The story of a year in dispatches and columns from A.P. correspondents and photographers, skillfully woven into a continuous thread of chronological contemporary history by DeWitt MacKenzie. So skillfully, in fact, that it is sometimes difficult to determine where he is quoting, and where writing his transition paragraphs. Part of the record is straight long passage- or short-quoting, with by-line, from such notables as Hal Boyd, Spencer Davis, Hennessy, Larry Allen, Eddy Gilmore -- to name a few on the foreign scene; Max Hall on labor, John Chester on business, Jack O'Brian on Broadway, Whitney Martin on sports, etc. There are some final special chapters on the arts (W.G. Rogers), music (Saul Pett), Hollywood (Bob Thomas), science (Blakeslee). The market? Well- newspaper men -- people running down specific references, where timing and presentation in the press is important. The average reader will find the deliberate limitations to news rather than opinion, rather disappointing reading.