The author's history of these events is a potpourri of personal recollections and biographical discursions. Special attention is given to Mel Sabshin, M.D., then APA Medical Director, and Jochen Neumann, M.D., an East German psychiatrist who, like Sabshin, was a member of the WPA Executive Committee. Sabshin, who in his younger years had communist sympathies himself, was among the strongest voices opposing Soviet practices. Neumann, still a believing communist but not insensible of the problems in the Soviet Union, was the leading representative of the Eastern bloc. Also making appearances are East German spies, the KGB, and an assortment of psychiatrists with political ambitions in world psychiatry, with both more and less admirable motivations.