A competent history of the House of Representatives that describes almost every important development during 170 years of congressional activity. The author examines the changing composition and function of the House and its members; he gives short biographical sketches of some of its more eminent leaders and skillfully analyses resultant legislative-executive relations. Of particular significance is that portion of the book devoted to the development of the committee system. Other chapters deal with House rules, House-Senate relations, the role played by the parties, and the nature of the legislative process. The book is a valuable, if somewhat dry, compendium of facts and occasional interpretation. Recommended for the student of American political development and the interested layman.