The United States of Europe: The New Superpower and the End of American Supremacy Summary

The SQUEEZE: American unilateralism encompasses a wide-range of approaches to political stability and economic supremacy. However, the new European Union poses a challenge to this goal. T. R. Reid’s book titled “The United States of Europe: The New Superpower and the End of American Supremacy” provides an informative portrait of a rising country that comprises 25 nations and approximately 450 million citizens. Simply, in contrast to the United States, the EU has more people and wealth and provides free education and guaranteed healthcare. Reid traces the emergence of the European Union and its influence upon international courts. Reid suggests that the EU is a threat to American supremacy. Reid’s work is a must-read for politicians and academics.


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Notable Endorsement: “While ‘old Europe’ is most often portrayed as more bark than bite in its differences with the current U.S. administration, NPR commentator and former Washington Post European bureau chief Reid finds the E.U. as a whole ‘determined to change a world that has been dominated by Americans.’ The opening chapters quickly summarize everyday Europeans’ love-hate relationship with the States, the legacies of the 20th-century wars, and the creation of the Euro. The center chapters present GE as a case study in transatlantic trade gone wrong (‘Welch’s Waterloo’) as well as other snafus that show Europe attempting to dominate market share of everything from cell phones to pharmaceuticals. . . . There’s little surprising here, but Reid’s primer on recent U.S. European relations genially summarizes an evolving, if often reluctant, partnership.” –Publishers Weekly.

Common Q’s Answered by this Book:

  • What characterizes “old Europe”?
  • What are some examples of the love-hate relationship between Americans and Europeans?
  • What is the Euro?
  • What is the “New European Union”?
  • What are the challenges to economic supremacy? For the U.S.? For Europe?
  • What is American unilateralism?


About the Author: T. R. Reid is a correspondent for The Washington Post. He has worked as a chief for both the Tokyo and London bureaus. He was recently a commentator for National Public Radio. He frequently writes about strategies that have launched a revolution, for which “The Chip” is an example. In this book, Reid discusses the work of two Americans and their invention of the microchip. Reid also writes about his experiences in Japan which led to the development of “Confucius Lives Next Door.” His professional career includes serving as a naval officer and teaching at Princeton and the University of Michigan. Reid completed a bachelor’s degree in Classics from Princeton University. For a complete biography, visit:


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Publisher: Penguin Books (November 2005)

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