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The United States of Europe by T.R. Reid
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Jan 28, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: politics-history
Read in November, 2006

I read this book after already having moved to Europe from the U.S. over a year before due to the many (appealing) ways Reid shows life in the E.U. is different to that in the U.S. Don't believe anything you hear to the contrary: Europeans DO live with better health care, more socialism, less jingoism, less militarism, less religion, and more sexual emancipation, AND THEY LIKE IT THAT WAY.

I then passed it on to a European friend who said he felt unusually proud to be European throughout the course of the book. Part of Europe's ability to keep its head when the U.S. can't can be traced to the fact that it tends to constantly be its own toughest critic, and overt nationalism or patriotism is looked upon with suspicion in a post-WWII era. Persistent self-examination and critiquing do tend to lead to progress.
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