An editor of the Wall Street Journal, Vermont Connecticut Royster (how can a career falter with so much name?) presides over a newspaper of considerable repute and alluring quotability. For more than thirty years the author has been expositing in columns which even in book form do not achieve longevity. Those on George Romney, on ""War: 1966,"" the Dominican intervention and the publishing business are more attractive items in this collection. Royster writes well although he clings to his archaic social virtue while the world crashes about him. The affiliation will define and confine the readership.