Book Review: The United States Of Europe

The United States Of Europe:  The New Superpower And The End Of American Supremacy, by T.R. Reid

A friend of mine with questionable taste in books [1] had borrowed this book from another mutual friend and loaned it on to me, and while at first I found much to appreciate about this book, as the book progressed I was more and more irritated at the author and about his point of view, and by the end of the book I was convinced that the author and those of like mind on the part of the left who want to copy Europe’s model of life ought to be declared ineligible to be a part of the American political community.  If they want to live in Europe, let them, but they should not be allowed to pollute and corrupt our own republic by importing the socialist and bureaucratic model of Europe.  The author probably assumed, given his frequent flattering of the erudition of his reading audience, that he was writing to people of like mind, which made him perhaps more honest and upfront than he would have been had he realized that not everyone reading the book was friendly to his political worldview or to his praise for Europe’s influence on American law and practice.

The nearly 300 pages of material in this book is organized into a thematically organized set of chapters and a slightly entertaining if somewhat arbitrary appendix.  The book opens with a discussion of Americans being particularly ignorant about the revolutionary changes going on in Europe.  The author then talks about the widening division between Europe and the United States during the early 2000s, as well as the pacifist political philosophy of Europe in the aftermath of World War II.  The author has a chapter talking about the promise of the Euro as a threat to the dollar, and then spends an entire chapter talking about GE’s failed attempts to acquire Honeywell in the face of European concerns about bundling and a lack of competition.  After this there is a chapter about European investments in American brands, an entirely too flattering discussion of Europe’s social model, an account of Europe’s lack of military capability, a glowing introduction to Europe’s “Generation E,” and a closing chapter encouraging readers to wake to what is going on in Europe.  After this comes two appendices, the first one giving the states of Europe and the second one showing the insanely complicated governing structure of the European Union.

Again, I am probably not the ideal reader for this book, but although I am fairly hostile to the author’s political worldview, I am at least a writer whose familiarity with Europe and with more recent events than this book’s conclusion allows me to evaluate the author’s claims.  The author does not come off well as a prophet.  To be sure, Europe’s unification is momentous, but it has hardly been without problems, including the massive debt crisis in many nations.  Likewise, although the author presents the UK as having a bit of an identity crisis, he appears not to have had in mind the Brexit and its complications for devolution within the EU.  Overall, the author is too sanguine about the EU and about its greatness, to the point where the author comes off as being particularly unpatriotic as an American, jeopardizing his own credibility as someone who can speak with authority to Americans who are more critical of foreign influences than he is.  Overall, this book is disappointing and politically unacceptable, and provides yet more evidence of the illegitimacy of much of left-wing political thought in the United States and its desire to make us just another corrupt European socialist country.

[1] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2015/12/30/book-review-blinded-by-the-right/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017/04/08/book-review-the-death-of-american-virtue/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2016/03/12/book-review-president-reagan-the-triumph-of-imagination/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016/01/06/book-review-hear-that-lonesome-whistle-blow/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2015/02/15/book-review-there-once-was-a-world/

About nathanalbright

I'm a person with diverse interests who loves to read. If you want to know something about me, just ask.
This entry was posted in Book Reviews, History and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s