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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 alteration as a society and an eventual end.

This is not just an analysis of demographic and political realities; it is also an eyewitness account of a continent in self-destruct mode. It includes accounts based on travels across the entire continent, from the places where migrants land to the places they end up, from the people who pretend they want them to the places which cannot accept them.

Murray takes a step back at each stage and looks at the bigger and deeper issues which lie behind a continent's possible demise, from an atmosphere of mass terror attacks to the steady erosion of our freedoms. The audiobook 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.

This sharp and incisive audiobook 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'.

©2017 Douglas Murray (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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"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)

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Grandiose

Perfect and constant performance for the narrator. Also that story needed to be told. Douglass Murray is very well spoken

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  • smarmer
  • 10/11/2017

Disturbing dystopian preview of tidal wave

Douglas Murray gives the background of the wave of immigration, legal and illegal, that has swept Europe. The introduction of new cultures to Europe, when it occurred at a time that European culture was secure, added new ideas, new costumes, and new cuisines to the continent. However, when those arriving have little interest in assimilating, have even less interest in the parliamentary and relatively free economies, and the history and culture of the host countries, we risk a hostile take-over rather than an enriching and diversification. This is the point of this book's grim conclusion.

The first few chapters outline the problem in philosophical form. Then we get the historical numbers, followed by illustration after excruciating illustration of actual real-time happenings.

Much like herd immunity, when most of a population is secure in its beliefs, newcomers add variety in a constructive way. But if the population no longer values its identity and the newcomers have a more robust but antithetical identity and ideology, the newer and more virulent strains will eventually prevail.

Hopefully Murray's jeremiad is exaggerated, but I fear otherwise.

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  • EHS
  • 29/05/2017

Appalling European government crime cover up.

Where does The Strange Death of Europe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is an excellent book. I can now understand what is going on in Europe and make sense of all the contradictory reports I hear on the news and watch on TV. I am appalled by the government cover up of crime against women in all European countries. I hope Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reads this book and understands what has happened in Europe with respect to immigration and Islam.

What does Robert Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Robert Davies is able to communicate with the tone of his voice again and again facts which seem incredulous to the listener. I found myself shaking my head time and time again.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I don't think Hollywood will be able to find a super hero in this book, and that’s all Hollywood can do anymore.

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  • Robert
  • 24/07/2017

A sobering tale

Extremely well written, Douglas Murray presents a cogent, clear and concise treatise on the sad state of affairs in Europe and the betrayal of the European people by their leaders. It is the most bizarre of times where so many are obsessed by race, racism and stamping out fascism. All the while allying themselves with some of the most backwards of ideologies and depraved people of those found in radical Islam. The book doesn't offer much hope, but perhaps offers the best medicine - truth. Something Europe's ruling class and media outlets seem to care little for.

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  • Lisa
  • 10/05/2017

I'm so glad I read this book!

I didn't understand what all the fuss and hostility was about in Europe these days and this book explained a lot. Douglas doesn't waste words he gets right to the point and then thoroughly explains the moving parts affecting each situation. There are plenty of points made in this insightful overview of pertinent recent history. It's funny that we are inundated with news and media but it seems to function as a big sponge soaking up all the happenings and squeezing them into a grey sludge. The Strange Death of Europe is like a lamp that allows you to see the whole shocking picture. With plenty of detail. Yikes. Good luck Europe. We will all miss you if you don't get your shit together.

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  • Marko Vukosavovic
  • 02/06/2017

Must read

for anyone who wants to know what's happening to Europe and Europeans in relation to immigration since 1945 but especially in last few years has to read this book
lack of direction and clearly defined policies, delusional and lying politicians, tolerance of immigrants' sadism and primitivism, liberal dictatorship and censorship, masochism and nihilism of Western European populace, complete rejection of religion and much more is tearing the Europe apart and Europeans have only themselves to blame
this was actually an incredible but disturbing read

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  • Prattlesnake
  • 20/10/2017

High on Rhetoric, Low on References

This is a good book. It’s well written to be easily understood and absorbed and the performance is on point.

It does rhetoric well, tapping into the narrative that liberals are sowing the demise of western culture and western civic governance by playing identity politics and refusing to examine the facts of Muslim/Islamic immigration honestly.

It does references poorly, in the audiobook anyway. While there may be references galore in the print version, this book “listens” much like a conversation style podcast would; say Joe Rogan Podcast, Waking Up with Sam Harris, The Rubin Report, etc. it’s as though Murray is extemporaneously giving an account of the European immigration crisis in a conversational format. One full of information from polls and events and news stories and death tolls and attacks et cetera et. al., but like a podcast conversation you have to take what’s being said for granted until you look it all up.

As long as you take that into account and know that you’re going to have to do a fair bit of research on the hard claims, then you’re good to go.

The books does make a lot of good points and is worth the money.

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  • Roger Morris
  • 22/08/2017

Brilliant! Must read!

This is possibly one of the most critically important books for European and Western culture at this point in history - and I don't think that is an overstatement.

