ALLIANCE BORN OF DANGER: America, the Common Market & the Atlantic Partnership by Charles A. Cerami

ALLIANCE BORN OF DANGER: America, the Common Market & the Atlantic Partnership

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Books on the Common Market (E.C.M.) are multiplying (see report on Middle- in this issue p. 155), and while some of them are technically and area-wise more specific, this is, to our knowledge, the most satisfying general, overall coverage- by the Foreign Affairs Editor of the Kiplinger publications. He has a gift of marshalling his facts, presenting them succinctly, and sustaining reader interest. He traces historically the growth from Benelux to the present stature of the E.C.M., the dominant factor in the economic rebirth of Europe; he predicts in the '60's, twelve or more full members, a partnership understanding between France and Germany (witness this agreement of the new year), and perhaps a widening to embrace economically, associate members in all parts of the world, while the innercore moves towards political union. This is all ade possible by the bond of recognition of common danger, but his analysis of that danger is a revealing- and heartening one- for the Western world. The main body of the work is an exceedingly interesting study of the personalities, the function of the small nations, the leveling of barriers, the trends towards conformity of rules, regulations, labor, the steps gingerly taken towards political agreement, the weaknesses and the strengths, the reasons for hesitation towards accepting British membership and so on. He calls the turns, before the daily news announces them. He amplifies the effects on American industry. The weak point of the book is the slighting of the problems of Latin America. Otherwise he seems- for this reader- to answer all the layman's questions. An important book if one is to be well-informed on one of today's vital issues.

Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World