This gossipy, anecdotal account brings the Nicaraguan revolution and counterrevolution alive, laying bare the peccadillos and conspiracies of both sides. Famous for his liaison with Fawn Hall, the author was in turn a propagandist and adviser to the Sandinistas, the southern and then the northern "fronts" of the contras. His and others' constant intrigues and personal rivalries, which shaped both the radicalizing revolution and the failing insurgency, are portrayed as Nicaraguan traits. Cruz's zeal to "play the game," as he puts it, helps explain why he stayed with men such as Eden Pastora and Oliver North who, he says, "lived deeply within the world of inner fantasy." His relationship with his prominent father, a moderate who played key roles on both sides, remains shrouded.