This book is Philip Clendenning's personal journey leading to the exciting Cold War world of ecomic espionage and reportage. He describes the Toronto of his boyhood; high school and university, and then to Reza Shah's Iran; to Cambridge University and after to NATO's secret Ecomic Directorate; finally to Harvard's Russian Research Center to monitor the crumbling Soviet Union. The reader will meet a variety of individuals such as Adam Ulam, the astute Harvard political scientist cooling analyzing Bolshevik leaders; Murray Feshbach, the West's leading demographer and health expert; the dissident writer Konstantin Kuzminsky, and Rainer Rupp, East Germany's most trusted spy within the heart of NATO. Clendenning's story is t a simple academic tale of explaining the dry outlay of historical events. Rather it is a story of his development of a Cold War foot soldier. He uses humor, wry observations, and insightfulness to tell a story of how a country began its journey into West European history, rose briefly, wasted its power, finally collapsing with one to mourn its passing.