13 NOVEMBER 1909, Page 28

Readings in American Government and Politics. By Charles A. Beard,

Ph.D. (Macmillan and Co. 8s. net.)—Dr. Beard divides this work into three parts. Part I. deals with "Historical Foundations," from Colonial times downward to the development of political parties as they now exist in the United States. The substance is made up of original documents. The first accordingly is a despatch by which George III. constitutes the Government of New Hampshire, while the last is a formal recognition in Oregon of what we may call the political "caucuses." Part II. is occupied with Federal Government in its various aspects, and Part III. with State Government.