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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Agate B2 (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193284161X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932841619
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR THE END OF THE EURO:

"An essential title for any reader with investments or interest in financial instruments." —Library Journal

"Johan Van Overtveldt is a consistently insightful and incisive writer and I await each of his books with real anticipation." —Tyler Cowen, The Marginal Revolution blog

"'What is striking is that the question of staying with the euro was really something for nut cases; now it is openly discussed,' says Johan Van Overtveldt, author of a book on the crisis called The End of the Euro. The concern, he says, is that divisions over the common currency in traditionally pro-euro countries like the Netherlands make additional big and painful solutions to the crisis harder to achieve, and an eventual unraveling of the common currency more likely." —Christopher Rhoades, Wall Street Journal

"As the Belgian editor-in-chief of a leading news weekly Johan Van Overtveldt argues in his new book The End of the Euro, 'Before the euro, the German corporate sector had to invest, push productivity, and innovate constantly to compete with companies in countries that regularly devalued their currencies.' The unified currency changed that, much to the satisfaction of Germany's powerful industrial lobby, which still loves the euro for this very reason." —Paul Hockenos, Foreign Policy

"[Johan Van Overtveldt's] analysis of the consequences for the euro project is compelling. I hope politicians will read this book before they try to put the European project back together." —Anil Kashyap, Edward Eagle Brown Professor of Economics and Finance, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

"With financial crisis sweeping the world, the economic experiment of the Euro has its future in doubt. The End of the Euro: The Uneasy Future of the European Union is a study and discussion from famed economic journalist Johan Van Overtveldt as he discusses the united currency of the European Union, as he argues that the Euro is doomed to fail.... The End of the Euro is an excellent addition to community and college economic studies library collections." —Midwest Book Review

"The End of the Euro is a must for all those wondering whether the euro is heading for abyss or salvation. It succinctly analyzes the causes of the euro crisis...Read history while it is unfolding." —Derk Jan Eppink, member of the Economic Monetary Committee of the European Parliament

"[The Greek protest] is the latest manifestation of widespread social upheaval as Europe braces for the coming winter of discontent. Whether a glorious summer follows – or merely more anger and economic dislocation – is anyone's guess. But if you want to make yours an educated guess, rather than the uninformed speculation that fuels talk radio and tabloid journalism, do yourself a favor and read Johan Van Overtveldt's The End of the Euro: The Uneasy Future of the European Union." —James Brodderick, Bookpleasures.com

"Johan Van Overtveldt’s account is essential reading for anyone wishing to grasp the root causes of the eurozone crisis...Looking ahead, his prediction is as bold as it is pertinent: unless the euro replicates the stability of the deutschmark, it will be Germany that finally turns out the lights on the single currency." —Mats Persson, director of the London-based think tank Open Europe

"A whole generation of Europeans has found comfort in the idea that economic cooperation has overruled the pull of power politics and even some basic laws of economics. This book forcefully squashes that illusion. A must-read!” —Jonathan Holslag, research fellow at the Brussels Free University


PRAISE FOR JOHAN VAN OVERTVELDT'S BERNANKE'S TEST:

"Here at last is a book about the US Federal Reserve that is neither impossibly technical nor populist. The author is obviously extremely familiar with the American financial and political scene." —Samuel Brittan, Financial Times, February 22, 2009

"A timely study that will help readers interpret the headlines, though it offers little comfort to those hoping for a quick solution to the present mess." —Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2009

"Anyone who wants to understand the role of the Fed in the current crisis will find this an accessible primer." —Publishers Weekly, February 22. 2009

"Johan Van Overtveldt is a consistently insightful and incisive writer and I await each of his books with real anticipation." —Tyler Cowen, The Marginal Revolution blog


PRAISE FOR JOHAN VAN OVERTVELDT'S THE CHICAGO SCHOOL:

"This is an admirably detailed and thoroughly welcome history of a great centre of economic thought." —The Economist, June 23, 2007

"Overtveldt is at his best in his depiction of the ruthless yet stimulating internal culture of the department during these years...Rather than quench debate, Overtveldt argues that for those who could withstand the pressure, the intellectual hazing helped hone their economic analyses." —Kim Phillips-Fein, Chicago Tribune, June 25, 2007

"Its exploration of the interaction between institution and idea is unique and fascinating." —Publishers Weekly, March 26, 2007

"A landmark in the history of economic thought." —Tyler Cowen, The Marginal Revolution blog, June 5, 2007

About the Author

Johan Van Overtveldt is the editor in chief and managing director of Trends, Belgium's leading weekly on business and economics. He has published several books in Dutch and contributes to The Wall Street Journal Europe and other publications. Also the author of Bernanke's Test and The Chicago School, he lives in Brussels.

