Have you ever wondered how the New York Times men and women work? how the paper gets out? what the stories behind the stories are? Anyone with Walter Mittyish fantasies about the working press will be satisfied by this book, which features the faces of byliners popping up all over the globe in the process of getting their stories. The scope of coverage is global geographically and otherwise, ranging from the land of the Kurds to Antarctica, from the tragic to the funny, Tom Wicker on JFK's assassination to Meyer Berger on the Lady Bishop, religious copy queen. There are hot and cold wars: James Reston in Vietnam, Tad Szulc in Santo Domingo, Ruby Hart Phillips getting out of Cuba, David Halberstam in Elizabethville while the Katanganese fought the UN forces-- ""We had a fine story, marred only by two big problems, listed here in no particular order: getting the story out and staying alive."" That is often the size of it: that of the readership will depend on the number of news buffs about. More catchy than consequential.