Synopses & Reviews
To Americans accustomed to unilateralism abroad and social belt-tightening at home, few books could be more revelatory—or controversial—than this timely, lucid, and informative portrait of the new European Union.
Now comprising 25 nations and 450 million citizens, the EU has more people, more wealth, and more votes on every international body than the United States. It eschews military force but offers guaranteed health care and free university educations. And the new “United States of Europe” is determined to be a superpower. Tracing the EU’s emergence from the ruins of World War II and its influence everywhere from international courts to supermarket shelves, T. R. Reid explores the challenge it poses to American political and economic supremacy. The United States of Europe is essential reading.
"A first-rate journalist, Reid provides impressive evidence to support his hypothesis." —The Denver Post
"A lively, thought-provoking book." —The Seattle Times
"T. R. Reid is like that great teacher you once had who makes a potentially dull and ponderous subject entertaining." —The Miami Herald
Now comprising 25 nations and 450 million citizens, the European Union has more people, wealth and votes than the United States. The author explores the challenge it poses to American political and economic supremacy.
About the Author
T. R. Reid is a longtime correspondent for the Washington Post and former chief of its Tokyo and London bureaus as well as a commentator for National Public Radio. His books include The Chip and Confucius Lives Next Door.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Sleeping Through the Revolution
One: The Atlantic Wars
Two: The Invention of Peace and the Pursuit of Prosperity
Three: The Almighty Undollar
Four: Welch's Waterloo
Five: L'Europe Qui Gagne; or, I Can't Believe It's Not American Butter
Six: The European Social Model
Seven: Showdown at Capability Gap
Eight: Generation E and the Ties That Bind the New Europe
Nine: Waking Up to the Revolution
Appendix 1: The States of Europe
Appendix 2: Inside the Belgeway: The Governing Structure of the European Union
About the Author