Autobiographical account of a many-faceted life. As a boy, Collings was fired with the desire to fly through seeing the Wright Brothers, and when his father lost a political job in Washington, the son joined the national guard, and eventually got overseas with the marine aviation corps. Later -- Haiti --smallpox epidemic -- stunt flights. Ultimately, he resigned and led an unstable life, one job and another, until he got into journalism, which took him to Abyssinia and later to Soviet Russia. Superficial, third rate, colloquial in style and definitely cheap in manner and matter.