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THE LAW OF DELAY by C. Northcote Parkinson. 128 pages. Houghton Mifflin. $4.95.

In his eighth book, Cyril Northcote Parkinson continues to tell people—especially businessmen—what they already know. This time he offers the Law of Delay, which holds that "delay is the deadliest form of denial." Let the man who never postponed a decision until too late cast the first stone.

There are other flashes of crisp satire in this collection of essays. In a modern version of the Christmas carol Good King Wenceslas, the king's good intentions get lost in a bureaucratic maze....

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