This book is a serious and detailed history of NATO from its founding in 1949 to the present. The author, who worked as a NATO planner in the Pentagon, takes us through all the major political battles of the alliance, both in Europe and in Washington. In addition, he presents a wealth of quantitative data on evolving military balances and defense budgets that will be useful to students of this period. The author is very much a NATO traditionalist and argues that a deteriorating situation in Europe necessitates an expansion of the alliance, in terms of both membership and missions. Whatever the correctness of this judgment, the book remains a useful historical resource.