Ever since he commanded the British military mission in wartime Greece, Woodhouse has been concerned with Greek politics. His earlier books exemplified his grasp of Greek murkiness, made perhaps surer by his own experience in British politics as a Tory MP. He has written a brilliant study of the brutal and ruinous regime of the colonels, of the support and resistance it encountered at home and abroad. America's role, largely in favor of the colonels, is carefully scrutinized in the context of Middle East politics generally. An important book, with implications for twentieth-century politics.