Hughes, distinguished author of 11 books on European cultural and intellectual history, applies his analytical and narrative powers to the study of his own life. Now a professor emeritus at University of California, San Diego, he candidly describes his privileged boyhood, careers in the army and at the State Department at the beginning of the Cold War, and academic life at Harvard, Stanford, and San Diego. He also brings honesty and perception to his description of two marriages and the liberal impulses that took such forms as his antinuclear campaign for the U.S. Senate and his feminist commitment to his spouse's professional standing (they left Harvard when the history department refused to promote her) before two-career couples were an academic norm. This lively memoir belongs in both academic and public libraries. Highly recommended.-- Ann H. Sullivan, Tompkins Cort land Community Coll., Dryden, N.Y.