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The Madness of Crowds

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Narrated by: Douglas Murray
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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

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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) 

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

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Congratulations Douglas, a masterpiece.

This is required reading/listening for anyone interested in society, politics, or the media.

Douglas nails the hypocrisy of the SJW's in today's confused world, and asks very challenging and thought provoking questions of the listener. His section on the lack of forgiveness for example has been something I have been thinking on for days - he is absolutely right and has made me consider problems I had not thought about before. At turns through this, I have been angered by some of the historical abuses that Douglas documents, through to heartened that Douglas has raised these important topics in such a thorough, diligent and rational way, without excessive emotion nor rancour.

I also applaud Douglas's vocal performance. His nuanced delivery of irony is a remarkable picture of understatement, and all the more delicious for it. Furthermore, he has perfected the cadence of his speech: slow enough to allow the listener to properly consider and digest the sentence, without being so slow as to be boring.

I would urge anyone sitting on the fence about buying this to dive in and be prepared to be both angered and enlightened.

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Voice mpressions by Douglas Murray of both Nicki Minaj and Renée Zellwegger are top drawer!

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A breath of fresh air

I hope Douglas’ compassionate honestly allows people to start having the conversations they are having in private, in public.

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Essential listening

Thanks Douglas, it was sobering to find out just how mad the world is becoming and why.

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Everyone should read

I have never said this about a book: should be required reading. The best book on this topic

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An angel rushes in where fools fear to tread

Douglas Murray picks up dozens of half-formulated thoughts and ill-defined objections strewn around my brain, puts them into neat piles and labels them for me. Two examples: in the 1970s my grandmother told me she was a feminist and explained what this meant. I immediately agreed that I was a feminist too. Later I sensed that I was no longer a feminist and felt vague unease wrt my late grandma. But Douglas explains that I simply alighted the feminist train once it reached a place that gave me the opportunities, the freedom and respect that I needed to live a happy and fulfilled life. The feminist train then (to use DM’s analogy) picked up speed and steamed on to other destinations and obsessions that had nothing to do with the aspirations of my Grandma.
Forgiveness. I’ve always somewhat taken the view that ‘forgiveness is for wimps’. Not being a religious person I don’t think anyone has ever presented me the logical case for forgiveness. DM put this right. We are forced to live in action. We do not always understand all the consequences of our actions, we may also act rashly or emotionally, but we can never undo an action. This implies that unless we want to be paralysed into inaction we must have the possibility of forgiveness to release us from regretted actions. As in business dealings we need contract law to bind us, but we also need bankruptcy laws to release us and forgive debts if things do go badly wrong. Hmm, I may have been rather harsh to a few people.

Narration. Douglas has a terribly posh voice, but I love it. Every perfectly articulated syllable.

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great book

great to hear such eloquent common sense. Hi e reminds us that it isn't us who are out of step with the world.

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Fabulous listen!

Always love Douglas Murray’s writing - this book is as witty and fascinating as ever. Murray glides over the landmine topics of our time with the ease and grace of a swan. The clarity with which Murray thinks and speaks is exceptional and this book is an absolute *must-read* for all free thinking people.

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Fantastic

A voice of reason in an increasingly deranged world. Clear, concise and I would say enjoyable if the subject matter weren't so bleak

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Please read this if you trust in social justice

I was there, watching, when Douglas's examples happened, the creeping dread of a society out of control was clear then and Douglas brings all of those moments together. Douglas writes with humour and compassion, the trans chapter was quite emotional and filled with insight. Douglas also will read Nikki Minaj lyrics for you, some may find that worth the price of admission alone. I just hope people who are caught in the social justice web read this, the culture today makes me worry that only those who agree with Douglas will pick this up. Please take a chance on hearing the other side, Douglas has a wonderful voice & wit, so even if your beliefs are unchanged you will likely enjoy listening to him (and it would help you understand the concerns people have had with social justice).

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  • Wayne
  • 10-02-20

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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  • RBS
  • 03-12-19

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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  • 25-02-20

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
  • 07-12-19

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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  • Christian C.
  • 13-04-20

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
  • 12-04-20

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-12-19

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
  • 10-04-20

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
  • 03-04-20

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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  • Fissel
  • 19-03-20

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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