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Post Angel Vinas's *Al Servicio de Europa*
Created by John Eipper on 03/04/13 5:42 AM

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Angel Vinas's *Al Servicio de Europa* (Paul Preston, -UK, 03/04/13 5:42 am)

David Gress wrote on 4 March, "I fear I do not have the patience to read Angel's EU-worshiping Al servicio de Europa." If he has not read it, how does he know that it is an "EU-worshiping" text? In fact, it is anything but.

The title refers to the fact that Ángel himself served the (now) EU in several senior capacities. The book is, in fact, a highly critical insider view of the inner workings and of the way in which national interests were often used for extremely selfish, and at times personal, ends.

JE comments: I must get a copy of Ángel's book.

Paul Preston reminds us of a fundamental rule of scholarship: don't opine on a book you haven't read. It's only a slightly lesser sin than plagiarism.

Should we open up the confessional at WAIS? Have you ever written or talked publicly on a book you haven't read? Alright, I'm guilty--when you're a literature professor, talking about intertextuality and influences and the like, you can't read 'em all.

Ángel Viñas (next in the queue) has also sent a reply to David Gress.

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