Summary of The United States of Europe

The New Superpower and the End of American Supremacy

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The United States of Europe book summary
Lose your "old Europe" stereotypes – the E.U. is a major competitor of U.S. businesses and the next global superpower.


8 Overall

7 Applicability

7 Innovation

9 Style


This concise, well-written discussion of the new Europe is a useful introduction to the history of the European Union. Perhaps in the interest of readability, former Washington Post London bureau chief T.R. Reid portrays the E.U. as a threat to the United States and permits himself the luxury of somewhat breathless speculation. However, this sort of thing is a negligible flaw in a book so clearly aimed at a popular reading audience. To Reid’s credit, he makes the evolution of the Common Market, the creation of the euro, and contemporary Europe’s various political and economic struggles both readable and interesting. getAbstract recommends this book to managers of U.S. companies that have European offices and to anyone interested in contemporary international relations.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the European Union formed; and
  • How the rise of the E.U. affects U.S. economics and politics.


The Quiet Revolution
Most Americans have not noticed the profound changes taking place in Europe. The European Union has a currency, a flag, an anthem, a day of "national" celebration and the other accoutrements of a unified nation. No longer must Europeans traveling to other E.U. countries...
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About the Author

T.R. Reid is Rocky Mountain bureau chief for the Washington Post. He has also been the Post’s bureau chief in London and Tokyo.

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