The biography of a Czechoslovakian who succeeded in three different worlds, -- Prague and a childhood of destitution, gave Jan Rieger a start in life that led to the unlikely advance during World War I to officer rating in the Austro-Hungarian Imperial Army. Next -- with the newly won freedom of his country after the Armistice, Jan became head of a successful crystal and porcelain industry. Finally -- caught over here when the war broke out, he stayed to build a third life as a chicken farmer in Pennsylvania, until he volunteered for the Canadian Army. Portrait of a chameleon, a man of determination and ability, reflecting in his own life, the changing patterns of world history....The material is competently handled, but somehow it lacks the authority of originality or significance which would make it memorable. Its reading audience is difficult to gauge.