St. Petersburg's prominent liberal mayor, Anatoly Sobchak, dictated these notes to a Moscow journalist sometime before mid-December 1990. He tacks on an interesting though largely unconnected chapter on his movements during the failed August 1991 putsch. Most of the book, however, deals with his experiences in the first years of newly invented parliamentary politics, 1989-90. The general reader will be charmed by vignettes featuring Gorbachev, Yeltsin, Sakharov and Ligachev. The specialist will find useful inside information on several key events during these two important years.