Concentrates on the long entanglement between the United States and NATO, elaborating on the ability of the allies to surmount their internal divisions and to confront their Soviet adversary.
In a collection of 12 essays, most developed as conference proceedings, linked by brief narratives, Kaplan (history, Kent State U.) provides a more detailed history of the organization than is generally available. His account is based on newly declassified documents in the US National Archives and the presidential libraries, and focuses on the US involvement. He appends the original 1949 document and includes a bibliographic essay. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)