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The Great Deception: Can the European Union Survive ? [Paperback]

Christopher Booker , Richard North
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17 Mar 2005
As the European Union moves towards adopting the constitution which will mark its final emergence as a 'United States of Europe', The Great Deception shows how the most ambitious political project of our time has, for more than 50 years, been based on a colossal confidence trick - the systematic concealment from the peoples of Europe of what the aim of this project has always been since its inception in the late 1940s. As it reveals for the first time the true story behind the long-term plan to build a politically-united Europe, the authors show how all previous attempts to reconstruct the history of this project - whether written by Europhiles or Eurosceptics - have got it wrong, at almost every step along the way. With all the suspense of a detective story, drawing on thousands of books, papers and official documents, many of which have only become publicly available in the past few years, the book traces how a handful of determined visionaries set out more than half a century ago to weld the countries of Europe into a single political state. The Great Deception should immediately become a standard reference work for all students of politics. Yet, so disturbing is the picture that emerges that, at a time when Britain's future in the EU is a subject of national debate, it will also spark much wider concern.

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  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.; New edition edition (17 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082647652X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826476524
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Richard North was born in 1948 and brought up in North London. He has in recent years won a reputation as one of Britain s most expert defence analysts, through his Defence of the Realm blog. Formerly a research director in the European Parliament, North is also a political analyst through his EU Referendum blog, which examines Britain s place in the world with particular reference to its membership of the European Union.

He has co-authored four bestselling books with the Sunday Telegraph columnist Christopher Booker, including Scared To Death: From BSE To Global Warming, How Scares Are Costing Us The Earth (2007) and The Great Deception (2005), a comprehensive history of the European Union. He is the author of Ministry of Defeat (2009).

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"Anyone who doubts that such deceit has been deliberately practised should read a brilliant new book by Booker and North." -- House of Lords Official Report, Feb 11th 2004

"The authors, both notable commentators and researchers in this complex field, have written a real page-turner." -- Church of England Newspaper

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Published to follow the launch of Giscard D'Estaing's new European Constitution in June 2004, The Great Deception shows how the 'United States of Europe', the most ambitious political project of our time, has for more than fifty years been based on a colossal confidence trick. The research on which this book is based is faultless and mind-boggling.
This book will delight Eurosceptics but its thesis and the massive research on which it is based will mean that Europhiles will have to take it seriously.

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75 of 80 people found the following review helpful
I found the book totally absorbing with its clear explanation of this extremely important and complex subject that is usually confused by coded Euro-speak. Such a well written and researched work leading to compelling conclusions is a pleasure to read and revisit.
The results of the recent Referendums in France and The Netherlands in conjunction with subsequent events show how sound the authors are in their analyses and arguments. Some people may be confused by the odd reactions of the political elite of the European Union to the 'No' votes. This book explains the origins and culture of the EU which makes it easier to understand the detachment of the Euro elite from the norms of democracy.
Having read university law degree modules on UK and EC constitutional law I was intrigued by a paradox. The general lack of knowledge and discussion of the development of the EU exists in spite of the fact that it increasingly controls our lives standing in place of many of the previous functions of the UK Parliament. But the British people have not been consulted in a Referendum since 1975. How can this be in a liberal democracy?
Furthermore, anyone who criticises the EU seems generally to be labelled 'Eurosceptic' which implies the critic is innately biased against European people (xenophobic even) and is incapable of forming a balanced and objective opinion. This strategy seems designed to prevent open debate and, if so, it has been extremely successful. But, why are discussion and dissent so discouraged in a liberal democracy?
'The Great Deception' fills a void in current public literature on the subject by explaining how the EU has evolved by stealth and the unswerving dedication of its original founders: Arthur Salter and Jean Monnet.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Great deception 15 Nov 2010
Very revealing . The aim of the European politicians from the start was the complete unification of Europe and British politicians deceived the population with lies that it was just an economic and trade group. This means ,because of the lies, the whole system is undemocratic and will collapse.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
This is the most important book that I have read. It provides an exhaustive history of the EU combined with a coherent and cogent series of arguments that persuasively describe how and why it was established and continues to operate against our national interest.

This book has been described as polemical by some of the other reviewers; perhaps so, but that does not make the content incorrect or the analysis wrong. The text is, in places, rather hard going owing to the level of detail but this does serve to underline its intellectual rigor. The final chapter provides a wonderful summary of a book that someone needed to write and everyone in the UK should read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pass the blood pressure tablets 10 Sep 2012
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A genuinely fascinating read, it provides so much background information to the current issues within the EU that no one who follows politics should miss it. It is revealing that so much that is held to be true and obvious by those who favour the EU simply turns out to be a façade once examined. The almost complete lack of control by the Council of Ministers, the failure to comply with their own laws when inconvenient etc .

If you want to find out how successive generations of UK politicians have had rings run around them by the EEC / EC / EU and often lied to both Parliament and the public you need look no further.

On the other hand if you want to ensure that your blood pressure stays within acceptable limits find something which is less likely to make you angry.

The only negative point I would make is that it ends in 2005 so misses the current crisis, if there is ever a new edition I will be at the front of the queue.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Deception 17 Dec 2011
This is a facinating history of the EU. It should be compulsary reading for every politician or those contemplating a career in politics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Mind boggling. And we all thought our politicians were clever.

Many are stupid, a proportion are treacherous...and those two groups make up the majority.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Deception: a wake- up call 30 Jan 2008
`The Great Deception' reads like a John LeCarré spy thriller. From its inception, the European project has been the biggest con game in town, its beneficiaries being the weak economies in Europe's garlic belt, led by France.
From the wholesale destruction of Britain's fishing industry and agriculture to the myriads of nauseating bureaucratic regulation killing off small businesses, the book sets out in almost irritating detail how, each step of the way, politicians who did not have a clue what they were up against, signed away, bit by bit and parcel by parcel, their national sovereignty, all the time not even pretending, but actually believing they were acting in their country's best interests.
In doing so, they wilfully destroyed people's livelihood, reminiscent of the 1930's period of collectivisation in the Soviet Union.
A salutary warning to those who think freedom and democracy can only be destroyed by a coup d'état or foreign military occupation.

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