?It is hard to imagine a more timely book than this one on the ethical improprieties of presidential appointees when the print and electronic media are filled with allegations of illegal activities attributed to various Reagan intimates. Robert Roberts, a political science professor at James Madison University, has provided interested observers and concerned professionals with insights into the problem of past administrations with the questionable ethics of their appointees and the evolution of legislation and executive directives aimed, ostensibly at least, at discouraging the all too common and even intractable problem of conflict of interest. Roberts has provided an exhaustive review of the literature via government documents and such secondary sources as the National Journal, Congressional Quarterly and the New York Times. Historicans will find it useful because of the detailed discussion of conflict of interest problems stretching from 1789 to WWII and then through each administration from Truman through Reagan in the more or less detailed chapter-by-chapter format. . . . This work is highly recommended to professionals in law and political science.?-Perspective
ROBERT N. ROBERTS is Assistant Professor of Political Science at James Madison University.