At one point in this full and varied autobiography R. Strausz-Hupe states that his ""life has been a long struggle between political engagements and a deepening sense of futility."" To a certain extent this is an inevitability in the history of a man whose posture in the midst of change has been one of standing firm rather than moving forward. Strausz-Hupe was born into a middle-class family in Vienna shortly after the turn of the century. His expectations of a career in the diplomatic service were ended by WWI and since he was 11 years of age, he has been a sojourner in Europe and America. He has also had a diversified career in finance, in government, and he was sent by Forrestal on a mission to the Far East. Later he settled down to his present more leisurely academic life and now writes that in retrospect he has never found ""one great truth."" It is this appreciation of the diversity of life which lends Strausz-Hupe's comments credibility for he is far too sophisticated an observer to be merely doctrinaire. Basically this is the story of a man who though he found himself in a number of disagreeable situations nevertheless made the most of his opportunities.