While the journey across exotic parts of the world, much of which are no longer safe for a Westerner, highlighting how much the world has changed in the last 40 years, is fascinating, the book really succeeds in showing the competing struggles we all face in our lives. For Dr. Schultz, there is the quest for higher spiritual knowledge competing against a life of great material comfort and desire for status ("To be The Man", as Dr Schultz puts it). There is the narcissism of youth contrasted against the responsibilities, empathy, and kindness of his adult life as a caring parent, loving son, doting husband, and highly successful Doctor and businessman. Dr. Schultz dreams big and achieves the height of success through determination, vision, and plain old hard work. Through it all, the book's central theme is really the quest for a life well lived, with a startling honesty for the times Schultz falls short in his personal behavior or petty emotions - things we all experience as contradictory human beings. It's his courage for facing areas that need improvement and for the real challenges we all must face with aging and death of those we love that really makes this an extraordinary biography. Sprinkled throughout is wonderful nostalgia for the Yankees, groovy times, playing safely outside after dark, and of course, the amazing music, movies, and television of the 50s and 60s. The reader probably won't agree with some of what Dr Schultz says (I found some of the Conservative political statements distracting from the otherwise superb narrative as they added little to the story), but you will grow along side this complex, good, enthralling man. He will become your dear friend and teacher as you read along, and you will be saddened that the book has to end - one of the greatest compliments you can give a book and it's author.