The Strange Death of Europe

The Strange Death of Europe

Immigration, Identity, Islam

Book - 2017
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A controversial and devastatingly honest depiction of the demise of Europe.

The Strange Death of Europe is the internationally bestselling account of a continent and culture caught in the act of suicide. Douglas Murray takes a step back and explores the deeper issues behind the continent's possible demise, from an atmosphere of mass terror attacks and a global refugee crisis to the steady erosion of our freedoms. He addresses the disappointing failure of multiculturalism, Angela Merkel's U-turn on migration, and the Western fixation on guilt. Murray travels to Berlin, Paris, Scandinavia, 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.

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 alteration as a society and an eventual end. This sharp and incisive book ends up with two visions for a new 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. But perhaps Spengler was right: "civilizations like humans are born, briefly flourish, decay, and die."

Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2017.
ISBN: 9781472942241
Branch Call Number: 940.56 MUR
Characteristics: 343 pages ;,24 cm
Alternative Title: Europe


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Aug 24, 2018

A well-written, worthwhile read which leads the thoughtful reader to numerous questions which we are not answering. The questions need to be confronted. Even so, the prospect for the future is gloomy, if the past is valued. The past is gone and the future will be different.
Locally, those supportive of densification of the Lower Mainland, should read this and weep. Will they have the courage to change their stance?

Aug 01, 2018

This is a very sad book to read for anyone that loves Europe, its history, culture, people, architecture, etc. How could any people voluntarily allow itself to be displaced in their own homelands? The author tells the story of post-war immigration into Europe through the decades and the total unwillingness of Europe's leaders to address its long term consequences. All debate over the huge numbers of immigrants and their offspring from all over the world has been shut-down by the mainstream political parties by implying anyone who opposes this transformation is racist, xenophobic, nativist, etc.

Jul 13, 2018

"Just how much should a tolerant majority indulge an intolerant minority." Questions like that are peppered throughout the book, and serve to illuminate the crisis Europe faces now that everyone agrees that welcoming unlimited Muslim immigrants was a colossal mistake. Alas, the damage has been done. Now what? Sensational book about a delicate subject.

Jul 10, 2018

This is an important if troubling book. Douglas Murray is a British political commentator who was educated at Eton and Oxford. He analyzes the recent history of European immigration and argues that if immigration continues at its current levels this could lead to the death of European civilization. He argues that Europe, as we know it, will cease to exist within the lifespans of most people alive today. The expectation of most politicians is that the arrivals into Europe would become European. He argues that it is more likely that Europe will increasingly look like the Third World.

Jun 15, 2018

Douglas Murray is a real gem, a true talent of the social sciences, not just another rabid ideologue. He distills a serious and complex issue that is so bogged down with political football, distortions and a maze of obfuscations from the political class, and presents his case about cultural suicide with rare clarity and precision. This readable, engrossing book delves into some history that led up to this which broadens perspective, and it sheds light on the the fan dancing and lies of politicians, as well as politically motivated academics and journalists when it comes to this issue. I really appreciated the way he hones in on the psychology of mass delusion basically, and most of all the irrefutable fact that ignoring assimilation leads to cultural surrender. The consistency and time he took with going into the suicidal, pathological altruism that has become part of the DNA of the Western consensus and the collective insanity that creates is great. Most of Murray's harshest critics are nothing more than the kind of near sighted ideologues whose political posturing he goes to extensive lengths to expose in this book.

Jun 14, 2018

This is an excellent explanation and analysis of the current problems facing Europe. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what's going on in Europe, and it is timely for how pressing these issues are. The book is highly critical of the political classes for ignoring the wishes and opinions of the public in regards to immigration levels and the impact of Islam. Few politicians are able to speak honestly and openly about it, showing how out of touch they are with their voters. The recent migrant crisis features prominently, and Murray demonstrates how the politicians failed in their response to it. There are many in doubt that large numbers of people entering a continent who do not share the values of its people is a bad thing, or that there is a problem with Islam. To them, they absolutely must read this book.

May 15, 2018

“The Neo-Conservative Speaker, Douglas Murray, Is Simply Wrong It Comes to British Muslims and Extremism”
by Fiyaz Mughal, posted 27/01/2014 06:51 GMT | Updated 26/03/2014 05:59 GMT, at HuffPost
“The Strange Death of Europe by Douglas Murray review – gentrified xenophobia – The rightwing journalist and commentator cites Enoch Powell and wants to protect white Christian Europe from ‘outsiders’”
by Gaby Hinsliff, posted May 6, 2017, at The Guardian
“Conservatives pine for the days of unapologetic cultural supremacism.”
by Richard Cooke, The Monthly December 2017 – January 2018

Apr 25, 2018

A must read for all the do-gooders out there, throughout the world and here, too, in the U.S.A. A coworker from Ireland recently told me that the mass migration into England made life more interesting. He said this even after several British citizens had been run over and killed on the London Bridge. I was simply astounded that anyone would say such a thing. Now having read Murray's book, I can see there are a lot of people out there who do not have a clue as to what it is they are doing when it comes to multiculturalism, but they will defend it to the death. The question is...whose death?

Feb 08, 2018

Very thought provoking and a must-read for those concerned with global issues and the threat Europe and the West are under.

Dec 19, 2017

It was difficult to know how to rate or review this book. On the one hand, it is well-worth reading, and there are some definite pearls here. But you do need to dig for them. There was much I disagreed with; Murray's most effective chapters are when he allowed the facts to speak for themselves and did not tell the reader how to interpret them. Perhaps the most concise review is from Amir Taheri, located on the inside jacket: "Whether one agrees with him or not Murray has made a valuable contribution to the global battle of ideas."

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