The Alekhine is arguably the most forcing and aggressive reply to 1e4. Black immediately sets the pace and drags the game onto his own favoured territory. This strategy is not without risk, but those who specialize in the Alekhine find that the opneing has a real practical sting and quick-strike potential.
This book describes the main positional and tactical themes unique to the Alekhine, and the principle directions of play in modern practice. The coverage is even-handed, and there are abundant ideas presented to both sides, including ways for white to seek to consolidate his space advantage, or else to try to blast black off the board.