This is a picture of American Democracy at work, of American parties in action, of the dangers which confront the status of Democracy,and of the importance of flexibility of existing institutions to meet social demands. The book is iconoclastic; he takes plenty of pot shots at traditional methods and points of view. He acknowledges our system as a useful tool, but emphasizes the necessity of change along the line. He bases his assumptions on historical backgrounds, and links past and present showing how there is a continous thread. The party system, machine and boss control, bureaucracy, economic pressure, party conventions and election campaigns, all come under his microscope. A stimulating book, important for thoughtful citizens.