Gr 5-9-This book opens with a discussion of a recent and relevant application of the topic and the 2000 presidential election, and then moves on to why and how the electoral college was created. "Early Elections," with a section on "The Birth of Political Parties," and the chapter "Political Maneuvers and Scandals" add to the interest and relevancy of this book for both history and current-events classes. The intricacies of "The "Electoral College Today" are clearly presented, including the fact that no federal law requires electors to honor pledges. The concluding chapter explores the question of whether or not the electoral college should continue in its present state. Captioned, full-color photographs and period art add to the volume's appeal. This is an insightful, well-written, and comprehensive look at a complex system that plays an important role in the process of electing a president.-Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.