Applicable in its broader implications not only to the state of New York, but to elections, other than local, the country over. But specifically a closeup of the processes, local as well as state, of New York's political machinery, operations and statistical computations. From an appraisal of New York's government, in its good and bad aspects, its reform measures, its famous vote getting personalities (from Mitchell on through Thomas Dewey), this continues to the analysis of the voters, the majority and minority parties involved, the working of the machines by locality, the ramification of the judicial, legislative and gubernatorial positions. Then to the pressure groups, the controls, the city and state breakdown in administration, even to the indications of the betting and the popular polls in pre-election days. A book that points out the necessity of individual participation, the influence of wrong angles and wrong elements working the worst for centralized authority under a democratic government, that ends in endorsing the idea that factors leading up to a nomination pretty well settle an election...and choices and campaigns from then on mean little. A book for general reference-and for serious voters.