I always look forward to reading anything by Tony Judt. He also provokes thought even if I don't agree with everything (or sometimes, anything) he says. However he is never boring. He mixes scholarship with a real and accessible thesis. The problem with this book is that it is dated. By its very nature it has been overtaken by events and particularly the Euro and the financial meltdown. It is a useful history of the EU up to 2000 but there prognosis is defeated by the passage of time.