In This Review

A Continent Astray: Europe 1970-1978
A Continent Astray: Europe 1970-1978
By Walter Laqueur
Oxford University Press, 1979, 293 pp

Today's Europe, writes Laqueur, presents "a melancholic picture of fragmentation, internal squabbles, and aimlessness." He attributes this decline to economic recession, social problems, political polarization, and, at a deeper level, widespread cultural malaise, and he is pessimistic about Europe's chances for recovery. Laqueur is a seasoned commentator on contemporary affairs, and this appraisal of causes and trends, though at times cursory in its treatment of the facts, commands consideration, even respect.