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For this alone, the book deserves 5 stars.
Loves the View
Belgian journalist Johan Van Overtveldt says it inevitably will end in tears.
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The book is a good Euro Primer from a respected European journalist.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Loves the View VINE VOICE on May 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Johan Van Overtveldt makes the very complicated economics of the euro intelligible to the lay person. For this alone, the book deserves 5 stars. He shows how the euro's initial success masked the EMU's underlying problems and how the fiscal crisis brought its inherent weaknesses out from under the table.

He first shows how Europe's "Economic and Monetary Union" was not fully based on economics or monetary policy. Many of the founders were pursuing political goals (a prototype for a more unified Europe, prevention of war, etc.) which forced political, not economic, decisions from the very beginning, a practice which continues today. For instance, entrance requirements were waived or fudged in order to expand the continental footprint; the "no bailout" policies are being waived in order to hold the union together.

Van Overtveldt makes a convincing case that the EMU depends on Germany. There is growing percepion in Germany that the costs of the EMU are out of proportion to its benefits. Soon, he expects, Germany's political leaders will lose patience with the the other member nations, leave the EMU and restore the Deutsche Mark.

The author makes his point up front. He shows how his conclusion is based on the full history of not just the EMU, but other monetary unions. He shows how a currency needs unified policies behind it, not just monetary, but also trade, employment, public finance and banking as well, something a mere currency provider cannot deliver.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on March 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As the economic crisis in Europe reverberates from country to country, you might wonder how it will all end. Belgian journalist Johan Van Overtveldt says it inevitably will end in tears. The title of his book may give away the author's conclusion, but, before he convinces you of his prognostication, he carefully lays out the reasons for the founding of the European Union and explains how well-intentioned but shortsighted politicians set a plan in motion that was doomed from the start. He spares no one in his scathing assessment of the mishandling of the crisis that began in 2009, but he assigns particular fault to European leaders' inability to put aside nationalist interests for the sake of the union. If you wish to understand more deeply what's happening to the euro, getAbstract recommends reading this sobering but realistic appraisal of Europe's present and future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bandula on April 26, 2012
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The book is a good Euro Primer from a respected European journalist. It certainly educates in easily readable prose of the Euro s origins, its governance weaknesses, regional political rivalries, mainly between Germany and France, and a forecast as to how it all might end. It gives a Europeans' view of all these goings on, which to an American, is illuminating. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gderf on April 26, 2014
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This is a fine analysis (2011) to support a negative prognosis as to eventual survival of the EU. The book starts with a history of economic unions going back to the successful Zollverein and the failures of the Scandinavian (SMU) and Latin American (LMU) tries. It continues with the development of the EU in stages from the original ECSC agreement on coal and steel to the present (2011). It covers the Maastrict 3 stage plan agreement that led to the current EZ and EMS and the Thatcher, Mitterand, Kohl era. While listing pros and cons of financial union, Obertfeldt makes the point that the primary mission of the EU is peaceful coexistence. Much of the monetary benefit is less dependence on fluctuations (read decline) of the reserve currency (for now) dollar. On the positive side, the ECB is the most independent of the central banks. There's an informative study of OCA (optimal currency area) theory.

Politics involves a succession of German and French presidents culminating with Merkel and Sarkozy trying to dominate EU action. There is very good quantitative analysis showing that neither individual countries not the EZ as a whole obeys its own financial regulations regarding interest rates, inflation, deficit and debt. For comparison to the US at 100% debt/GDP, the EZ requirement is 60%. It's a fiction that each country is sovereign. The principle of convergence doesn't seem to be working.

Chap 2 contrasts optimism with research. Iceland's recovery due to freedom to devalue suggests the same solution for Greece by leaving the union. On the other hand one of the EZ benefits for stronger national economies is immunity from currency devaluation, but with attendant loss of power over currency.
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By Bobby Lee Brown on April 8, 2014
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This book is short but tell you everything you need to know. Wish more books was like this then all of the other non-sense
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By J. Guthrie on November 2, 2013
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Interesting, but not earth shattering. Most of the info has been published elsewhere so it's redundant. A bit boring at times.
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By etay on October 1, 2013
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This book is very well researched, thoughtful, insightful, and illuminating. I have learned quite a few things that I didn't know prior to reading this book.
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