The qualities necessary for getting elected to a government position are quite independent of those necessary for carrying out the duties of that position, says this author, and all too seldom do both sets coexist in a single human being. Therefore some kind of ""mix"" of popularly elected and sensibly appointed personnel is essential to any viable nation. The question of correct proportions and efficient procedures for arriving at them is the subject of this concise, original, and in many ways curious volume. Milton Katz has had both a distinguished and appropriate experience, having served in responsible capacities in markedly different areas of government and education, as well as with the Ford Foundation and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He approaches his topic in a scholarly fashion, and the places and periods he has chosen as exemplars of various aspects are as illuminating as they are odd. From Sulla and Caesar he proceeds to Napoleon, then the present-day Congo, the British and Prussian empires, and then back to George Washington and Andrew Jackson. Yet the point, all along, is what possible accommodations can be found for the contemporary and future United States. No definite programs, no hard and fast rules are proposed; intentionally, many more questions than answers remain.