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The Madness of Crowds

Gender, Race and Identity
Lu par : Douglas Murray
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In his devastating new book The Madness of Crowds, Douglas Murray examines the 21st century’s most divisive issues: sexuality, gender, technology and race. He reveals the astonishing new culture wars playing out in our workplaces, universities, schools and homes in the names of social justice, identity politics and ‘intersectionality’.  

We are living through a postmodern era in which the grand narratives of religion and political ideology have collapsed. In their place have emerged a crusading desire to right perceived wrongs and a weaponisation of identity, both accelerated by the new forms of social and news media.

Narrow sets of interests now dominate the agenda as society becomes more and more tribal - and, as Murray shows, the casualties are mounting.   

Readers of all political persuasions cannot afford to ignore Murray’s masterfully argued and fiercely provocative book, in which he seeks to inject some sense into the discussion around this generation’s most complicated issues. 

He ends with an impassioned call for free speech, shared common values and sanity in an age of mass hysteria.

©2019 Douglas Murray (P)2019 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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"Simply brilliant. Reading it to the end, I felt as though I’d just drawn my first full breath in years. At a moment of collective madness, there is nothing more refreshing - or, indeed, provocative - than sanity. (Sam Harris, author of five New York Times best-sellers and host of the Making Sense podcast)

"Whether one agrees with him or not, Douglas Murray is one of the most important public intellectuals today." (Bernard-Henri Lévy) 

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  • RBS
  • 03/12/2019

This book destroys WOKE MADNESS. Read it today.

I laughed more listening to this book than I have during many comedy shows. Frankly, Murray shows the Intersectional, Woke, blah-blah, academic-term-here movement to BE the comedy show. Social Justice Warriors should be questioned - they won't have facts - and then laughed at. The only way to reverse the madness.

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  • Wayne
  • 10/02/2020

Rebutting on SJW craziness!

Douglas Murray does a great job of taking on and destroying the madness of social justice warriors in THE MADNESS OF CROWDS. The final summarizing chapters are especially strong. Murray does a nice job of narrating his audio book.

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  • Nexus X Humectress
  • 07/12/2019

Eloquent Explication

If you get one book this year, this is the one. Tells how social justice is antisocial and fosters injustice.

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  • 25/02/2020

Fun but weak

Having interesting insights on the one side, on the other side it verges on conspiracy thinking when speaking of Marxism or the "left". The audiobook was fun to listen to, however, it lacks depth, rigor and accuracy.

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  • Justin J. Norman
  • 26/09/2019

An Urgent Read for Our Over-woke Times

An excellent and thoughtful critique of the pitfalls of social justice theory, identity politics, critical race theory, and intersectionality. Over the course of a decade, I've spent a lot of time in groups that would easily be described as "social justice groups", and I've experienced firsthand the sliding of these groups into unreasonableness and counterproductive behavior over the last few years. Douglas brings much-needed clarity to some of the most controversial social and political ideas of our time. I strongly recommend my fellow lefties give this a read and give Murray's analysis careful consideration. His performance on the audiobook is wonderful and entertaining.

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  • Christian C.
  • 13/04/2020

Some light of hope in a fog of madness

The book is excellent. The content is logical, well written and shocking at times. The reader does an excellent job and fit the tone of the book. I learned about many frightening events that resemble the beginning of terrible moments of history. I used to be on the left side of politics, now I am gradually moving towards the center. I am glade I listened to this book and I am pretty sure I will listen to it again many more times.

It is refreshing and comforting to see someone courageous, intelligent and articulated enough to tackle the viper's nest that is identity politics. Murray knows what he is talking about and proves with many examples and facts the absurdity of almost any politics based on gender, race or sexual orientation. Some people will say that Murray is just showing one side of the medal, but we know about the other side, it's every where and every day in all the media. Why wast time explaining what is so omnipresent in our everyday life. Also, nobody will ever grudge a lawyer for not defending the other side.

