Eurovision!: A History of Modern Europe Through the World's Greatest Song Contest

From the publisher:

Do you think the world of the Eurovision Song Contest, with its crazy props, even crazier dancers and crazier still song has nothing to do with serious European politics? Think again.

The contest, now watched by over 200 million viewers worldwide, has been a mirror for cultural, social and political developments in Europe ever since its inauguration in 1956, when an audience in dinner jackets and ball-gowns politely applauded each song. It has been a voice of rebellion across the Iron Curtain, an inspriation for new European nations in the 1990s and 2000s, the voice of liberation for both sexual and regional minorites. It even once triggered a national revolution.

Eurovision! charts both the history of Europe and the history of the Eurovision Song Contest over the last six decades, and shows how seamlessly they interlink - and what an amazing journey it has been.