The trans-Atlantic gap between America and Europe widened in the countdown to and in the aftermath of the 2003 Iraq War. A vitriolic political standoff concerning Iraq brought severe stress to relations between the Bush Administration and many key Western European allies, especially France and Germany, creating a chasm of misperceptions deepened by incessant media hype. Sadly, stereotypes still abound. In an atmosphere where trans-Atlantic ties are viewed not through the prism of policy, but rather through that of emotion - where shrill polemical accounts of the USA vs. Euroland create a self-fulfilling prophecy, this book brings back a needed balance to the debate: are the USA and Europe really at odds? Trans-Atlantic Divide: The USA/Euroland Rift? presents a historical view woven with context, infused with informed commentary, and presented with clarity. The book outlines a contrarian and realistic view that offers a clear common ground for both sides, as illustrated in booming business, trade, and tourism relations between the USA and the EU. In spite of the unavoidable diplomatic residue following the Iraq war, American relations with Europe remain unquestionably vital for commercial, cultural, and geo-political reasons.