The beginning tone of this book gives one the impression that it will be much worse than actually it is. The opening chapter is written in a pseudo-dramatic, cloying, adulatory style which seems more suitable for a fan magazine than for a serious biography. But though the authors' unqualified admiration for their subject never diminishes the book does become progressively more straightforward, relying on a great deal of direct quotation, even if it never does become especially readable. The Hellers describe Dulles' exceptional school record, his early years with Sullivan and Cromwell, his spectacular legal career (he became the highest paid corporation lawyer in New York City), his service during the two World Wars. And they deal, mainly by quoting Dulles as Secretary of State, with those crises which arose in Indo China, the Middle East, West Germany, Suez, Lebanon, etc., etc. The Hellers feel that John Foster Dulles was ""one of America's greatest diplomats and statesmen"" and that he has left ""a magnificent legacy on the meaning of life and freedom"". Unquestionably there are those who will feel that the Hellers' sentiment are excessive and unsupported.