A grand collection of pieces from a man who in over three decades of writing- newspaper stories and books- became familiar to millions of Americans as news ace, mystery story spinner, profile expert and war correspondent. Here he brings together his own pick of the best, from all fields, and the book is a tribute to his lifetime work. Here are tense yet very human portraits -- sketches of the war in the Pacific -- memories of early Chicago newspapering- days of growing up in the midwest -- Nazis -- early bombings -- the return of the Allies to Paris -- and for a startling change of pace, report on the Angkor temples of Indo China back in 1929. A competent journalist presents an exceptionally good cross section of his stuff, and carries the reader along with a sense of recent history from an insider point of view. And one comes to know the writer as well. Only one flaw-Casey's tendency towards flippancy somehow doesn't wear well in a retrospective collection.