James C. Davis studied at The Hill School and then at Princeton, where he did poorly in a course he later taught. He enlisted in the Army and was sent to Italy, where he reported for a wretched newspaper and married.
He earned his Ph.D. degree at Johns Hopkins and then taught for a third of a century at the University of Pennsylvania. Along the way he wrote six books, including a history of the world (THE HUMAN STORY) and these memoirs.
Now retired, he belongs to two ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out) and on doctor's orders he drinks a double martini before dinner.