I learned all about politics from PBS documentaries that are today if you go to the PBS website in American History, the "President's" section. Got the Kennedy,LBJ and NIXON under my belt before I exited college. Kennedys are of course the Kennedys, everyone knows about them, but they worked under the Mayor Daley's Democratic Boss system, and back when they really didn't have primaries, the convention was where the power wheeling and dealing lay, and JFK's rise to poer occured during the final days of winning the nomination on the ballot system. 56, Adlei Stevenson threw the nomination open for vice presidential nominee, and Kennedy went for it but lost on the third ballot, then 1960 he won presidential nominee on the first ballot. LBJ, another great example needing to know how many votes you need to have to win an election. So you get election fraud out of that one, then NIXON, right from his birth in Yorba Linda to the end of his presidency, you see how Nixon helped contribute and nurse, give'em red meat , with the Cultural Wars. He gave us the term the Silent Majority. Ted White, the Making of A President 1960, Theodore Roosevelt's Autobiography, that's all I have. Speaking of TR,and politics it was TR who gave a speech about the Man in the Arena,being a combatant in politics, which, ironically, Nixon quoted from in his farewell speech.