A top steel industrialist (Inland) who has also worked for the White House (Point Four, Common Market), is bound to collect a healthy smattering of ""great encounters"" for his own. Mr. Randall has opened his collection to the public in this series of portraits. Schwab and Fairless of steel, Conant, Harriman, and Dulles of government, lesser known lights labelled ""A Lady from Turkey"" (or England or Australia), and even Kwame Nkrumah are vignetted in short descriptive pieces that read like so many after-dinner speeches. Mixed as they are with Randall's personal memoirs, the portraits are heavy with ""sure-fire human interest""...like Robert Taft and the author, both as Ivy League debating team alternates with stopwatches, and John Foster Dulles asking Randall to reassure him that he was ""doing his job right down here,"" and other more informative, less gripping memorabilia. Written in lieu of the autobiography, the book must still and only be read as a personal offering--as comfortable and unimportant as a second after-dinner brandy.