Since the second edition of this popular Very Short Introduction published in 2007, the world has faced huge economic and political change. Showing how and why the EU has developed from 1950 to the present day, John Pinder and Simon Usherwood cover a range of topics, including the Union's early history, the workings of its institutions and what they do, the interplay between 'eurosceptics' and federalists, and the role of the Union beyond Europe in international affairs and as a peace-keeper. In this fully updated third edition, Pinder and Usherwood incorporate new material on the Lisbon treaty, the EU fiscal crisis, the state of the single Euro currency in its wake, and conclude by considering the future of the Union and the choices and challenges that may lie ahead.
©2013 John Pinder and Simon Usherwood (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
This does what it says on the tin - it gives a decent overview of the development and work of the EU, from a reasonably balanced standpoint. I found it too short - I regularly found myself asking "give me an example" or "explain that in a bit more depth" - but as a starting point it's fine, and the reading - by an American - is fine but perfunctory.
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