The history of defense budgets, force structures, and committee-devised plans does not make for enthralling reading, but it is nonetheless an important subject. This workmanlike study, based on considerable archival research, presents a solid survey of the evolution of NATO's force posture. Although compiled by a political scientist, it is a contribution to the history of the Western alliance. The author contends that the development and subsequent stabilization of NATO's force structure resulted from balance-of-power and intra-alliance considerations, and he makes that case convincingly. A useful book that plugs a hole in the literature on NATO.