There are precious few such candid reflections from the insider perspective, so I’m thrilled Bob Engvall wrote one. Union president is a challenging role, one I played for about 30 years, so I often nodded knowingly while reading. Many of his observations, including some zingers, are common discussion threads among the many faculty union leaders I’ve known. The book is at its best when his reflections stem from particular incidents. Mixing acerbic jabs with wry humor and incisive use of other sources to cast light on the modern university, Engvall’s book should be read by administrators, trustees, and, of course, faculty.