Prof. Ulam, one of the greatest historians of the 20th Century, describes growing up in a unique Polish-Jewish culture, in the shadow of the growing threat of Nazism, resulting in flight, with his famous brother, mathematician, Stanislaw Ulam, just days before the Nazi invasion of Poland. The book continues with his Harvard years, where he taught and interacted with some of the great figures of the 20th Century, including John Kenneth Galbraith, Henry Kissinger, Robert Kennedy, the latter two were both his students,and other luminaries. He was for many years, Director of the Russian Research Center. Finally, he discusses the origins, significant events and outcome of the Cold War, and (his specialty) Marxism and Communism with his characteristic wit and clarity.
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The review of this Book prepared by Mary H.B. Ulam