In This Review

By Jo Grimond
Heinemann/Holmes & Meier, 1980, 315 pp

Not quite the classic for which one might have hoped, but nonetheless a compelling autobiography by one of the towering figures of this century who combined scientific genius with a driving force to defend individual human rights and to serve humanity. Not a complex man, Sakharov writes of his own life in lingering detail that can test a reader's attention, but with a directness and modesty that reflect his total honesty and integrity. The final chapters tell of his exile in Gorky and the tribulations visited upon him by the KGB, including confiscation of large parts of the manuscript of this book, which he then had to rewrite. His last years, following his return to Moscow in 1986, are the subject of a sequel to be published separately.