From the inside cover:
Russell Kirk (1918-1994) was an active participant in the intellectual, social, and political contests in our era. This memoir, written dispassionately in the third person, is a lively account of the literary and political controversies of more than half a century.
These chapters discuss the climate of opinion, the tribulations, and the prospects of modern culture....This book is as much a chronicle of the confusion and perplexities of the twentieth century as it is an autobiography. Philosophical insights and religious observations abound.
In style as in substance, this volume by a man of letters will interest a wide audience. Kirk's keen insight into the minds of children, his romantic courtship of a great beauty, his perceptions of human nature, his adventures in dark corners, and more make this book difficult to lay aside.