``What a role women play in my life!'' exclaimed Reich in 1920, the same year that he was admitted into the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society. In that milieu of provocative ideas Reich began a five-year diary covering his years as medical student and beginning psychoanalyst. Full of youthful passionsindeed, reckless sexuality is the abiding themethe diary reveals the highly personal underpinnings of his later theories and his embattled life as uncompromising iconoclast. The book makes compelling reading but is disappointing in its many gaps, especially regarding Reich's involvement with Freud. With few explanatory notes and no introductory matter, this is for informed readers. William Abrams, Portland State Univ. Lib., Ore.