Books: Cousins


by Luigi Barzini

Simon & Schuster; 267pages; $14.95

Ah, Europe: cradle of culture and liberty, land of a hundred dialects, a thousand wines, 200 million opinions. Luigi Barzini, veteran journalist and author of a 1964 bestseller about his own tribe, The Italians, looks upon the Continent's rich diversity of tradition and thought—and despairs.

Despite compelling economic and security arguments for unity, Europeans remain a bunch of squabbling cousins. "What," he wonders, "are the obscure forces preventing the coagulation of Western Europe into a solid whole, as easily as liquid milk curdles into...

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