The general public knows little today of George Clinton. Yet when one has read his life, and realized what an outstanding figure he was in the early and formative years of a new nation, one wonders that his name does not rank with Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson, Probably because he was considered an obstructionist, because he was out of sympathy with the constitution and supported state rights as opposed to federal, his contributions were belittled. A prominent figure in the military campaigns of his native New York; its first and wartime governor, and governor thereafter to a total of seven terms; twice vice president of the United States, his influence extended into many fields. He was visionary, when it came to ideas of westward expansion. He played an important part in settling boundary difficulties. This life is an excellent piece of scholarship, and while inherently not particularly warm and colorful -- due to its subject -- it is thoroughly readable and an important contribution.