Includes bibliographical references (p. -176) and index.
Introduction : the American vice presidency reconsidered -- Afterthought? : the premodern vice presidency -- Where they've been and what they've done : the background and experience of vice presidential candidates -- Securing the second slot : the vice presidential nomination -- The road to Number One Observatory Circle : the campaign -- What do they do? : Vice presidents in office -- What next? : Life after near-greatness.