For the last 30 years Michael Korda has reigned glamorously as editor in chief of Simon & Schuster. (General rule: Publishing types who write their own books are always published by someone else.) This, the story of those years, is so packed with literary tales that a better title might have been Authors I Have Known. The cast ranges from Jacqueline Susann to Richard Nixon, from Joan Crawford obsessing over the flowers in her hotel room to Ronald Reagan rewriting history to put himself at the liberation of the concentration camps. As for any discussion of Korda’s own role, forget it. Of all the characters in this book, the author is the least distinct. The result, while never boring, is also as unsatisfying as scarfing canapés when you’re really craving a three-course meal.