A collection of essays by a political scientist and expert on Eastern Europe, dealing with major European issues after 1977 in an East-West perspective. Informative and judicious pieces, including, inter alia, essays on arms control and the peace movement, the Polish crisis and détente. Running through the entire book is the concern with the worsening state of our Alliance (and theirs, too). Zinner writes analytically, but with a good grasp of the practical. He has a particular interest in the German problem and Ostpolitik, the advent of which he thought was "inevitable and its continuation unavoidable. [But] I am not certain if the benefits that may accrue to the Federal Republic will outweigh the liabilities it stands to incur from the Ostpolitik in the long term."