After a few weeks of hesitations, I bought Norman Davies book "Europe: a History"(http://brothersjudd.com/index.cfm/fu.../book_id/1490/). That was two years ago, and it sits on my shelf looking at me since, but I am still reluctant to start it because of its sheer size (1392 pages). Did anyone read it? Overall critics are good to very good, and Davies has since proved to be a prolific historian, both in quality and quantity.