An excellent essay on Britain's participation in the European Community, explaining but not condoning Britain's reticent and at times recalcitrant conduct. The book reviews current EC issues against a briefly sketched historical background. The book can be read as a general analysis of the EC's prospects and as a particular study of Britain's failure to play "the leadership role which many people hoped and expected that it would. . . . The principal aim of this study is to throw light on why this should be so and to suggest ways in which Britain can play a more constructive and influential role." A good example of diagnosis and prescription, putting much emphasis on Britain's attachment to sovereignty and its "special relationship" with the United States.