A cerebral autobiography, reflective, contemplative, peppery, salty, dealing with mental explorations and discoveries. What the author thinks and how he came to think it; his changing philosophical bases; his scepticism, criticism, the instances in which he was superfluous; the story of a mind in relation to the society in which it found itself. From Brooklyn to Illinois, to Europe and back and forth, here are animated ideas, lucid commentary, individual criteria, the character of the various economic, physical, family, social, intellectual environments, notations on politics, literature, education, on people, trends, events, on the passing scene of some fifty years. There is drollery as well as rambling particularity, there is controversial mental exercising, as well as mature wisdom, and the whole is a special kind of literate adventuring, written with finish and style. Journal of These Days, in 1934, introduced Albert Jay Nock to readers who found his style refreshing, his point of view invigorating. This will appeal to the same audience -- definitely a literate and independent thinking audience.