This is a book for everyone who wants to know what a mathematical analysis of voting and election procedures can reveal. The mathematics in the book is quite accessible and entwined with political history. Biographical sketches of important figures are also included. The author happens to be a mathematically trained political journalist, so the book is readable, usually albeit not perfectly accurate on the mathematical facts and the political context is shrewdly explained. A more readable or more stimulating introduction to the vexing mathematics of democracy is hardly imaginable.