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The Euro: The Politics of the New Global Currency [Hardcover]

David Marsh

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Book Description

May 5 2009
This book is the first comprehensive political and economic account of the birth and development of the Euro. Today the Euro is the supranational currency for sixteen European countries and the world’s second-largest reserve currency. David Marsh tells the story of the rivalries, intrigues, and deal making that brought about a currency for Europe, and he analyzes the achievements and shortcomings of its first decade of existence.

While the Euro represents a remarkable triumph of political will, great pressures are building on the single currency. Drawing on more than 100 interviews with leading figures associated with the Euro, and scores of secret documents from international archives, Marsh underscores the Euro’s importance for the global economy, in particular for U.S. and British economic and political agendas.

Hidden facts and fresh insights from The Euro:
  • How the legacy of France and Germany’s tortuous relations affects the Euro
  • Why the United Kingdom is unlikely to accept the Euro before 2025
  • The impact on the Euro of the U.S. credit crisis
  • How the Euro has rebounded against the aspirations of its founders
  • How Italy and Spain have massively lost competitiveness
  • Why radical changes must be adopted to prevent a European upheaval

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (May 5 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300127308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300127300
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 762 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #891,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An amazingly detailed and thoroughly readable account of the long march to the Euro. This is the stuff of a political thriller: the deal-making behind a currency constructed not just as a financial instrument but also as a way of overcoming centuries of conflict. Anyone interested in European politics and economics, as well as Europe's place in the wider world, would enjoy it."—George Soros
(George Soros 2008-10-01)

Chosen as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2009 by Choice Magazine
(Choice 2010-01-01)

About the Author

David Marsh is chairman of SCCO International and co-chairman of Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum. He is a frequent contributor to German and British publications, and he lectures widely on political, economic, and business issues. He lives in London.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars finally a book on the euro Oct. 20 2009
By A. Menon - Published on Amazon.com
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Given the global turbulence of the last year, especially in the f/x markets its great to read about the Euro after seeing 1000 books on the dollar and someone's not so new perspective on it. This book goes through the history and evolution of how the currency was formed, its many iterations over time, and the different personalities that shaped the ECB politics, priorities and eventual mechanics.

The Euro and the ECB have obviously been evolving over their history, in particular over the last year as turbulence overwhelmed economics and in particular central banks macroeconomic models about factors of growth and trade and counterparty fear manifestations. This book does well to describe the conservativeness and aggressiveness of the members separately and their power and bargaining power in setting up a cross country currency regime. It gives insight into the way that the Euro was less quick to move than other central banks. This is probably unsurprising to most as the ECB constraints were pretty well known, focusing on inflation alone, but the origin of the tensions and fears that made the ECB mandate more narrow are all described in this book.

I am sure that more books on the Euro will follow, but this was very informative and gave a good sense of the history and politics of the bank and the countries within. It was interesting for both refreshing some of the personalities of former politicians and their parts played in sometimes constructing, sometimes delaying the eventual currency unification.
4.0 out of 5 stars an intense historical review of the EURO May 18 2013
By Marlon Varsace - Published on Amazon.com
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while the truth is that i read this book over a course of a year, the fact is that this is an incredible historic view of the personalities and occasions that created the EURO. It is primarily a history book with finance as a secondary goal.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs an updated edition that's for sure !! May 5 2013
By Edwin Rector - Published on Amazon.com
OK, I have not read the book.

But looking at the publication date (2009) something tells me the 2nd edition will be much longer than the 1st. I suggest a revised title: "The Euro: The World's Worst Man-Made Disaster".
1 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE EURO from David Marsh April 17 2009
By Oskar Schroepfer - Published on Amazon.com
David Marsh knows Europe wrote a excellent book about the New United Europe & common currency.

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