This book is a. . . thoughtful study of Plato on political life as presented in "The Republic," "The Laws," and "The Statesman," and as discussed in much contemporary secondary literature. The author has three major themes: the Platonic teaching on the eternal essence of politics is as relevant today as in Plato’s time; the teaching of "The Republic" on the best city is fully compatible and consistent with the teaching on the second best city of "The Laws"; some of the ideas of "The Republic" and especially "The Laws" contain democratic features (versus the views of Gregory Vlastos, among others). . . Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and graduate students.