This is an autobiography of a Russian of wide cosmopolitan background. Through the very diversity of his career -- in the Russian navy, in diplomatic service in England, with the American mission, etc., he is able to approach the whole subject of the Russian Revolution more objectively than many of his countrymen. The most interesting part of his book is his diary of the early days of revolution. Eventually he was associated with Kolehak and the White Russians in Siberia, was captured and imprisoned by the Reds, escaped through Finland. His story ends in 1924. His career represents a new angle on Russia; his picture of personalities and events is significant. Not high adventure -- but a serious and unusual human document.