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Steven Hill is a program director for the New America Foundation, a Washington D.C. and California-based policy institute, who has authored several previous books on U.S. politics and political reform. His published work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, The Guardian (UK), and many others. Mr. Hill’s new book, which Foreign Affairs magazine has called “timely and provocative,” has been ten years in the making. He began traveling to Europe in the late 1990s to conduct interviews and research Europe’s political institutions, and soon the scope of his interest expanded. Europe’s Promise is the story about how post-World War II Europe has transformed itself from the military war machines that its nations had been for centuries into a model of how a modern society can develop itself, take care of its people, foster “peace and prosperity partnerships” with its neighbors, and do all this in an environmentally sustainable way. Europe’s Promise is a comprehensive look at modern day Europe and the “European Way” of development, which Mr. Hill views for the most part as a hopeful and inspiring example for a world facing the twin perils of economic insecurity and global warming.