Until his recent death at the age of 47, John Lardner, the son of Ring Lardner, was a columnist for Newsweek magazine, a sports writer, and a journalist whose speciality was often the profile. This is a collection of articles written between 1942 and 1959 including war correspondence from Anzio and Iwo Jima. There are profiles of Alvin C. Thompson, the gambler, Charles A. Lindbergh, the mythical Stanley Ketchel, middleweight boxing champion in 1910; and articles on Ed Sullivan, the special language of radio-television, the Fullmer-Robinson fight in Chicago, baseball players, cockfighting; and finally, an unfinished history of rinking in America. The various pieces collected here are written in a direct and clear style and are characterized by a special quality: regardless of the particular subject it seems that they are meant to be representative of something larger -- an era, an attitude, or a way of life. And it is this characteristic which gives the articles their primary interest and also provides an insight into the mind of the writer. John Lardner had many fans to whom this book should prove of interest.