When the young Robert Elmer Kleasen accidentally found a way to serve his country whilst recuperating from a spell in a mental health facility, he did so to the best of his limited ability.
The adventures he had and the mayhem he caused under various assumed names are related in an academic style in this volume, which charts his ad hoc CIA service thru the 1950s and 60s - in Guatemala, Mexico, Cuba, the United States and finally, Bolivia.
Flawed patriot, serial killer or tall story teller? The author seeks to explain what motivated Kleasen and how come he was on the grassy knoll in Dallas on November 22nd 1963.
Kleasen claimed to be an eye-witness to many significant post WW2 events, such as Fidel Castro's first political speech in Mexico; more particularly, he was also an eye witness to the end of several great lives, including that of Che Guevara, a man whom he had known, off and on for some fifteen years: spied upon, served with and ultimately, hunted down. And all that before he became famous.