Walter Rudin's memoirs should prove to be a delightful read specifically to mathematicians, but also to historians who are interested in learning about his colorful history and ancestry. Characterized by his personal style of elegance, clarity, and brevity, Rudin presents in the first part of the book his early memories about his family history, his boyhood in Vienna throughout the 1920s and 1930s, and his experiences during World War II. Part II offers samples of his work, in which he relates where problems came from, what their solutions led to, and who else was involved. As those who are familiar with Rudin's writing will recognize, he brings to this book the same care, depth, and originality that is the hallmark of his work. Readership Historians and general mathematical audience. Reviews "It is a real pleasure to read this book and to admire the charming personal style we have come to know from Rudin's textbooks, monographs and articles. The book is strongly recommended not only to analysts, but also to all mathematicians as well as historians."  European Mathematical Society Newsletter "Of noteworthy significance."  Zentralblatt MATH "With this memoir, Rudin gives the entire mathematical community a chance to make his acquaintance both mathematically and personally, and a very worthwhile acquaintance it is. The biographical section ... is fascinating ... It's what the literary critics call "a good read" ... this book is a delight to read and will also help to inspire and guide young analysts in the path of wisdom. You will not want to miss a single page of it ... recommend it to everyone."  Mathematical Reviews "Enlightening ... fascinating book!"  Palle Jorgensen Table of Contents Part I.  Prologue
 Earliest memories
 The family
 Schools
 Inventions
 Vacations
 A bit of history
 Outlaws
 Switzerland
 Paris and Paramé
 Internments
 Escape
 Vichy France
 De Gaulle's army
 Pioneer Corps
 Navy
 Avignon
 War's end
 Duke University
 M.I.T.
 Rochester
 Epilogue
 Map and photographs
Part II.  Interchanging limit processes
 Function algebras
 Misteaks
 \(\beta \mathbb N\) and \(CH\) and all that
 Idempotent measures
 Riemann sums
 Power series with gaps
 Trigonometric series with gaps
 Function theory in polydiscs
 Function theory in balls
 Holomorphic maps from \(\mathbb C^n\) to \(\mathbb C^n\)
