This book advances new perspectives on three of the most controversial aspects of Richard Wagner, the man: First, his close relationship with, and open admiration of many Jewish people, as opposed to his slanderous writings and comments; what he did versus what he said. The second aspect is his relationship with women. He was neither promiscuous, nor a womanizer, but was searching for feminine understanding of himself and his art. He was in fact a feminist before his time. The third is the underlying message of the Ring operas, shown here to be the tension between free will and fate.