- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum; 1 edition (1 June 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781472942241
- ISBN-13: 978-1472942241
- ASIN: 1472942248
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.1 x 24.4 cm
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This is a brilliant, important and profoundly depressing book. That it is written with Douglas Murray's usual literary elegance and waspish humour does not make it any less depressing. That Murray will be vilified for it by the liberals who have created the appalling mess he describes does not make it any less brilliant and important . Read it. (Rod Liddle, Sunday Times)
His overall thesis, that a guilt-driven and exhausted Europe is playing fast and loose with its precious modern values by embracing migration on such a scale, is hard to refute. (Juliet Samuel, Telegraph)
Every so often, something is published which slices through the fog of confusion, obfuscation and the sheer dishonesty of public debate to illuminate one key fact about the world. Such a work is Douglas Murray's tremendous and shattering book, The Strange Death of Europe. (Melanie Phillips, The Times)
Breathtakingly gripping (Michael Gove, Standpoint)
A cogent summary of how, over three decades or more, elites across western Europe turned a blind eye to the failures of integration and the rise of Islamism . Persuasive (The Times)
This is a vitally important book, the contents of which should be known to everyone who can influence the course of events, at this critical time in the history of Europe. (Sir Roger Scruton)
Douglas Murray glitters in the gloom. His pessimism about multiculturalism is so well constructed and written it is almost uplifting. Liberals will want to rebut him. I should warn them that they will need to argue harder than they have ever argued before. (Nick Cohen)
Douglas Murray's introduction to this already destructive subject of Islamist hegemony is a distinguished attempt to clarify the origins of a storm. I found myself continually wishing that he wasn't making himself quite so clear. (Clive James)
Douglas Murray writes so well that when he is wrong he is dangerous (Matthew Parris, Spectator)
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The Strange Death of Europe
Immigration, Identity, Islam
The Strange Death of Europe is a highly personal account of a continent and culture caught in the act of suicide. Declining birth-rates, mass immigration and cultivated self-distrust and self-hatred have come together to make Europeans unable to argue for themselves and incapable of resisting their own comprehensive change as a society. This book is not only an analysis of demographic and political realities, but also an eyewitness account of a continent in self-destruct mode. It includes reporting from across the entire continent, from the places where migrants land to the places they end up, from the people who appear to welcome them in to the places which cannot accept them.
Told from this first-hand perspective, and backed with impressive research and evidence, the book addresses the disappointing failure of multiculturalism, Angela Merkel's U-turn on migration, the lack of repatriation and the Western fixation on guilt. Murray travels to Berlin, Paris, Scandinavia, Lampedusa and Greece to uncover the malaise at the very heart of the European culture, and to hear the stories of those who have arrived in Europe from far away. In each chapter he also takes a step back to look at the bigger issues which lie behind a continent's death-wish, answering the question of why anyone, let alone an entire civilisation, would do this to themselves? He ends with two visions of Europe – one hopeful, one pessimistic – which paint a picture of Europe in crisis and offer a choice as to what, if anything, we can do next.
Douglas Murray is a regular columnist for both the Spectator and Standpoint and writes frequently for a variety of other publications, including the Sunday Times and Wall Street Journal. A prolific debater, Douglas has spoken on a variety of prominent platforms, including at the British and European Parliaments and the White House.
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They are more terrified of being called racist, fascist, islamophobes and xenophobes than they are of suffering Islamic terrorism and the social disorder brought by marauding, raping immigrant gangs (Cologne, 2015). Europeans will soon be in the minority and are almost certainly facing a life of persecution and dhimmitude like minorities in Indonesia are now experiencing.
The lies, cover-ups, treason and subterfuge of EU leaders have doomed Europe to extinction. I disagree that the culture of human rights owes anything to Jesus, rather they owe their genesis to the Enlightenment. Jesus is rather the New Testament face of the barbaric tribal deity Yahweh, a god much like Allah. And the Christ of Paul is a patriarchal, misogynistic, homophobe. The Christian heritage of Augustine’s masochistic concept of original sin has seeped into the consciousness of Europe priming the populace to assume false guilt over their ancestor’s waring and colonial pasts, leaving them vulnerable to manipulation by self-righteous Leftists. EU leaders have sold freedom, equality and human rights down the river to secure a multicultural dream that in reality is a nightmare of ethnic European servitude. An EU that prides itself on removing capital punishment is damning its people to the introduction of Sharia and hudud laws. The EU leaders have sided with the immigrants aiding and abetting the flood of Islamists into Europe ignoring the safety, security and best interests of native Europeans. One has to marvel at the level of Europe's tolerance toward the religion of ‘peace’. No one dares to speak about the connection between the Islamic violence in the world and the inherently violent ideology of the Koran and the Hadiths. No matter how many innocent deaths there are as a result of Islamic terror attacks, the EU's leaders impotently insist in the face of such terror and this is the new fact of life that Europeans have to accept. As with the exposés of Bruce Bawer, Mark Steyn and Bat Ye’or, the warnings are going unheeded.
However, I would argue that this work transcends political affiliations. Murray presents a vision of Europe that if current trends continue will be a reality within many of our lifetimes and a certainty for our children & Grandchildren. Where ever you reside on the political spectrum if Murray's predictions are even 50% correct then Europeans have every right to be concerned, not only for their continent but for the very continuation of their society.
Murray clearly stakes out the contradictions and double standards of the borderless world fan groups and their fellow travellers in the media and politics. And he pokes holes in the facile arguments put forward by those who refuse to see any negatives in endless migration to Europe from the third world. He is also fearless in articulating the fears that many are reluctant to express over the current and future role that Islam will play in Western Europe.
The book title should perhaps have referenced western Europe specifically, as the author does point out the different reactions of eastern European countries to the "refugee crisis" (the countries of eastern Europe, when implored to "do their bit" to take in refugees, refused). Hence, he's really referring to the death of western Europe.
As he says: fifty years from now, China will still look like China and India will still look like India...what will Germany look like?
The book is gloomy; there's no "champagne room".
The future facing many developed countries around the world - it is being played out in the media everyday.
This is a compelling and thought-provoking read and perhaps compulsory for those in charge of many countries in the world.