1. In the Wake of Willy Brandt.
2. A New Economic and Fiscal Policy.
3. The Rush to Lower Taxation.
4. The Election Campaign.
5. Red Socks - Red Hands.
6. Running for Federal Office.
7. My Friendship with Gerhard Schr÷der.
8. Hammering out the Government's Programme.
9. Choosing a Team.
10. The Formation of a Coalition Government.
11. The Red-Green Coalition.
12. Getting off on the Wrong Foot.
13. The Elections in Hesse.
14. Germany and France.
15. International Fiscal Policy.
16. My Resignation.
17. The War in Kosovo.
18. The Medium is the Message.
20. The Third Way is a Route to Nowhere.
21. A Glimpse of the Future.
'He complains bitterly of the difficulty of governing with four conflicting centres of power - the party executive, the chancellor's office, the parliamentary party and the upper house. Lafontaine wanted complete control of all of them, but ended up with nothing. His experience should serve as a warning for every new Labour cabinet minister' Iain Dale, New Statesman
'A revealing account of his experiences in the lead-up to and the aftermath of the Red-Green coalition of 1998 ... Lafontaine was then, as he is now in his retrospective account, uncompromising in his commitment to what he sees as the core values of the Left. In the preface to this English translation, in a message directed explicitly at British readers, he argues that "the only chance that social democrats have of winning political majorities is by representing the interests of workers, the unemployed and pensioners".' London Review of Books
'Oskar Lafontaine's latest book presents his resignation from Gerhard Schroeder's government as a case study illustrating the fault lines within European Social Democracy ... the resignation issue was the abandonment of social democracy, in other words. This is itself makes the book worth reading, restoring one's faith in the politics of principle.' Red Pepper
'There is no intrinsic harm in standing out against prevailing orthodoxies: on the contrary, it can be an uncomfortable but brave position. On many of the above issues, at least until one reads this book, it is easy to sympathise with little Oskar, manfully beating his drum for what he claimed to believe in.' German Politics
2. The inside story of why Oskar Lafontaine broke away from the third way politics of Schr?der's government
3. Addresses a range of issues central to the nature and future of social democracy