Dr. Sokoloff is best known for his medical writing, but this absorbing book is autobiographical, in recording the experiences of a white Russian during the pregnant years from 1914 to 1920. Here- in his own experience- is the terrible lesson of appeasement, the weakness in the democratic principal that binds the individual from striking effectively. Sokoloff, for example, was part of a group that could have killed Lenin and Stalin but for last minute scruples. He shows, through incident and personality profiles; the plight and responsibility of the intellectuals who sought to retain their ""liberal"" label. He makes his points in stories of unforgettable characters, telling incidents. He was a member of the ill-dated All Russian Constituent Assembly. He tried to warn Kerensky of the Communist threat. He had friends who fought Communists, friends who sided with them, friends who were their victims. Autobiography told in terms of political morality tales and stories of a wide range of personalities. A memorable book.