Europe’s Original Sin

After a bloody twentieth century, the continent may now be ready to come to terms with its dark history
Books discussed in this essay:

Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945
by Tony Judt
Penguin, 2005
933 pp., $25

The Cold War: A New History
by John Lewis Gaddis
Penguin Press, 2005
333 pp., $39

Europe Central
by William T. Vollmann
Penguin, 2005
811 pp., $25

Absurdistan
by Gary Shteyngart
Random House, 2006
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