of Congressional district lines in Texas, brought on at the urging of then US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, is a story woven through legal, political, judicial, and strategic gambits. The author expertly chronicles all of these aspects of complex, and at times arcane, attempts to ensure a Republican majority in the US House by manipulating the lines of Texas electoral districts, and impacting the "rules of the political game." This is an expert recounting of the historical events leading up to the final US Supreme Court decisions upholding a majority of the revisions. Bickerstaff's critical scholarship provides comprehensive analysis into the "perfect storm" of how politics can be manipulated through the maneuverings of political parties and legal systems. Throughout, the author never loses sight of the human factor in politics. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels. J. Michael Bitzer Catawba College
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