In writing about European history, economics, and politics, Larry Hilton has created a page turner. How did he do it?Be prepared to enjoy the ride as you move through Vienna from its inception to 1938, observing Western Europe from within this ancient city. Where did historic rivalries among European nations begin? How did the Enlightenment affect Europe and the United States? What persistent darkness allowed Hitler to lead the world into a second devastating world war? And what will it take for today's European Union to survive? Larry Hilton answers these questions with fascinating details about what it was really like to live in Vienna from the first century through the days of hyper-inflation after World War I. This book would make a great television series with an episode based on each chapter.