Without doubt, one of the greatest autobiographies of the late 20th century. It's a wonderful read which covers many parts of life's canvas.
As an ex-Reuters journalist, Fraser writes beautifully. He describes his childhood in the glens and then his torrid experiences in WW2, principally fighting a bloody battle up Italy in the Scots Guards. His experiences immediately post WW2, especially his encounter with Robert Maxwell in Germany, are perhaps the greatest episode in this tale.
Life at Warburgs and then Lazards is described in hugely entertaining detail. In between these 2 banks, he sets up the Take-over Panel, and who should be his first case? Yes, the famous 'Bouncing Czech', Captain Bob Maxwell in Pergamon Press guise, from which he emerged with an appellation which was intended to finish him in corporate life "Unfit to be a director of a public company". Sadly, others had memories less lucid than Fraser's, Maxwell got back into the corporate saddle and the rest, as they say, is history.
The youngest son of a youngest son, ian fraser, from the scott clan "Lovat" go through WWII, fight in Italy, go to germany and paris as a journalist after the war and became in contact with Siegmund Warburg for the legendary banker family. Ian then go to Warburg and co and after to lazar and the take over panel and becomes an expert in what would after be known as "investment banking".