This collection of bullseye bathos is subtitled, Encounter with Destiny Relived by Thirty-Eight Best-selling Authors. Like any enterprising all-star assemblage, even occasional bench sitters in the literary field are called in (i.e. J. Edgar Hoover, Bishop Sheen, Billy Graham) and the old pros given a chance to lop a few (Hurst to Keyes; Buck to Loos). However, as in all celebrity balls, most of the participants find this a fine time to goof off, and with several bright exceptions, the great moments lack something in the telling. P.G. Wodehouse, witty as a weasel at eighty-three, provides an oasis, as does a surprise switch hitter, James T. Farrell, and Old Reliable, William Saroyan, but for the most part, the writing is off-hand, and the incidents rarely surmount the ""Thought for the Day"" category. Because of the current interest in Churchill, Quentin Reynolds' ""The Secret of Victory"" is special, but in general this remains a bedside gift book for insomniacs.