I have just read this book and frankly would love to read more from Mr. Glasser, but sadly he is dead and the majority of his books are out of print. There seems to be a enormous cavern between the views of the two previous reviewers. I can only say that the book is excellent just for the social and economic history displayed in its pages. The author was an intellectual, so I think can be forgiven for using words containig several syllables (good excuse for renewing your acquaintance with the dictonary!). The journey of a Jewish boy whose parents moved from persecution in Eastern Europe to England and on to Glasgow, but who through sheer hard work gained an education for himself whilst working in a sweat shop in Glasgow. Won an essay competition resulting in an offer of a place at Oxford. The book provides an insight into communism as it was in the 1930s, the Spanish Civil War, becoming a man, being driven by a thirst for knowledge and rewarded by an Oxford Scholorship which opened up the world of knowledge, politics, power and money. Well worth a read.