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 thoughtand 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...