Subtitled: A Centennial Anthology, this memorializes the will to live of the weekly magazine of critical commentary and ""infectious moral indignation"" that often did not seem destined to survive in the face of rising costs and an always small but special group of subscribers. From the 200 bound volumes which make up the record of The Nation, the editor has selected the stellar contributors. There are none here who are not instantly recognizable as great controversialists of the last century --Stone, Dreiser, Norman Thomas, Trotsky, William O. Douglas, etc. In the '20's, The Nation began publishing poetry and the selections read like the core list for a course in modern American poetry. This will make a fine companion volume to the recent The Faces of Five Decades, fifty years of the New Republic (Simon & Schuster) and is for the same audience, an essentially reflective readership.