This is good entertainment, particularly for all who look back on the heyday of vaudeville and its successors, with a certain nostalgia. This should be a good companion piece for Douglas Gilbert's American Vaudeville. The gallant story of Sime Silverman, vaudeville devotee and founder of Variety, virtually a legendary figure. How he succumbed to the lure of show business and left his father's business, how he fought to keep his paper going, battled to maintain its independence and honesty; his adoration for his son, his discovery of new talent, the contributions he made to ""slanguage"", the personal and theatrical feuds, his loyal friends and contemporaries and performers, his importance in the show business -- all presented in a warm and loving manner. The biographer knows his Broadway, he writes in a fashion keyed to his subject, and the publishers are making a good looking book of it. Here is New York City's Great White Way.