Freud is a particularly difficult subject for biographers, no matter what age level they are writing for. He is especially challenging as a subject for young people. These authors have done a remarkably clear presentation of the man and his thought, providing both a chronological account of his life and an examination of Freudian first principles in psychiatry through the judicious use of his diaries, letters, etc. Case histories have been artfully employed here. The course of treatment for Freud's first patients and the famous hysteria case are used to illustrate how he arrived at his methods in therapy through formal study, intuitive genius and self discovery. His own difficult personality is also explored. Freud's speculations about sexuality are straightforwardly presented and put into perspective along with his contributions to the interpretations of dreams and the basic structure of psychoanalysis. The contemporary controversies that raged around Freudian ideas are described and the essential differences of the disciples who broke with him are introduced. A chronological calendar of the significant dates in Freud's career are set against a calendar of world events. There is a glossary of psychiatric terms with concise definitions and a selective bibliography.