This is the book in which the Dean of Science Fiction himself, Robert A. Heinlein, and his amazing wife Virginia finally are the main characters. A marvelous travelogue of a year spent traveling around the world by train, foot, taxi and tramp steamer, all filled with Heinlein’s keen observations, political and social wisdom, and, as you would expect, his amazing ear for dialog together with a quick, dry wit. A journey into the past? Hardly. The account provides wave after wave of recognition that proves amazingly relevant for the world of today. Would we expect anything less of the Dean? Yep, it seems the life under the thumb of undemocratic regimes is as insane as ever, and that the ludicrous anti-Americanism spoon-fed a captive populace by tinpot oligarchs is just as pathetic. Heinlein tramped the world with an open mind—but with the spirit of democracy and freedom as his guide. This is travel writing at its best, and is years ahead of its time in judgment and outlook.