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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Revised, Revised and updated edition (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300176740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300176742
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,116,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'...gripping... Mr. Marsh's book has extra value because it draws on hundreds of interviews with the bigwigs involved in setting up the Euro... The result is an indispensable guide to monetary union.' (Economist) 'An amazingly detailed and thoroughly readable account of the long march to the Euro. This is the stuff of a political thriller: the deal-making behind a currency constructed not just as a financial instrument but also as a way of overcoming centuries of conflict. Anyone interested in European politics and economics, as well as Europe's place in the wider world, would enjoy it.' (George Soros) 'a compelling political story' (Ralph Atkins, Financial Times) 'An excellent new book.' (David Smith, Sunday Times) 'Marsh has achieved the seemingly impossible feat of making what the Brits tend to regard as a boring topic, best avoided, into a great story. What is more, it manages to be balanced, examining all the topical, as well as historical, issues.' (William Keegan, The Observer) 'There are not many economists in Marsh's generation who have been present at so many of the vital moments or who can call on such an impressive roster of interviewees as background research. He is especially good on the way that the two great European projects of our time - economic and political union - have counteracted each other.' (Philip Collins, The Times)"

About the Author

David Marsh is chairman of SCCO International and co-chairman of Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum. He is a frequent contributor to German and British publications, and he lectures widely on political, economic, and business issues. He lives in London.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jedrury VINE VOICE on January 29, 2012
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Begun as a prelude to a political union, the Euro seemingly has become an expensive and failed experiment according to its critics. David Marsh takes the reader back to post war Europe and the inception of the idea of monetary union describing how political, monetary and economic machinations and stratagems gave rise to this noble attempt to avoid more war and achieve financial and monetary stability. His topical history, given the Euro's present instability, demands a degree of familiarity with the complex interaction of foreign currencies with monetary policy and the world of revaluations, devaluations, exchange rates, Lombard rates and the complex interconnectedness inherent in global finance. Originally published in 2009, the paperback version has been thoroughly updated to the summer of 2011. Marsh's extensive interviews and a deep knowledge of monetary affairs along with his revealing footnotes make this book the definite read on the Euro, its background and probably its future. The book moves chronologically from the end of the World War almost to the present. The frission between France and Germany is central to the story. The United Kingdom appears to be an interested, intrusive and important bystander, while the United States plays almost no role in this book even though the establishment of the Euro was partially in response to the threat of the dollar to European monetary policy. Non political and straightforward, Marsh's appreciation for the likes of Helmut Schmidt, Helmut Kohl, Jean Claude Trichet and Valery Giscard d'Estaing as individuals committed to the success of the Euro is palpable while his clever characterizations of the "causticity" of Thacher, the haplessness of Chirac and the impulsiveness of Sarkozy make equally clear his feelings for those leaders.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Merritt S. Maxim on September 5, 2012
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This book was originally written following the Maastricht Treaty in 1992 that established the basis for the Euro, but the author has since updated it to reflect on the current issues in the Euro zone with Greece and other member nations. The history of the push towards a central currency is very interesting. Some basic macro-economic knowledge will help the reader better understand some of the policy issues and implications, but if you want a good overview of the Euro the challenges it faces, this book is a great start
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Excellent historical analysis, though somewhat biased: it neglects non French/German figures, while the British are over-represented. A must read for those interested in how the euro came into existence, but not really a guide/vision about its future.
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By José Maria Matias on October 1, 2014
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Good survey of the process of construction of european monetary union.
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