In this highly readable and well informed essay Brent Pickett demonstrates that Foucault's work, however empirically or historically insightful, cannot sustain a coherent theoretical perspective on political reality or action by itself. There is a disjunction between Foucault's analysis of power and institutions and the normative orientations that so clearly animate his work. Contemporary political theorists attempting to appropriate and build upon Foucault's insights have almost invariably interpreted him as an individualistic anarchist, while Professor Pickett effectively argues that a more theoretically coherent interpretation would incorporate these insights into a radical theory of social democracy. He fully realizes, however, that there is textual support for either interpretive strategy, that one of them must be chosen, and that Foucault himself does not provide sufficient guidance for one or the other of these options. This book is clearly among the best I have read on Foucault, and from the perspective of a political theorist it is certainly the most useful.