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Bernard Connolly
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3 Dec 1996

'The Brussels Commission has just suspended its senior economist, Bernard Connolly, for writing a book savaging the prospects for a common currency. There are many who now believe he should be lauded as a prophet.' Observer, Editorial, 1 October 1995

'Mr. Connolly's longstanding proposition that the foisting of a common currency upon so many disparate nations would end in ruin is getting a much wider hearing...' New York Times, 17 November 2011

When first published in 1995, The Rotten Heart of Europe caused outrage and delight - here was a Brussels insider, a senior EU economist, daring to talk openly about the likely pitfalls of European monetary union.

Bernard Connolly lost his job at the Commission, but his book was greeted as a profound and persuasive expose of the would-be 'monetary masters of the world.' His brave act of defiance became headline news - and his book a major international bestseller.

In a substantial new introduction, Connolly returns to his prophetic account of the double-talk surrounding the efforts of politicians, bankers and bureaucrats to force Europe into a crippling monetary straitjacket. Hidden agendas are laid bare, skulduggery exposed and economic fallacies are skewered, producing a horrifying conclusion. No one who wants to understand the workings of the EU, past, present and future can afford to miss this enthralling and deeply disturbing book.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; New Ed edition (3 Dec 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057117521X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571175215
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,002,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A new edition of the classic whistle-blower's account that shook Europe, fully updated for the post financial crisis world. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Bernard Connolly, born in Manchester in 1949. He worked for many years in the European Commission, becoming head of the unit responsible for analysis of the European Monetary System. The Wall Street Journal Europe named him as one of its outstanding Europeans of the year, 1995. Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of Canada, identified him as one of only a handful of economists to have accurately predicted the crisis. Derek Scott, economic adviser to Tony Blair, said of him that he understood the macroeconomic issues facing the world "better than any economist on the planet". As CEO of Connolly Insight, LP, Bernard Connolly now lives in New York. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A complex read but well worth it... 18 Jan 2010
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Not a book for the beach or holidays but it is one the finest books ever written on European monetary union. It should be read by all those who want the UK to adopt the euro or who are members of the Euro. However, it isn't a simplistic 'euro bashing' book . At its core it is an entertaining analysis of how the Exchange Rate Mechanism was cobbled together and how fell asunder. Laser like analysis focuses in on the its fatal flaws that everyone just wanted to look over. His analysis exposes the petulant nationalism that is at the heart of attempts at European Monetary Union. The verbal pictures he paints of the egotistical and arrogant eurocrats is worth the price of the book alone. It has been a number of years since it was first published but its predictions for difficulties within the Euro area have proved true. He highlights the simple fact that without political union there can never be monetary union but did not stop those intent on trying to achieve it. The ERM fell apart but this was swept aside and the answer was even close with the actual monteary union and a common currency. However, the slowly shifting techtonic plates of nationalism are grinding and tearing at the seams of the Euro now. The outcome is difficult to predict, but in effect the eurocrats built a cinema without a fire escape on the suppostion that this realisation would prevent anyone from ever risking starting a fire...but now there is smoke and panic is setting in.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book! 20 Dec 2001
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This is one of the best books that I have read. I am studying an Economics Degree and this is exactly the sort of analysis that is needed on the EMU/ERM. Although Connolly has strong opinions on this subject, these are always backed up by facts and logical arguments. His knowledge of economics is first rate, and I only wish he would write a new edition so that I could understand the present day politics of EMU!
My only warning is that this is a fairly technical book. In order to be able to really follow the arguments you need to have a grounding in macroeconomics. It will be heavy going without it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This book offers a frightening insight in the dirty dealings and hidden, political and personal motives behind the continued push for further European integration, and the single currency in particular. Anyone believing in this must be wearing blinkers not to do some serious reflection after having read the book, written by a former insider and top official of the European Commission. The book may appear a bit heavy from time to time when it gets down to monetary and financial theory, but the author has clearly made an effort not to lose the casual reader, and while one may not understand every detail, the book largely hammers home the point.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read! 28 Feb 2000
