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Bloomsbury presents The Madness of Crowds by Douglas Murray, read by Douglas Murray.

The Sunday Times best seller

A Times and Sunday Times Book of the Year

Now updated with a new afterword by the author, The Madness of Crowds examines the rise of woke culture and identity politics as the great derangement of our times

Are we living through the great derangement of our times?

In The Madness of Crowds Douglas Murray investigates the dangers of ‘woke’ culture and the rise of identity politics. In lively, razor-sharp prose he examines the most controversial issues of our moment: sexuality, gender, technology and race, with interludes on the Marxist foundations of ‘wokeness’, the impact of tech and how, in an increasingly online culture, we must relearn the ability to forgive.

One of the few writers who dares to counter the prevailing view and question the dramatic changes in our society - from gender reassignment for children to the impact of transgender rights on women - Murray’s penetrating book, now published with a new afterword taking account of the book's reception and responding to the worldwide Black Lives Matter protests, clears a path of sanity through the fog of our modern predicament.

©2019 Douglas Murray (P)2019 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Commentaires

"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) 

"[Murray’s] latest book is beyond brilliant and should be read, must be read, by everyone." (Richard Dawkins)

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A necessary book

A brilliant book to understand the madness and vanity of our time. Moreover, hearing the voice of the author himself is a treat.

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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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  • Murray
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02/12/2019

Ends on a note of hope.

Douglas Murray is indeed a prolific author and commentator on the tribulations of the relationship modern social justice activism has developed with the populous. In this book he offers an insight to the listener into the world of that is constantly outraged. From the pitfalls of elite institutions of humanities in the west in their exercise of affirmative action to the modern activists cannibalizing and outcasting an older generation of activists. Murray does offer a glimmer of hope at the end, one rooted the Christian traditions of the west. Although Murray does a great job of jotting down the madness of the twitter verse and offers a sobering insight into the complexities of human sexuality, when it comes to the brewing madness of right-wing populist movements around the world and especially in Europe and America, he does what most politicians do - condemns it has a blot on the providence of the developed world and moves on. Maybe it’s too difficult or degrading a topic to broach for Murray’s genuine efforts to help any young person grow out of or navigate what he calls the trip wires of the social justice mine field and the real-world consequences one might have to face for stepping on them. Although Murray’s performance is great and the book is wonderful to listen to, it does feel at times a tedious commentary on social media scandals, filibusters that Murray offers and the quite un-relatable schadenfreude on western academics and corporate diversity boards. Murray does end on a note of hope and positivity that really does make the book worth listening to and reading. Kudos to him for writing this book.

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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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  • Fissel
  • 19/03/2020

Masterpiece tale of the current state of the West-

Worth it just to hear Murray read lines from a Nicki Minaj song. Douglas goes into great detail to explain the current state of insanity we find ourselves in. A must read (listen?)

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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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  • 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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  • Rene Ehlert
  • 23/11/2020

More important than ever!

An honest look into the current true issues and perceived issues! Should serve as a warning and invitation to discuss, not further tribalism.

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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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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 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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  • Emilio M.
  • 29/10/2020

Best analysis of our current cultural moment.

And still the left can't explain why the popular classes voted in UK for Boris Johnson and in the US for Donald Trump. They are tired of this madness and being treated as "oppressors"

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  • OpenMind3000
  • 25/09/2020

book has one big problem

i enjoyed the book a lot, but for me it was a little too anecdotal and didn't answer the question how many people actually hold the absurd contradictory views that are presented here

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  • R. Pawlitschko
  • 24/08/2020

Enlightening

Douglas Murray has a soothing voice. His British accent and rich vocabulary suggests that this book was written by a smug. But the content of this sharp analysis about global identity politics madness is deeply emphatic and humane. Murray explains what's wrong with our society during times so prosperous as ours. This book can be used as source for endless discussions about the most important questions that our society faces currently. 5 stars!

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  • Katia Fabienne Tonelle Silva
  • 15/06/2020

A mandatory book for these days

I wish all young people could read this book and think about the questions Murray presents here. I also wish we had more Murray’s in our today’s society. Maybe I’m wishing too much :)

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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.