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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant overview European situation
Mr. Hewitt writes engagingly on a topic that affects us all. The story is crystal clear throughout and supplies us with up to the minute information that I found riveting. A "must" read for anyone with a desire to understand what is happening in Europe right now.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A solid recounting of what happened but no insight as to why
Let's get this straight out in the open: Any account of almost anything to do with the EU is never going to be easy to tell. Such is the nature of the beast, of the labyrinthine complexities that this bureaucratic behemoth generates at will. Mr Hewitt does an admirable job of breaking down the breaking down of the pro-Euro consensus from 2007 onwards.

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Published 3 months ago by Nick Lincoln


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant overview European situation, 3 Aug 2013
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This review is from: The Lost Continent: The BBC's Europe Editor on Europe's Darkest Hour Since World War Two (Kindle Edition)
Mr. Hewitt writes engagingly on a topic that affects us all. The story is crystal clear throughout and supplies us with up to the minute information that I found riveting. A "must" read for anyone with a desire to understand what is happening in Europe right now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well written and interesting, 22 Oct 2013
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well written and interesting. We used this as the text for a work book club and had a good conversation about Europe on the strength of it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A solid recounting of what happened but no insight as to why, 3 July 2014
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Nick Lincoln (Watford, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Lost Continent: The BBC's Europe Editor on Europe's Darkest Hour Since World War Two (Kindle Edition)
Let's get this straight out in the open: Any account of almost anything to do with the EU is never going to be easy to tell. Such is the nature of the beast, of the labyrinthine complexities that this bureaucratic behemoth generates at will. Mr Hewitt does an admirable job of breaking down the breaking down of the pro-Euro consensus from 2007 onwards.

There is, however, little insight or opinion. Hewitt recounts meeting after meeting and records what was discussed and agreed. In a way it is more like a collection of news reports from the period. Perhaps it is supposed to be? But one longs for some personal input from the author. After a while, chapter after chapter about interminable meetings, agreed actions and then failure to take them grates.

Two important takeaways from the book. Firstly, for those that believe the Anglo-Saxon capitalist model is not despised by mainland Europe, dream on; the bitterness and resentment is palpable. Secondly, the pro-EU, pro-Euro bureaucrats and politicians are not economically literate; they really did (do?) think the markets damned the Euro, not the other way around. Stunning naivety - and stunning arrogance from those involved, who make continual noises about somehow circumventing the market each and every time bond yields rose!

The final chapters dwell on the mounting hysteria in Greece and Spain, on riots and soup kitchens; on "Shining Dawn" and other extremist groups. Nothing is mentioned at all of mainstream pro-Sovereignty parties in Europe. No mention of UKIP, for example. This is more than odd, even for an author whose primary employer would appear to be the BBC.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The currency that will kill the E.U. dream?, 12 Jun 2014
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V. G. Evans Galtry (Bridgend U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Lost Continent: The BBC's Europe Editor on Europe's Darkest Hour Since World War Two (Kindle Edition)
MR Hewitt's book gives an insight into the crisis effecting Europe & how Democracy is becoming the slave of capitalism , an interesting , thought provoking & somewhat frightening picture of the monster called the E.U.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read, 11 Mar 2014
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Well worth a read. Wery interesting. Would recommend read this book as it fills in the gaps otherwise difficult to get to grips with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An extremely interesting read., 1 Mar 2014
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E. Phillips (Worcestershire) - See all my reviews
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Very easy reading and explained in layman`s terms the implications both economical and social for the populations of those stricken countries within the Eurozone. It is apparent from the book that the so called economic technocrats who failed to see the financial crash coming now have the power to try to rectify the situation with a "The Markets Rule" approach with no thought at all to the social consequences of their actions. The book also highlights how powerful The German economy now is within the Eurozone.
The book is a must read for everyone who might be called upon to vote in a possible Europe referendum in the UK in 2017. It will also be helpful to those who wish to understand the problems that might be encountered should Scotland vote to leave the union but be allowed to maintain the pound sterling. I recommend the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 24 Jan 2014
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Fascinating account of the personal politics of European leaders, and their impact on the Euro Crisis - which is not over yet - sobering to realise that EU leaders seem to have no idea how to manage the single currency.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gavin Hewitt: The Lost Continent, 23 Jan 2014
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Excellent explanation of the events leading up to the various crises of the Euro from 2008 to 2013. I saw Gavin Hewitt talk on the subject and decided to buy the book. He writes in an engaging and informative manner which is easy to read and understandable to a wide audience. I gained a lot from the book, especially about how different European cultures have long histories of conflict with other European countries, of different ways of dealing with their finances, and how they react to domination from Brussels and other European countries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read, 31 Dec 2013
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P. Meaden "Philip Meaden" (Edinburgh) - See all my reviews
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Gavin Hewitt gets five stars for this book!

Europe, politics, eurozone, the euro, Brussels ... let's be honest, it's hard to stay awake, isn't it?

Think again. What we have here is a gripping account of the euro crisis. It doesn't matter which side of the fence you're on: this is compelling stuff.

Gavin writes history as it should be written. Very few can do that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent summary, 27 Aug 2013
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This is a very good summary of the problems that have plagued key countries in Europe such as Greece, Italy, Spain Portugal, Ireland and France. If you keep up with current news there is much to recognise and it is extremely well written
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