The United States of Europe by T. R. Reid
The New Superpower and the End of American Supremacy

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In May 2004, the European Union will add ten new member states-including Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary, among others-to become a union of twenty-five nations. While this might seem a fairly innocuous and minute shift of political semantics for most Americans, the enlargement will increase the population of the EU to 450 million citizens, making it larger (in population) and richer (in GDP) than the United States-not to mention that the EU has more trade than the United States and more votes on the UN Security Council and all other international organizations. This New Europe is determined to flex its political and economic muscle on the world stage. The Continent has moved much further than most Americans realize toward the dream of a "United States of Europe," to borrow Winston Churchill's term.

T. R. Reid's The United States of Europe lays bare the ways in which the EU is positioning itself to be a global counterweight and second superpower, on equal footing with the U.S.A. Reid traces the rise of the EU from the days when Churchill and other visionaries set out in the post-World War II rubble to find a means to end war in Europe. He shows how this remarkably successful effort to "create peace" also created a global economic and political power that is often at odds with the United States. This drive toward unity has been accelerated by the powerful mood of anti-Americanism (or, at least, anti-Bushism) that has swept the Continent since the war in Iraq.

In addition to the political ramifications of the EU, The United States of Europe shows the great impact this alliance is having on the global economic market. The euro, which now has more daily users than the dollar, is fast becoming a reserve currency and a new standard for global finance, a globally recognized replacement for the once-almighty dollar. Unification has spawned a generation of European corporate managers who have led firms like Nokia, Airbus, BP, Vodafone, and Red Bull to catch and surpass their U.S. competitors in global markets.

The European Union, from its beginnings as an experiment in statecraft, has rapidly emerged as a resounding success; yet Americans have so far managed to ignore the geopolitical revolution under way across the Atlantic. Reid's book shows how quietly-and not so quietly-Europe is developing itself into an economic, political, and cultural powerhouse.
 

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T. R. Reid has covered the U.S. Congress, national politics, and four presidential campaigns for The Washington Post. He was the Post's Tokyo bureau chief from 1990 to 1995 and then became head of the paper's London bureau, where he chronicled the stunning rise of the European Union at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Reid is now the Post's Rocky Mountain bureau chief and a popular commentator on National Public Radio. He is the author of three books in Japanese and five in English, including The Chip: How Two Americans Invented the Microchip and Launched a Revolution.
 
Published November 4, 2004 by Penguin Press. 320 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Business & Economics, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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they have better health care, better social welfare, better public housing, better architecture.

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Mr. Reid's book, "The United States of Europe: The New Superpower and the End of American Supremacy," sometimes stretches to make the argument that the 25-nation European Union has marched into a central place on the world stage while America slept.

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The concluding chapters warn that the U.S. ignores Europe's new 25-nation strong union at its economic and political peril, but also draw attention to Europe as a huge, tariff-free market and potential sharer of global burdens.

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Out of the smoldering ruins of post World War II Europe arose the dream of three visionary men: former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, whose name resonates with every American, and two others whose names and reputations may not come so readily to mind.

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Daily Kos

We've got a unique forum here for Americans, Europeans and those of us - it seems many are finding a home here - who are expat/cross-cultural to exchange info & opinion, hash things out and just plain old vent, in the Kos tradition.

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Steve Weinberg Sacramento Bee 3.5 of 5 Stars "Reid takes us on an intriguing and entertaining journey through this comparatively new and powerful entity … using a wry wit and a journalist’s eye to capture what amounts to, in his words, ‘a geopolitical revolution of historic dimensions.’" Wi...

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The New York Review of Books

Conservative think tanks in Washington are lobbying against any consolidated European international presence—in the words of David Frum, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and former Bush speechwriter, it “raises important strategic questions” (i.e., we don’t like it).17 The new US se...

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Conservative think tanks in Washington are lobbying against any consolidated European international presence—in the words of David Frum, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and former Bush speechwriter, it “raises important strategic questions” (i.e., we don’t like it).17 The new US se...

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