Not only is this autobiography about a truly different and fascinating life but it is a history of the last two thirds of the 20th century. Fred was born in a coal camp and swung a sixteen pound spike hammer in the summer sun on his first real job. After going into the mine, President Truman sent him a letter telling him the government would be paying him for an all-expense paid trip to Korea. He joined the navy and after that, the story continues in many occupations and successes. All that happened to him is hard to believe about one man's lifetime.