The man who not only sees what is the necessary next step, but is willing to take it, is almost always regarded as a lunatic by his contemporaries"". Arranged in chronological order are the tales of thirteen ""lunatic"" men and women who, under the prevailing mores of their times, were adjudged crazy. The judgments were often temporary and the ""lunatics"" later vindicated- since many of their recommendations were adopted by society. The reader must face the problem of deciding which of our contemporary controversial characters will, in another day, be acclaimed or defamed by society. A colorful thought-provoking book.