I approached this book, the second published volume of Wallerstein’s selected papers, with trepidation. I had read most of these papers when they were originally published over the years and experienced his sometimes tedious and convoluted prose style (e.g., first full paragraph on page 10), his tendency to quote long passages from his previous papers (e.g., pp. 44, 76, 87–88), and his self-congratulatory tone (e.g., informing us that certain papers were given "by invitation"). As I read through the book, however, I grudgingly had to admit that this series of papers is outstanding and demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the history of psychoanalysis as well as of the current issues and problems in the field. It is almost a textbook of psychoanalysis and will be of very great interest to practicing psychoanalysts and anyone interested in the situation of the discipline today. This is true even though some sections seem to be almost medieval disputation (e.g., chapter 3), but if one is willing to wade through some of the longeurs, one will be richly rewarded by Wallerstein’s erudition and capacity to state fairly both sides of various current controversies.