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  • Series: Encounter Broadsides (Book 19)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594035601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594035609
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Hannan is a writer and blogger, and he has been a member of the European Parliament representing South East England for the Conservative Party since 1999. He graduated with a double first in history from Oriel College, Oxford, and worked as a speechwriter and journalist before standing for election. His previous book, The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America, was a New York Times bestseller. He blogs at www.hannan.co.uk.

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Outstanding book and an easy read.
Robbie
Indeed, one suspects that one reason they promote these lopsided claims is because most Americans aren't really familiar with actual conditions in Europe.
Fritz R. Ward
Daniel Hannan is an excellent writer and clearly lays out all the important points to his writing.
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Fritz R. Ward TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 20, 2011
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Like many moderately intelligent (but ill-informed) teenagers, I spent much of my high school career imagining myself as socialist rebel. And like many since, I defended my beliefs by pointed to various countries in Europe as an example of how successful the "democratic socialist" model was. And then I grew up. But the argument that Americans should emulate Europe persist, and our current President is a strong advocate of policies that would make the United States more like the European Union. He has already reversed the 1996 welfare reforms of Bill Clinton (the last president to make any significant free market reforms), he has signed legislation to advance the process of state run health care, and, having failed to get our Congress to pass a burdensome Cap and Trade bill on "carbon" emissions, has authorized the EPA to regulate carbon even more severely to the detriment of energy production and economic growth. If the latter policies are not soon reversed, the time will soon come when $5 a gallon for gasoline will seem like a bargain. But what of it? Critics of American policies will respond that Europeans have long paid high gasoline prices and they are prosperous. Why should we not follow their lead? The answer is because the European approach has not been nearly as successful as various left wing ideologues would like to believe. In fact, absent US subsidies, Europe would be even poorer than its current declining standard of living suggests.

Of course, these facts are not widely known, and are rarely reported. But this delightful little book by Daniel Hannan, a member of the European Parliament, takes apart many of the myths that idealistic members of the left promote.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Puterbaugh on December 17, 2011
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Europe sets no example for the United States. Europe, especially continental Europe, has a long history of creating huge messes -- two world wars, just to begin with. Then they created these welfare states that are so wonderful that the inhabitants are not having enough children to maintain the population.

England has a much better history -- no dictators, no gulags, no mass slaughter of the innocent -- but the English surely fell for the welfare state, hook line and sinker. Daniel Hannan has lived with it, and he is simply warning us: "Don't do that."

Unfortunately, the man in the White House is NOT listening.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Sirak on August 22, 2012
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The short and sweet of it considering that this is not a long book is that it provides evidence of the failure of trying to have everyone be equal and the consequences for everyone else when the government is involved in helping people.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robbie on August 25, 2011
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Outstanding book and an easy read. If this were read by every senator and member of congress, our country would be a lot better off!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Edens on October 3, 2012
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This is a thin volume that scared the bejeebies out of me as I see our country following the same path Europe has taken and feel there is nothing I can do to stop it. The U.S. has reached a tipping point where half of its people vote to preserve their government subsidies to the detriment of the other half. Those that pay and pay have little chance to reverse course because as more and more start feeding at the government trough, the payers become fewer and fewer. This is a sad and scary book that all politicians should.....but won't.....read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ofir L. Falcone on February 28, 2014
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This book is a wrning to America. We have to make up our minds regarding the path we should follow.
Do we want to follow the so call socialist democracies of Western Europe that are subjected to a bunch of bourecrats in Brussels or we want to continue with our system of government based on the Constitution, Capitalims and free markets.
Our system has lasted for two hundred and some years and has brought prosperity to the world. Where are the achievemnts of Western Eureope since the advent of socialism?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David M Nordmark on November 20, 2012
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In this concise little book Daniel Hannan does a great job of describing the historical differences between America and Europe, and why America must avoid the European path at all costs. It is a little bittersweet to read the book again, as it is obvious that a substantial number of Americans have no problem taking the European path to Greece. If you want to know what used to separate the US from Europe, this is a good place to start.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Chapin on April 28, 2012
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Few Englishmen, aside from Nigel Farage, so impress American conservatives as Daniel Hannan, and I think this book is an excellent introduction to his thoughts on both the EU and America.
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