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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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Open Mind

I went in to this book with an open mind, armed with the notion that will be quite controversial.

What I was surprised with, is that Douglas Murray had done his research and not just google his facts but actually been out in the field and interviewed people across Europe. This makes many of his argument backed up by personal experiences and evidence.

I do feel however though, that I now need to read an opposing book so that I can weigh up his arguments fully.

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A deeply depressing but necessary read

This book highlights the appalling mess European politicians have made and are making of our continent, the inherent contradictions in their policies and the demographic destiny they have bequeathed us. It should be required reading for all Europeans.

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terrifying and essential reading for conservatives

I couldn't put this book down. when I began reading it it was as though Mr Murray had put into words something one knows to be true but the biased press and political class had buried for generations.
if your wondering where the rise in European nationalist parties has come from look no further.

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thought provoking

As a refugee living in the UK, and as a lover of western virtues. I strongly agree with points made in this book

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compelling

Narration is excellent and narrative is compelling. the book is at it's best when highlighting the ineptitude and hypocrisy that lead to mass migration in europe as well as the lies and deception utilised when assimilation didnt go as hoped. I have a few issues with small parts of the book: not denouncing enoch Powell's "rivers of blood" speech, an unbelievably nonsense claim that Catholicism in Ireland is in decline largely due to actions of one priest (paraphrase), as well as opining about the loss of religion in small sections.

overall, this book was well worth the read and allows for a nuanced dissection of the mainstream narrative.

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Wrong questions asked at the right time.

I read this nook with an open mind but by the end I just had closed eyes. Not because it was boring but because I was squeezing my eyes shut and gritting my teeth. A book that majors on all the negatives but bypasses the positives. The author asked questions of an awful lot of people but seemed selective on whose answers he choose to base his arguments on. One example of his inability to exMine in detail his own arguments: he stated that since the influx of muslims etc; most of which were/are not from Europe, Christianity has declined steeply in the UK. I would not argue that Christianity has declined but is this step mainly due to the influx of muslims or have Christians simply stopped going to church. I not in France which is secular that the church RC is strong and yet France too has experienced a large influx of immigrants from it’s African colonialism. Another point here is: has the influx of Europeans working in the financial sector in London been taken into account when the author complains of the lack of English spoken in the UK’s capital city?

The narrator did a good job of reading this rubbish.

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A great read

Douglas is as informative as always. Great read could not put it down, finished in 2 days.

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Europe's migration problem superbly articulated

This book is the nemesis to any politically correct lovey or liberal. Succint, thought provoking and backed up with facts and surveys, this book taps into what you feel but find hard to put into words. This author should write the UK immigration policy.

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A timely piece of writing

I am a migrant child, born in Germany to an English mother and a Moroccan father... I used to chant the refugees are welcome slogans and align myself very much on the left side of politics but found it increasingly hard to do considering that the left seems to live Islam so much even though it is an ideology that opposes pretty much everything the left used to stand for! I was suddenly alone in a political void, not able to support and align myself with anyone.
This book has enabled me to understand this conflict I am in better and I am grateful for it. Even though I very much "look Muslim", I am strictly against it and very much love being a European... I would recommend this book even if some parts were a bit of a struggle, not because I found the content hard to swallow from a belief standpoint, but simply because lists of facts can sometimes be a little long... ;)

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very good, but do be careful

this book is a well crafted anti islamic propaganda piece, which i thoroughly enjoyed as it was thought provoking and well crafted. the author skilfully dismantle the mass media politically correct propaganda, very refreshing, infuriating, and blinding...

I feel it is mistaking Islam for The cause of the death of Europe, while it is only a symptom of a greater disease. No great nation is brought down from outside unless it is rotten from within. if islam can make the headway it is making in Europe, it is because it is a cohesive force that constrain people within a commun frame, direct energies in one directions, while Europe is a "free" society, where everyone is told to be "who they are", atomised individuals, incapable of relating on any level strong enough to ensure a common entity, a common good, something greater than themselves worth defending...

I couldn't help but notice in the chapter on the guilt tripping of the European psyche the greatest guilt-trip of all was carefully omitted, slavery, the massacre of american indians and australians aborigines were discussed and relativised at length while the Holocaust wasn't even mentioned...







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  • Dan
  • 19-11-19

“The more a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those that speak it”

This book is a must have. As “one sided” as some may think, it is based on indisputable facts. Two world wars and many lives were lost to maintain and keep a democratic Europe. Now Europe faces another war, a war of ideology and religion. This book gives a very detailed account of that war and what if anything can be done to stem the tide of defeat.

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  • Sydney Hostetler
  • 21-09-19

Everyone needs to read this book

My head is spinning. My heart is heavy. But I am very grateful to the author and publishers of this book. It is extremely well written. It speaks the truth that so many are unwilling to acknowledge or address.

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  • 10-11-17

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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  • Sebastian P.
  • 01-10-19

Real story about open borders policy

Real,true story about consequences of uncontrolled flood of migrants, and mass media covering it. Manipulation of media coverage of the story,and politicians telling Europeans, that what they see,and experience,its not there.

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  • Lisa
  • 10-05-17

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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  • jeremy
  • 26-09-19

The most important story ever to be ignored.

Should be carved into granite so that the future peoples that come back to enlightenment thousands of years after the coming dark ages have a tool to guide their way.

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  • psucale
  • 10-08-19

Shocking statistics

great book. eye opening. europe is likely past the point of no return with no end in sight

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  • 29-05-17

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
  • 24-07-17

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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  • Marko Vukosavovic
  • 02-06-17

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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