Books: Wordy Warriors

THE POLITICOS—Matthew Josephson— Harcourt, Brace ($4.50).

When they drew up the Constitution, the Founding Fathers carefully designated the various government offices. But they neglected to say how men were to be chosen for them. Madison believed that many political parties would spring up, that safety for the Republic would lie in their cancellations and compromises. Instead, the two-party system became more strongly entrenched in the U. S. than anywhere else. From James Bryce to Charles A. Beard historians have puzzled over this phenomenon, asking almost as many questions as they have answered. How...

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