This can be viewed as a brilliant contribution to ""Some Aspects of our Passing History"" (as the author has sub-titled it); or as in part a challenging contribution to the coming political campaign-through searching analysis of men who will feature largely in it; or a collection of profiles which -- delightful as they are-individually- are more important in the aggregate. On all scores, it provides stimulating as well as delightful reading. Some of it is first hand and first rate reporting (witness the chapters on the national conventions, 1952 style, or the campaigns and campaign personalities of that year). Some of the material is straight brief and pungent biography (Eisenhower, Stevenson, Frankfurter, Lippman, Lodge). And one long section explores the various facets of the Oppenheimer affair. There is perceptive wisdom in this book, seasoned with wit and humanity.