Paul Roazen has written a fascinating book, for lay and professional audiences alike. It is not without shortcomings, but that does not alter the fact that he has presented an intriguing glimpse of the social and professional life of the early group of analysts around Freud during the early part of the 20th century, with the relationship between Freud and Victor Tausk as its central focus. His primary story, in fact, is the story of Freud and Tausk.
His style is brief, anecdotal, gossipy. He seems very determined to present a certain viewpoint. He traces in a condensed manner the course of Tausk's life, enlarging on his years in Vienna. Briefly put, Tausk gave up law, became a doctor in order to enter the field of psychoanalysis, and became a valuable contributing member of the Vienna psychoanalytic group. He was very involved with Lou Andreas-Salome, a