Mayor Lindsay writes about his journey into politics, refers to the reasons why he made it (like others, the desire to spend time, energy and ""such talents as we may have in public, rather than in private pursuits,"" coupled with ""a terrible pressing urge to be where the action was""). Not dealing here primarily with the city, treated in the perspective of national concerns, he gives his view on issues ""for the record"" from his congressional experience. He discusses the role of a creative opposition party (to raise compelling policy alternatives), foreign policy and aid (multilateralization). He handles the civil rights issue as such only indirectly in his interpretation of the Supreme Court as acting against the societal lag. His particular interest lies with the individual and the liberties, which however he sees as jeopardized by centralism. To the Republican Party he assigns the special task of defining the individual's role in the midst of our ""part garrison, part welfare state."" A look back, and shead ? presented with quiet directness and a certain discretion. An interim book, perhaps to build on, to align a rather diverse following.