This book represents the cream of the entertaining, provocative and stimulating writing that marked the first five years of Playboy and sparked is amazing growth to its current status as a unique leader among the country's magazines for men. Famous authors are included: Nelson Algren, Ray Bradbury, Erskine Caldwell, John Collier, Adrian Conan Doyle, Ben Hecht, James Jones, Jack Kerouac, Gerald Kersh, Shepherd Mead, Budd Schulberg, H. Allen Smith, Robert Paul Smith, John Steinbeck, P.G. Wodehouse, Philip Wylie, to name only a few. The word "permanent" in the title refers, in part, to the physical sturdiness of this volume, but it refers just as much to the enduring quality of the writing you'll find inside. Serious novelettes of high artistic calibre will be found side by side with amusing satires, pungent articles and exciting science-fiction.