This book addresses one of the closest and most even political duels in the history of American politics: the 2000 presidential elections. The fact that it was contested on the greatest political stage and that the award was nothing short of the keys to the world’s most powerful political office made it an unforgettable account of turnovers, abrupt changes and upsets for the sides involved, but a stunning political drama for the independent observer. Vice President Al Gore faced Texas governor George W. Bush and it took five weeks’ extra time for the election to be settled. What led to the most tied of races in a year, when the majority of the experts saw Gore a clear favorite? Why did Bush upset the odds in standing against an incumbent member of an administration, under which America enjoyed the greatest economic prosperities in decades? Who failed where and how? This account seeks to provide the answers.