In an Age of Specialization it's becoming increasingly chic to do the unexpected: Arthur Schlesinger reviews movies, Norman Mailer reports on the Liston-Patterson fight, Truman Capote covers a murder case. Now columnist Joseph Alsop, long-time Washington pundit, goes on a journey to Pylos and Crete in an attempt to fill in the gaps about our knowledge of Mycenaean and Minoan civilizations and the catastrophe that catapulted them to dust. What he has to relate, scholars may dispute, if for no other reason than that Alsop disputes with them, but the general reader should succumb to the straightforward, unsugared style, the imaginative recreations of Nestor's palace and the mercantile magnificence of Knossos. Written with sheer enthusiam and door-opening, letting-air-in excitement. The antiquarians may never be the same again.