Highbrow readers can look down and, without squinting, find Leo Rosten head and shoulders above the professional writers lumped together under the diminishing label ""hack."" This is a self-selected batch of his published work. He has picked out a sampling form the eternal favorites among his short stories some H*Y*M*A*N*K*A*P*L*A*N episode; taken parts from his best selling novel Captain Newman, M.D. which can stand on their own as short stories; and reprinted some of his essays on great men and strange places. This is one of those Browsers Beware books-- once the reader dips into it, it becomes difficult to stop.