The politicians and the issues of the last 25 presidential campaigns make of this book a highly readable popular history of the Republican and Democratic parties. Starting with the Lincoln-Douglas campaign of 1860, it takes its readers not only through issues, but on a journey through smoke-filled hotel rooms, hysterical conventions, colorful election nights and other scenes which comprise much of our nation's history. The journey ends---more than conveniently---with the men and issues which face each voter as he enters the booth this November. A very useful appendix lists the names and vital statistics of each campaign discussed in the text. One book certainly worthwhile in the great publishing deluge which engulfs us every four years.