Murray coherently and articulately revisits the immigration policies of post-WW2 Western Europe and describes how the extreme political Left - the Regressive Left - have deliberately eroded national identity and national pride as bourgeois echoes of western imperialism and colonialism, and have instead insisted the Western Europeans wallow in an eternal mud pool of self-doubt, self-loathing, self-mistrust and perpetual shame about its historical, geopolitical and cultural sins. Murray demonstrates how this attack from the anti-nationalist Left has led gradually to a 'cultural malaise' and 'existential fatigue' in Western European societies, where many in Europe can no longer identify or ascribe value to 'European culture and values', nor raise enough existential energy to defend or commend the benefits and positive aspects of that culture to the millions of migrants from outside Europe.

Enter the political and social Left - led by European leaders like Angela Merkel - as self-appointed judges, jury, and executioners of the perpetual social and cultural guilt of Europe and who seem compelled to sentence Europe to worldwide community service for its litany of past sins. These sins can only be atoned for - in the minds of the Left - by taking in any and every migrant from the Third World who claims political or economic asylum, even if these migrants are making claims that cannot be verified. This has led to the gates of Europe being thrown open to anyone from around the world to essentially walk in and walk around to settle wherever and whenever they please. This migration tsunami, of course, peaked with the 2015 migration crisis and continues to this day. Murray discusses the crazy and willful mismanagement of immigration by multiple and successive European governments, epitomized by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Of course, the greatest influx of migrants into Europe over the last decade have been from Islamic countries of the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern/Sub-Saharan Africa. These groups have brought with them outdated views on freedom of speech, freedom of religion, gender equality and the rights of sexual minorities, not to mention a general mistrust, or even open loathing of, the values and virtues of Western, secular liberal democracies - the very nations and cultures that welcome these migrants with open, accepting arms.

Thus in Europe, we have the frightening perfect storm of the mass, uncontrolled migration of peoples who have a very strong sense of their identity, the value of their religious convictions and the value of their native culture and beliefs, into a Europe that is stuck in a cultural malaise of self-doubt, self-loathing, self-mistrust, and shame, not at all convinced or confident that European culture and society has anything to offer of perpetual value these migrants. This - quite obviously - is a recipe for the collapse of weakened, apologetic and self-doubting European society under the sustained pressure from an over-confident and self-assured culture of newcomers.

Murray discusses many other related issues, including the anti-European bias in the political Left which leads to automatic charges of Western imperialism, colonialism, and racism if concerned citizens and politicians speak up and express concerns about unfettered immigration into Western Europe. Murray also tells about outrageous and ludicrous episodes of the failure of police and other authorities to properly deal with, or even act on, criminal activities by migrants such as rape and sexual assault, due to an irrational fear of being accused by the Left of racial profiling and racism.

And in a fascinating and insightful chapter, Murray theorizes about how the loss of identity, drive, and self-confidence may be intricately linked with Western Europe's secularization and the unmooring of itself from its foundational myths and stories (overridingly based in Christianity). Again, when faced with the immigration of those from cultures that still cling strongly and (over) confidently with their own foundational stories and myths, this puts Western Europe at a distinct disadvantage.

Overall, this book is at times disturbing, and at times provokes the reader to anger and outrage. But Murray's book is a clarion call to Europe and the West to wake up to the signs of the times, recognize the bad ideas, cultural masochism and historical revisionism perpetrated by the Regressive Left, who would have us believe that there is nothing good and commendable in Western civilisation and its history, and who would have all national borders, national identity and national pride condemned as evil imperialism and colonialism.

The time is now to take steps in Europe and the West to ensure that Murray's book does not prove to be prophetic.

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  • Timothy J. Doran
  • 24/05/2017

Essential history to learn

Murray paints a clear picture of the hard choices Europe has, helping people that are worse off and helping their own people. Fascinating and makes the news from Europe all make more sense. Tough choices ahead for Europe.

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  • Harald
  • 21/05/2017

Must read, for any Swede!

Best book about Europes situation to date.
Anyone who care about their childrens future should read this book.

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  • Corey
  • 25/05/2017

Frighteningly evidence based

Douglas paints a devastating picture of just how dire things have become on the European continent and illustrates both how it has become so bad and how endangered the future existence of European culture is. A critical work.

