Though forgiveness may be in order on the title too, Elaine Shepard is a woman who has really been places and seen things. She reports on them with the verve of a young girl, perception of an inveterate newshawk, and the wit of a high-priced comedy writer. For only a few years, she has lived in the ""methodical havoc"" of the international correspondent, as a reporter for North American Newspaper Alliance and Women's News Service syndicates (""when Rosy -- my editor -- handed me my accreditation. I vowed that if I interviewed the devil himself, I'd stick to the facts""). She arrived in this ""honorable and coveted position"" via Hollywood, Broadway, John Robert Powers' agency, diplomatic hostessing in major world capitals (as the former wife of an Air Force officer) and TV in Washington (Rosy ""did not share some people's opinion that all actresses have the IQ of a marble""). Her book covers trips with the Eisenhower entourage, interviews with Castro and Gagarin, press conferences with Patrice Lumumba, and a short tour of duty in Russia (""modern buildings can best be described as Soviet Gothic or Early Hallowe'en). Her material is thoughtful, interesting, and very, very funny.