“Europe: A History” by Norman Davies – First edition, 1996.
I like this book as it constitutes one of the finest attempts to present the history of all European countries from an unbiased European perspective. It powerfully demonstrates how much efforts and sacrifices the patient construction of our common house, the European Union, has already required from us. I find it very much different from all the other history books, which are often filled with narrow and subjective nationalist perspectives. Without a doubt, it is a great publication that I would warmly recommend for everyone to read.
I must say that reading has always been a great joy and a fulfilling passion to me as it remains the best way to know, learn and touch the art. A favourite book always pushes us to come back to it again, to turn another page and discover new aspects in it. It does so without the need for any intermediary, be it electricity, Internet or a good wireless reception – you simply take the book and read it. It is a true pleasure that I wish I will never lose.
Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health & Food Safety