The United States of Europe: The New Superpower and the End of American Supremacy
The book has an interesting perspective that focuses on the growing political and economic clout that The EU has due to its market size. It sites examples of the EU blocking large global mergers of US companies, the increasing value of the Euro currency and the trend of rich countries diversifying their treasury holdings away from the US do ...more
The reason I give the book only two stars is because I strongly disagree with Reid's premise: A dozen plus countries ceding much of their soverign authority to a common central government has produced and will continue to produce a "great" society that not only will ...more
The history alone is worthwhile but Reid has several sections which should be taught in schools as Things We Should Have Paid Attention To Instead Of Our Usual Pop Culture Navel-Gazing:
1. The rise of the EU as a force deliberately created as a counterba ...more
Ahh, what a beautiful American I am -- I read two books and instantly start spouting claims about how simple things really are...
But really, things are quite simple.
After bearing the brunt of the two world wars where human brutality was neatly matched with a new plateau of human ingenuity (tha ...more
The answer, of course, is "lots". By combining together, their strengths may seem larger, but so are their problems. And who's to say that "combined" really means that they act as one? It reminds me of the story of the fool who wanted to make rocks fl ...more
Anyone who has traveled through Europe since 2002, will see some significant changes. European integration has brought power. The elimination of trade barriers, the adoption of a common regulatory system, and the advent of the Euro (the world's strongest currency for much of it's life,) have made the European Union a financial and commercial superpower. ...more
I then passed it on to a European friend who said he felt unusually proud to be European throughout the cou ...more
Anyone who even glances at international headlines already knows there's a powerful new presence emerging in what used to be known as "the Old World." Reid provides a strong introduction to the EU's unprecedented exercise in international cooperation. While some reviewers take issue with what they view as overstatement, oversimplification, or selective inclusion of facts, most, if not all, agree with Reid's underlying message: Americans need to pay far more attention to the activity across the A...more
Some of the ideas in this book have become a trifle dated, but I read it shortly after it came out and I was fascinated by the possibilities.
Reid eloquently describes straight-forwardly the rise of the EU and what it means for the U.S. as well as other states such as China. I personally think Reid overstates his case, g ...more
Europe is trying to be everything that the US is not. They make the rules because they have a huge market, more than half of the global commerce. And they also have a bigger vote in the international org ...more
Even so, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this engaging and fun book, though I disagree with his subtitle, because the news runs counter to his theory that we are witnessi ...more
The most interesting thing I learned was that English is the de facto language across the continent, as well as the official langu ...more
Should be required by those who want to play ahead for the 'new' rules following the global economy recovery.
Reid, a Classics major at Princeton University, served ...more