Unlike many autobiographies, in which the authors try to portray themselves in the most flattering light, this one stands out because of Caine's honesty. His description of his own strengths, failings, knowledge, ignorance, greatness, pettiness, triumphs and failures are charming in their forth-rightness. It's a very human narrative. His descriptions of his life in the culture of pre-war, wartime and post-war Britain are particularly memorable & striking. The cultural contrast (for good or bad) when he visits the USA is also memorable. It all rings very true. The only criticism I would have is not of this book, but the two following, in which he shamelessly recycles the same stories. Two-thirds of his sequel book, "The Elephant to Hollywood" consists of the exactly the same stories, with little difference in the telling! Money for old rope, as he would probably say. But this is the book to buy.