INSULTS Edifed by Max Herzberg Greystone ($2).
Reading this "practical anthology of scathing remarks" is somewhat like sampling a vial of concentrated formic acid: only professional scorpions or the very insensitive will care for more than small sips.
Editor Herzberg's insulters extend in time from Job to Dorothy Parker, are grouped under such headings as Kings and Presidents, Scarified Statesmen; Scorched Politicos; Spite and Wit Among the Great; Whistlerisms; Sarcasm by Mail, Wire, and Cable. Some of the best:
> Edmund Burke (on hearing from William Pitt that "this country and its constitution...