The Western Alliance: European-American Relations Since 1945

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The Western Alliance: European-American Relations Since 1945

By Alfred Grosser
Continuum, 1980
375 pp. $19.50
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A splendidly successful mixture of history and analysis: the crucial elements and turning points of a difficult relationship are placed in a broad context, sharpened by Grosser's fine sense for the multiplicity of actors and the complexity of any given situation. The telling quote or incident lends drama to an account that stresses the enduring problems of an uneven relationship; in regard to America's role he observes, "Domination refers to having and doing but also to being, which is so closely tied to seeming." A good text for the present crisis of the alliance, by a French scholar-writer with a remarkably internationalist perspective.