Star reporters and stellar material in an anthology which also- so far as I know -- is first of a kind, and is largely representative of the era of big by-liners in journalism. Horror, humor and plain humanity, causes celebres and characters notorious, lynchings, funerals, holocausts, high points in history, sports, all combine to make a collection of considerable drama. Start with Henry Morton Stanley's classic ""Dr. Livingstone, I presume""; continue with a charming post-Civil War aside, Harry Edwards' story of the return home of his Aeneas Africanus; go on with Brisbane and an 1888 boxing bout; Richard Harding Davis' on a Cuban execution; sob-sister Winifred Black's account of the Calveston storm tragedy; Irvin S. Cobb on the trial of Harry Thaw; John Reed and Villas; F.F. Van De Water and Billy Sunday; Don Marquis and Mehitable; Gene Fowler and the burning of Ruth Snyder and Judd; Floyd Gibbons, H.L. Mencken, Heyward Broun, Pegler, Runyon, Steinbeck, names to conjure with in this spectrum of big names and big stories... Editorial enthusiasm is a contributory factor, and each introductory section carries orientation on theme, time, incident, writer. While not restricted to this field, tops for masculine market.