On August 2, 1961, Prime Minister Macmillan announced the decision of his government to make formal application for entry into the common market. This is an authoritative, up-to-date account of the events that preceded this major policy commitment, and of what is happening in Britain today. The development of Europe into viable political-economic unit hangs in the balance. Mr. Middleton sketches for the reader the postwar movement toward European unity, and outlines the factors that compelled Britain to take this first step. He ably analyzes the complexity and highly emotional content of many of the economic problems that face Britain as she moves toward the EEC. But he stresses that the long-term problems of her entry are more political than economic. The future of Britain, and of the entire free world, depends on whether, among her political leaders in the next years, those to whom change is a chance and a challenge will prevail. Bold action can earn Britain's place and say in the new twentieth century world. The author's forceful journalistic style is well suited to a description of the psychological and political make-up of a Britain that stands shivering on the European brink. It enables the author to convey to the reader the urgency of the emerging drama. Herein lies the real merit of an excellent book on a timely subject.