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The Passage to Europe

In Non-Fiction, Pick of the Week on August 5, 2013 at 8:30 AM

The Passage to Europe
Political philosopher, historian and adviser to the president of the European Union Herman van Rompuy, Luuk van Middelaar provides in a vivid narrative of the crises and compromises that united Europe in his recently translated The Passage to Europe; How a Continent Became a Union. It is a story of unexpected events and twists of fate, bold vision and sheer necessity, told from the perspective of the key players – from de Gaulle to Havel, Thatcher to Merkel. The author cuts through the institutional complexity by exploring the unforeseen outcomes of decisive moments and focusing on the quest for public legitimacy.

Financial Times selected The Passage to Europe as one of the books of the year. Tony Barber wrote in the Financial Times: It is a discerning, balanced, gracefully written book, flavoured with the insights of political science but filled with the meat of European Union history over six decades.

Tribune: Luuk van Middelaar has written by far the best, accessible, thoughtful account of Europe as was and is and as he hopes will be that we have seen in years.

The Passage to Europe was awarded the Socrates Prize for best Dutch Philosophy book and the 2012 European Book Prize. The English translation by Liz Waters, publisher Yale Books.
More information and reviews can be found on the books’ website.

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