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  • C. Streetzel
  • 12/04/2020

Highly recommend

This book is a fantastic summary of the ideas that are causing Western Culture to spiral out of control. I have started buying hard copies of this book for close friends and family. I extended my thanks to the author.

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  • Paul D. Everts
  • 10/04/2020

Wish We Would Use This With High School Students

Wow!! Mr. Murray does a great job sharing his views on the "evil" of crowds. Sure. There are plenty of examples of good with crowds. Yet, we need to teach our children to recognize when a crowd goes too far. Unless, of course, the student loses his / her ability to be the individual. We want students to recognize the evil of crowds before they choose to be in a crowd. I am grateful for Mr. Murray's courage. Thank you!

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  • Collin Rudnik
  • 03/04/2020

Timely, insightful assessment of intersectionality

The book takes a step back to question the assumptions and underpinnings of intersectional thought, and finds it bereft of answers to life's most important questions.

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  • jumana
  • 28/03/2020

Historian of our Time

Mr. Murray's detailed analysis and real life examples and statistics makes this book a great history record. unfortunately, it's a shitty time we live in with no great achievements, rather only deterioration of morality, lack of ethics and respect, breaking of the family structure, failing educational institutions and spiritual institutions forgot about God. nonetheless, it's a great book. I can't wait for next book. Highly recommended

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  • Caruso
  • 18/10/2019

Sprachlich und inhaltlich brillant!

ein Genuss sowohl sprachlich, wie auch inhaltlich. Ein wichtiges Buch in der Zeit. Murray hat auch eine sehr angenehme Stimme.

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  • TH
  • 26/09/2019

A Voice of Reason

An important book by the brilliant Douglas Murray. A particularly difficult subject well thought and well written. Bautifully read by the author.

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  • Nikodem Skrobisz
  • 21/10/2019

Brilliante Analyse

Murray analysiert glasklar und differenziert die ideologischen Strukturen ihre inhärenten Widersprüche, die einen Teil des Wahnsinns unserer Tage ausmachen.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 05/10/2019

Ramblings of anti-SJW youtubers turned into a book

Douglas Murray raises a few good points that I hadn't thought through previously, but mostly the book consists of the same drivel you can listen to for hundreds of hours by anti-SJW YouTubers who complain about topics such as American college students complaining about Halloween costumes.

Murray fundamentally fails to show how big of a problem the things he talks about actually are. Even in old Monty Python sketches they used to make fun of the radical social science topics that are taught at universities, but is it any worse nowadays? Most probably it isn't, with the difference that in today's world we have much better access to all the nonsense happening on campuses around the world, thanks to social media. At multiple times he tediously reads transcripts of shouting matches of some YouTube videos - something that wasn't possible to do in the age of Monty Python.

At some times Murray struggles with very basic rules that I'd never expect someone to be confused by past the age of 6 or 7. A very boring part of the book is describing a music video of Nicki Minaj with the simple moral of "look, don't touch", which Murray either doesn't understand or tries to make a joke about and falling flat. At other times Murray portrays weird fringe theories about "autogynephilia" as though it should be taken seriously by us readers.

Even if you agree with the conclusions of the book (which I do) it is really not worth the read. In that case I'd suggest to check out some of the books which are cited in "madness of the crowds", such as the books by Steven Pinker instead. At least you'd learn something about the scope of the problems in our society that way.

It's a good book if you want to get angry at the world. If at heart you are a grumpy person who enjoys shouting out the window about kids on the lawn, then this book is just the thing for you.

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  • Rodrigo Cardin
  • 21/05/2020

much, much deeper than I've expected

this book does an amazing job of very deep and careful research and fair presenting of very important facts you might already know superficially, but sheds a completely original light on their implications on our society with a very witty and provocative reasoning.

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  • Jason Renoux
  • 26/03/2020

Accurate look into our modern society

Loved it. As expected. Very intelligible and very well spoken, for those non English native.