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This is, perhaps, one of the best books I have read. The book is convincing in that it draws on so much economic analysis, there are few points that are not soundly backed up. A tough read, and one that will probably require a good knowledge of economics, this book should still be read by anyone who is undecided over europe, I am certainly converted into a "eurosceptic"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent insight. 1 May 2014
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I now feel I have some impression of how things proceed in the EU. Clearly the author is one of those people who has been in a position to see, at first hand, the unsatisfactory motivations and machinations of people who's greatest aim is to make a name for themselves. You would like to think that procedures exist for testing and proving plans for progress but, in truth, it seams that they are just winging it from one catastrophe to the next. I.E. Do something and see what happens then try to fix it. I do not believe there are many people who can get their head around the problems of Europe and I do not believe many of them are in a position to do anything about it! Clearly nobody in power realized that the Euro would take away a country's ability to devalue in order to become more competitive. The pattern repeats itself over and over. For me, its time to get out. I have read a number of books on this subject and I would recommend this book very highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rotten indeed!! 19 Sep 2013
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About 20 years ago I told some friends that EU was the new Soviet Union and we would all lose our freedoms and our democracy, I was ridiculed. Well here is the evidence that the EU is an idea based on French and German political lines, in other words do as we say or else.
The book is well written and extremely interesting as an insight into how the EU works political and what those political and economic objectives really are. The technical financial stuff can be confusing but a full understanding of it is not essential.
Some of the information related is truly astounding, and reveals just how cynical the EU project is.
If you want to properly informed about the EU before we get our in/out vote, read this book.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No wonder they tried to ban it ... 22 Nov 2000
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Mr. Connolly's credentials are impeccable. Having worked at the "Commission" for many years, he is in place to write the most detailed and therefore damming account of the lies and treachery surrounding the whole "Europe" project. This book illuminates not only the historical but also the current U.K and European political scene. With this book still available, there can be no excuse for ignorance on the subject of Europe. The E.U. called the book "blasphemous": I would call it "the truth" and if one has been reading anything about Mr. Connolly and the European Courts, one would realise his strength under duress. At some point, and I hope it's soon, Mr. Connolly will be seen as a Crusader for truth and justice. Once you have read this, Europe will NEVER seem the same again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A plague on them.
The machiavelian machinations of Europe's godfathers revealed and why we should treat them as an infectious disease.
Published 4 days ago by Brian Pickering
3.0 out of 5 stars Get out now while we can
If, as I imagine the author wishes to tell as many British people as possible, (before it's too late) the truth behind the" criminal" goings on of the un-elected heads of... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Mr. Ja Seston
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for the fainthearted
For me, looking for a general view of the EU, this was not it. Far too much detail of exchange rates which made the book somewhat tedious as well as not being updated to more... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Jack Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
First class.
Published 1 month ago by Dr J T R Bavin
4.0 out of 5 stars Can be hard going for a novice.
Stick with this book its well worth it.
Will give you a good idea of what is really going on inthe EU.

Pat Morris..
Published 7 months ago by patrick anthony morris
5.0 out of 5 stars goodness, this is amazing
This is a completely amazing book. I don't think we can thank Bernard Connolly enough for his insight and the courage to speak out.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars How they did it and why!
A first class, in depth account of how a group of French and German politicians and bankers got Europe into this mess; pursuing their own personal agendas of power building. Read more
Published 10 months ago by rob
5.0 out of 5 stars A good insight.
Read this before the EU elections.
They are bought bandits with our money.
By continuing to pay towards this Mafia organisation we are perpetuating It.
Published 13 months ago by J. R. Harrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy going
No doubt Bernard Connolly knows his stuff, and no doubt that the EU is rotten to the core. A very well written book, but pretty heavy-going .. not one for the beach.
Published 15 months ago by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing but the truth
A well researched account of all the nasty politics behind the EU project. An eye opener and a convincing argument for the UK to stay as far away from it as possible.
Published 15 months ago by Sceptic No. uno
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