A journalistic holiday rather than another journalist's story. Fast paced and entertaining, little of modesty, and little bravado, haphazard but amusing. Writing about virtually nothing, he yet succeeds in enlivening it by his original style. Birdwell was a reporter for a California paper, later the N. Y. Mirror, and is today public relations counsel for Jock Whitney and Selznick. This is a behind the scenes record of an old school journalist, who would do anything for a gag or a story. It is also a sort of valedictory to that type of reporter. There are accounts of fellow reporters, stories he has covered, how he got pictures of the first eugenics baby, how he cooked up a marriage in heaven for an unmarried war widow, etc. It is not a book newspaper men will like -- but others may.