Menges came to America as a child, his parents refugees from Nazi Germany. He went on to become one of the most outspoken anticommunists of President Reagan's national security staff, specializing in Latin America. In this history he returns to the center of the East-West confrontation, Germany. The perspective is apt, for the great strategic change of our era so far is German unification. If Menges's speculations about the future now seem overtaken by their assumption that the Soviet Union would remain a great and unified power, they still remind us of the forces at play if it-or Russia-were to regain that status.