A harsh, well-written, if at times racy, criticism of Mitterrand's abandonment of progressive, truly socialist policies and his reaching out for centrist support. Singer attacks the gap between socialist promise and capitalist performance and pleads for the reinvention of a true socialism aiming still at an egalitarian and classless society. Like John Palmer, Singer wonders-hopefully-whether "the countries of Western Europe . . . can forge a radical alternative [to the American model and American pressure] likely to act as a magnet for the other half of Europe, ultimately including the Soviet Union."