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  • doktorFaustus
  • 26/10/2017

Europa schafft sich ab

Eine junge Frau wird von 3 Migranten/ Flüchtlingen vergewaltigt. Zunächst gibt die Frau an Ihre Peiniger seinen Deutsche gewesen, um dann später wahrheitsgemäß auszusagen. Die junge Frau schreibt einen offenen Brief an Ihre Vergewaltiger in dem sie(!) sich entschuldigt: Sie sei Opfer einer sexistischen Gesellschaft, die drei Männer seien das Opfer einer rassistischen Gesellschaft und zudem wunderbare Menschen - meistens.
Hier sollte es sich doch sicher um eine geschmacklose Falschmeldung handeln. Weit gefehlt. So geschehen im Januar 2016 in Deutschland.
Sarah Wagenknecht fordert von Ihrer Partei eine Flüchtlingspolitik mit menschlichem Augenmaß, fordert von Ihrer Partei die Ängste in der Bevölkerung ernst zu nehmen und muss sich prompt der üblichen Rassismusvorwürfe erwehren.
Kritiker des Islam benötigen Polizeischutz, islamistische Hassprediger können ihre menschenverachtenden Agitationen lancieren.
Großbritannien schien mir stets eine uneinnehmbare Festung des gesunden Menschenverstandes zu sein. Doch auch hier wirkt das Gift der political correctness und richtet Verheerungen an. Ist denn niemand in den politischen Eliten bereit Europas kulturelle Identität zu verteidigen. Soll es das gewesen sein? Eine schwedische Spitzenpolitikerin wird nach der Bewahrungswürdigkeit ihrer Kultur gefragt, um dann zu antworten: Welche Kultur?
Warum gilt als chauvinistisch was anderen Nationen und Kulturen geradezu verbissen zugebilligt wird: Kulturelle Identität pflegen und verteidigen.
All die Terrorakte sollen gar nichts mit dem Islam zu tun haben?
Stimmt es denn nicht das auf Salman Rushdie noch immer ein Kopfgeld ausgesetzt ist?
The Strange Death of Europe ist ein Buch zur politischen Stunde. Eine entschieden humanitär gesinnte,brillante, geistreiche, kämpferische Analyse und eine in einem weiten geschichtlichen Horizont situierte Bestandsaufnahme.
Keine Spur von Rassismus. Keine Spur von Chauvinismus. Keine Spur von Ethnozentrismus oder Ismalophobie.Im Gegenteil: Wer die Dinge beim falschen Namen nennt trägt zum Unglück der Welt bei(Camus), insofern der Versuch das Maß an Unglück zu mindern.
Schwere Kost die mich an "Mal eben kurz die Welt retten" von Markus Vahlefeld denken lässt. Argumente statt Klischees. Argumente statt political correctness.
Souveräner Vortrag.

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  • Willich, Deutschland
  • 18/03/2018

Pflichtlektüre!

Irgendwie sind einem alle Fakten bekannt, aber der Autor erklärt die fast aussichtslose Situation ganz ohne Polemik und ohne Stimmungmache und sortiert die Fakten so, dass sich ein Bild ergibt. Er beleuchtet alle Argumente - pro und contra - und gibt einen geschichtlichen Einblick, der verdeutlicht, warum die Politik prakisch ausnahmlos so tut, als wäre alles unter Kontrolle.

Auch der Dprecher ist klasse und extrem gut verständlich.

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  • Henrik
  • 04/03/2018

Sadly convincing

Douglas Murray’s book is sadly convincing. It is almost as if he does not have any facts or arguments that I haven’t heard before some where, some time. Yet, when he brings it all together, most of my own thinking about immigration seems as having been heavily stricken by denial, cognitive dissonance reduction, intellectual laziness and biased. This is an important, clear minded and enlightened exposé of The Strange Death of Europe.

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  • M.R.R.
  • 02/02/2018

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Sehr wichtiges Buch! Sehr gute Analyse der gescheiterten Einwanderungspolitik in Westeuropa nach dem zweite Weltkrieg und insbesondere der letzten Jahren.

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  • Michael Knaller
  • 16/07/2017

We all can see it. This is the last wake-up call.

Very well written, self-reflecting chronic of our demise. Though being reminded of our imbecile politicians can cause anger and depression to reoccur.

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  • S. Ruecker
  • Frankfurt
  • 20/04/2018

Fact based, thoughtful and with much empathy

...towards refugees. The author visited refugee camps, talked to politicians and all manner of people all over Europe. The resulting book is both immediately relevant and takes a long term perspective about the future of Europe.

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  • David
  • 09/12/2017

Essential

This book most certainly belongs on a list of essential readings for every 21st century european.

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  • Pheks
  • 25/10/2017

Everyone should read this of they are interested i

everyone should read this of they are interested in understanding how Europe is developing. Especially if they haven't Travelled across Europe themselves a Lot.

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  • Paul
  • 28/08/2017

must Read! Sam Harris sent me...

powerful, depressing but absolutely worth listening to! it paints a dark future for Europe, but one that is quite possible.

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  • Leander Kotzur
  • 26/07/2017

The discussion of immigration is one-sided.

The author is scaremongering the close future of Europe due to immigration. For certain, this is a major challenge of our time which will need an efficient management. Nevertheless, the first chapter was illustrating the history of immigration in the second part of the 20th century as a chain of political failure and naivism which will certainly cause the destruction of European values. Allthough I have a high interest in the topic, this perspective was so negatively biased that I couldn't keep up to continue to the next chapters. A more holistic view on humanity would be desirable which discuss the motivation of immigration, the wealth gap and it's chances besides it's risks.

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