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Philippe Legrain is an independent thinker and communicator who also has practical experience of policymaking at the highest level. From February 2011 to February 2014, he was independent economic adviser to the President of the European Commission and head of the team that provides the president with strategic policy advice. He is also the author of three critically acclaimed books – Open World: The Truth about Globalisation (2002); Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them (2007); and Aftershock: Reshaping the World Economy After the Crisis (2010). He tweets as @plegrain. For more details, see philippelegrain.com/about/
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  • Paperback: 482 pages
  • Publisher: CB Books (April 23, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782924809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782924807
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Albert WONG on September 12, 2014
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A bit dramatic and the author wrote like 'they didn't listen and hence the mess' tone. otherwise there are good perspectives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Kraemer on November 13, 2014
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Exhaustive, authoritative, and in well-written prose, this text serves as a great survey of all that is rotten in Europe while managing to remain upbeat for its future. Legrain is clearly familiar with the political bargaining, the institutional lags, and inherent structural weaknesses of European policy. For anyone interested in understanding the evolution of the 'post' Euro crisis continent, this is a must read.

Legrain has compiled a significant list of sources from which he derives his argument. He does not shy from reminding the reader of this throughout the text. Legrain also tends to push his own previous work a bit more than the reader may like, though such annoyances do not detract from the overall analysis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diogo on August 5, 2014
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Written by a competent author with both the knowledge and the courage to pinpoint the wrong decisions of European leaders, this book provides a rational and thought-provoking analysis of the fallacy of austerity, of why it is technically impossible to have every country emulating Germany, and why the UK should not even think about leaving the EU, among other things.

In addition, the book discusses a set of ideas about how to reshape the European economy based on entrepreneurship, controversial taxation policies, and cultural diversity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HANS CALF on July 7, 2014
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Phillipe. Gives a good insight how politicians tackled the Euro crises by creating an European zombie banking system and making their constituents collect the bill.
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