In light, humorous fashion, Quincy Howe, publisher, radio commentator and journalist tells the hows and whence of the news. In these days when the news beats itself into our consciousness from every source, it is interesting to know something of the sources, of how the press bureaus, the collecting agencies, and the men -- and women -- behind the news operate. In one instance, he takes a bit of unimpressive news about weather and a geodetic survey and tells it as various reporters and commentators and columnists would tell it. Sketches of personalities of the modern press, a newspaper man's close-up view, help you understand the work behind their output, why they write as they do. Nothing profound -- but thoroughly readable.