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The European Dream

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2004

    a European comment

    As European, a very proud one, I can only agree to Mr. Rifkin's analytical view of my continent. I have been living in the US for 5 years now, and it still struck how little you folks enjoy life. We have one life only, and you spend the msot of it, running, working, exercesing, and with fake ideal of eternal beauty whereas we might not look superpowerful as you, but we do like to live I strongly recommend this book to people who want to open their eyes to a reality beyond their borders there is a whole world beyond your boundaries and Mr. Rifkin's book will show you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2006

    Disappointing

    This book really struck me as rather simplistic and more of the same old America-bashing that has become popular in recent years. Very short on facts and heavy on opinion. I would hope for and expect more for my money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2005

    European Dream: How Europe's Vision of the Future Is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream

    GOOD BOOK! Read why Americans live to work and Europeans work to live.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2005

    European Dream: How Europe's Vision of the Future Is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream

    So you think the USA is still a super power? Open your eyes America and read this outstanding book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2005

    American or European Dream,

    As Euopean Union member countries prepare to vote on a European constitution it was interesting to read this book. Is the American way of life and the American dream outdated? sterile? arthritic? Has it been or should it be replaced by the European Dream? Used to thinking of Europe as being at least two trains late, the anglo-saxon schools of thought see Europe as bogged down in their past and sometimes overlook that they have managed to have their cake and eat it too... while the US American Dream has lost its' momentum. Rifkin, an American social activist, oultines the 'dream', gives an historical overview of the EU's development and explores how all that has come about in a study that highlights the creation of a (subterranean at times) European vision that goes beyond borders and in his point of view is better suited to the current wave of globalization. And in some ways he is no doubt correct. He underlines the very fundamental differences which exist between the two cultures and their perspectives on issues such as the environment, social policy, ... yet Rifkin sometimes fails to point out that this European vision has been more politically and economically inspired than driven by the people for the people - no doubt due to his own personal convictions on such matters. I wish he had further developed the counter-argument to the idealistic perception of the EU's future that he rapidly outlined in teh books' final pages. Nonetheless he makes a persuasive argument, and one that should not be ignored simply because of who he is or represents. Truth be told, in my opinion, no doubt the correct balance is somewhere between the two.

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