A journalist's story, in which he uses his own distinguished and varied career as springboard for an impassioned defense of the free press, for which he claims the role of defender over a period of more than forty years. His early years of apprenticeship as a reporter are covered in detail:- criminal court coverage in Pittsburgh, war correspondent during World War I, foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune in the '20's. Then came a period of free lance journalism at home and abroad, with the Spanish Civil War a dramatic period , and the establishment of a bulletin composed of facts other papers would not use. His book is at its best when he tells his impressions of the people and events in which he shared,- whether from the fighting front, Russia after the Revolution, his share in extricating Vincent Sheean from trouble with the Vatican, his visit to the Chekah, his quarrel with Bullitt, and most recently, his conference with Tito. He knew as many and more big figures in America, in politics, public life, journalism. And he fought many a fight to tell the news that was repressed, to clarify the news that was distorted. Inevitably, he has become a controversial figure. He has worked for the papers he pillories;he has probably had to condone tacit censorship. But his has been a good fight, and his story would prove its own points more forcibly if he didn't use it to proclaim himself non-communist. His actions are better defense than his words.