This is a delightful memoir completed by Adam Platt after Joe Alsop's death. Platt has successfully captured the condescending and acerbic flavor of Alsop's commentaries, and many of the stories and vignettes will be familiar to those who knew him as a powerful force and colorful fixture in Washington politics and journalism. For Alsop "the best of it" was the Kennedy administration. The period that followed was "bitter and bewildering." Unfortunately there is not enough on Alsop's strident and defiant defense of American intervention in Vietnam, which he championed in his columns. If one wants to evoke the ambience of Washington just before and after World War II, this memoir does it.