The author of A Judge Comes of Age had chance to make a ""case book"" fascinating reading but, in the opinion of this reader, he signally failed. He has selected cases from a full background on the bench, with the intention of leading the citizen to greater respect and understanding for the law. Civil and criminal cases, admiralty law, blackmail, plagiarism, damage suits, rackets of various kinds -- with the points examined. ""It is, however, written in the style of a tired assistant district attorney"" -- writes our commentator-"" and not in the judicial manner. With a similar collection of cases, a Justice of the Peace, even an Alderman, could have done it. Not a sparkle until Justice Holmes appears and brings it momentarily alive.