The only thing this does that Irving Stone's They Also Ran doesn't do better is to condense the presidential campaigns of the '50's and '60's. Starting with what probably seems like ancient history to today's pre-voters, the author reviews all the campaigns from Al Smith to Barry Goldwater. He spends as much time on the winners as he does on the losers in most cases. ""Robinson"" is a pseudonym of the prolific Robert Silverberg who can always be counted on to do a competent job for younger readers. The book is low on the energy that Stone's has, but it certainly designates, albeit often colorlessly; the motivations of the candidates, their political strategy, their performance as votegetters and the factors that put one man into and kept another one out of the White House. The reader interest (among boys especially) starts at this age level and the book should prove to be a useful lead-in to adult studies of the subject.