January 23, 2018

New ABA book examines the failure of European legal and political institutions that led to the Brexit vote

CHICAGO, Jan. 23, 2018 — A new ABA book, “An Island Apart: Britain, Brexit and Bonaparte’s European Dream,” takes a humorous journey across the length and breadth of Europe to better understand the failures of legal and political institutions in the years leading up to the Brexit vote, and places the historic decision into broader social contexts for American readers who were caught by surprise when Britons in 2016 voted to leave the continental super-state and chart their own course into an uncertain future.

The book is grounded in author Timothy Spangler’s more than a dozen years living and working in London. “An Island Apart” provides unique insights on international affairs that are based both on a thorough day-to-day knowledge of Europe’s many contradictions and a humorous perspective on the minutiae of modern life. Whether dissecting the international soccer scandal that almost brought FIFA to its knees or reflecting on the ongoing legacy of the First World War on this deeply scarred continent, Spangler’s analysis is personal, direct and easy for the reader to embrace.

The author focuses on the larger forces impacting Britain and the rest of Europe in the turbulent early 21st century – including uncontrolled migration, economic turmoil and threats of extremist terror – which ultimately led 17 million British voters to lose faith in Brussels and the grand European Union experiment.

Spangler is an attorney and a prolific commentator on topics related to the intersection of politics and economic. His prior book, “One Step Ahead – Private Equity and Hedge Funds After the Global Financial Crisis,” focused on an often-misunderstood corner of the financial markets.

Title:                             An Island Apart: Britain, Brexit, and Bonaparte’s European Dream
Publisher:                    ABA Book Publishing
Pages:                         272
Product Code:             1620751
ISBN:                            978-1-64105-012-8
Size:                              272 pages, 6 x 9, paperback
Price:                            $29.95
Orders:                        800-285-2221 or shopaba.org

What other have said about “An Island Apart”:

“Too often discussions of the Brexit referendum dismiss it as an odd political aberration. Fortunately, Spangler provides readers with a witty journey through the years leading up to the surprise Leave victory and the mounting disillusionment with Brussels and the EU. “An Island Apart” is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the causes and consequences of Brexit.” — Mark Field, member of Parliament for the Cities of London and Westminster and Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

“This is an important new perspective on Britain, Brexit, and the European Union from one of the most insightful and sage commentators of his generation. With wit and rigor, Timothy Spangler’s captivating and stirring book reveals how the lofty ideals of the EU at its formation have descended with a thump into a self-satisfied, complacent bureaucracy intent on self-preservation. It is a highly engaging book whose stinging message rings true.” — Tom Berger, former deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury

“Spangler writes with style and seriousness. Unlike so many other books on the same subject, this one is unburdened by agenda. Instead, we get an analytical but humorous take on the idiosyncrasies of European politics and society, and Britain's relationship with both. This is a very fine work.” — Tom Rogan, Washington Examiner columnist and “The McLaughlin Group” panelist.

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