A rather stolid, uninspired biography of the Republican vice-president under Garfield. Factual biography, tracing Chester Arthur's career, against a background of political turmoil, international problems, New York's seething politics. Thorough documentation. The book is important to those who look upon New York as the pivot of national politics, and to historians seeking enlightenment on a character usually ignored for his lack of drama and color. Throws a good deal of light on machine politics.