The Brookings Institution's new book, The New Germany and the New Europe, is an attempt along these lines. Actually a collection of twelve scholarly papers, it is an in-depth examination of the roiled political and economic currents that washed away the Berlin Wall and the rest of the Iron Curtain and continue to affect the flow of so much of current events. There are two more substantive shortcomings that pervade the book. The first of these; to be fair, the book shares with many of the policy debates that presently occur on the planet: a persistent failure to consider the limits on the willingness of the populations of the NATO countries to bear the costs of what is recommended, or already underway, and the consequences of reaching those limits. The second major flaw in the book is related to the first. Little consideration is given to events at the level at which most people function, namely, the household, the workplace, and the local community. Keeping these deficiencies in mind, the book does contain a great deal of information and a number of valuable insights.
Gregory F. Hauser,
The New Germany and the New Europe. Edited by Paul B. Stares,
16 Fordham Int'l L.J. 562
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