A one-volume anthology of historical fiction, contributed by authors of established fame, and picturing a tapestry of American history through the progress of our wars. Of course, everyone likes to have others agree -- such is human nature. Consequently, it pleased me mightily that Mr. Mason should have tapped, from a rich reservoir, so many of those of our fictional historians that I, too, would have chosen:- John Jennings, James Royd, Walter Edmonds, Bruce Lancaster, Thomas Boyd, Stewart Edward White, MacKinlay Kantor, Neil Swanson, -- these and others form a distinguished panel, good story-tellers, all. There is no attempt here to come into an already crowded field (see Page 135 for summary of three books this season made up of source material recording ""the fighting American""). Mason hows to a line -- his are stories, pure and simple, from the modern writers primarily, but picturing the wars, from the Colonial days through the First World War. It was interesting to note that perhaps the least distinguished period, fictionally speaking, was that First World War. Perhaps our creative writers need perspective.