“Before reading "The United States of Europe: The New Superpower and the End of American Supremacy" I had some pretty cut and dried opinions about the continent, the nations and its citizens. For years I have been reading in the American press that Europeans were sponging off American largess. After all, the reason that Europeans had so much vacation time and could afford so many generous social benefits was that the American people were essentially paying for the defense of Europe. I thought of most Europeans as flaming liberals who were disconnected from reality and unwilling to assume their fair share of responsibility for the goings on in the rest of the world. I was getting pretty tired of subsidizing their lackadaisical lifestyle. I was told by our political and business leaders that the United States was still the worlds leading economic power and would likely continue to be for generations to come. In "The United States of Europe" author T.R. Reid makes a succinct and compelling argument for the European position on many of the great issues of our time and explains why the European Union has suddenly become a major player on the world scene.
"The United States of Europe" had been in the making for several decades. Many war weary Europeans came to the conclusion at the end of World War II that perhaps the only way to avoid another devasting conflict was to pool its vast talent pool and resources and work together toward common goals. And so, ever so gradually, the European Union was conceived. This bold idea gained more and more momentum over the decades and what has emerged is a New Europe, richer and more influential than anything anyone could have imagined just a decade ago. Indeed, most Americans have failed to see it coming.
"The United States of Europe" traces the history of the stunning poiltical and economic achievement that is the New Europe. Today, more than two dozen nations are a part of the European Union. Citizens of these countries are free to live and work anywhere in the EU. Former enemies are now allies. There is a common currency, the Euro, which has been wildly successful. Cooperation has replaced trade barriers and armed conflict and state of the art transportation grids have made travel throughout the New Europe much easier. At the same time most Americans have absolutely no idea that their own well being and the American economy may ultimately be threatened with the goings on in Europe.
To be sure, T.R. Reid does see a few problems on the horizon for the EU and does not fail to point them out. But on the whole Reid appears to embrace most of the European agenda. Personally, I still have a number of concerns about some priorities of the so-called New Europe. "The United States of Europe: The New Superpower and the End of American Supremacy" is an important book that needs to be widely read here in the U.S. It seems to me that it is critical that the American people fully understand the nature of the political and economic consequences posed by the New Europe. Highly Recommended. ”
“a little premature. ”Branwell's Books wrote this review Saturday, March 5, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What if your country didn't spend half of your taxes on the a military primarily devoted to making the world safe for American capital imperialism? You would be able to enjoy a higher standard of living, fast and efficient public transportation systems, and universal health care, too.”Nathan B wrote this review Sunday, February 6, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“it is almost scary how much of this stuff has come true ”Brian G wrote this review Saturday, November 27, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Why can't our politicians come up with a system like this. If waring nations can come together like this, why can't Democrats and Republicans do it?”Terry S wrote this review Thursday, August 19, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not too dry, concise, easy to understand and compelling.”Michael E wrote this review Thursday, March 18, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“T.R. Reid's The United States of Europe is a book I received from a good friend Ed. Chronicling the rise of the E.U. and how it has surpassed the U.S. in many ways this tome is prophetic of the days to come as the decline of the U.S. will continue and the rest of the world will leave it behind.”Mike R wrote this review Thursday, September 3, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This isn't necessarily the type of book that would interest me, but I found it quite captivating. It makes me want to move to Europe. : )
I read the book several years after it was written, so some of the information in it may be stale, but overall, I think it is still relevant. In general, the author discusses the rise of Europe as a second superpower, to counterbalance America's stranglehold as the lone world superpower of the past few years. I think this is a good thing, and also believe that the Europeans are forcing our hand in many good ways --- environment, science, world standardization, etc. I would recommend this book to all Americans, if for no other reason than to wake us up to the fact that we're not the only show in town.”
“If you been living in your own American coco nest and have not take time to even peak out side of your door, and have zero clue what your government been up to since the past century you might want to consider reading this book. It will shock you, it will wake you up and if you're lucky enough with plenty of $$$$$ in your pocket you will have opportunity for fresh new life in a continent where have learned many lessons from its own mistakes during the history. ”Avalon Swan wrote this review Sunday, May 3, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No