Credit is due the author for making available in the growing literature on the presidency these well organized selections ""from the horses mouths"". Sifting diaries, letters, books, speeches, interviews and, latterly, press conferences, Mr. Tourtellot has arranged the Presidential comments in chronological order by term under broad subject headings. These include the Presidents on their interpretation of their administrative roles, the burdens and privileges of the office and its limitations. Of particular interest to scholars are the chapters that deal with the Executives on their relationship to Congress, foreign relations, the Judiciary and party politics. Mr. Tourtellot's explanatory notes clarify the substance of obscure passages and provide the background that called forth some of the comments. His Introduction, ""The Presidents as Writers"", is both necessary to the book's use and a lively essay in criticism. Not an easy book to read through, but a needed source for students with many a delightful quote among the weighty for browsers in history.