The Book of Quotes


by Barbara Rowes. Dutton, $10.95. Ms. Rowes has assembled remarks from people as disparate as Archibald Cox and Idi Amin which she claims provide “a verbal history of current events that re-creates the contemporary scenes, trends, and epiphanic moments that have contributed to the growth and new directions of our American culture.” Fortunately, this grandiose ambition is not apparent in the amusing jumble of insults, apologies, lies, excuses, misapprehensions, confessions, and complaints that make up most of the text. No threat to Bartlett’s Familiar, but fun. Index.