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While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  609 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
The struggle for the soul of Europe today is every bit as dire and consequential as it was in the 1930s. Then, in Weimar, Germany, the center did not hold, and the light of civilization nearly went out. Today, the continent has entered yet another “Weimar moment.” Will Europeans rise to the challenge posed by radical Islam, or will they cave in once again to the extremists ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 11th 2007 by Anchor (first published January 1st 2006)
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Oct 03, 2007 Thomas rated it liked it
Hmmm ... Curious, to say the least. Let me get this straight (no pun intended): Bruce Bawer is a gay New Yorker who hooked up with a European lover and now currently resides in Oslo, Norway. Yet, he is also a proud American and (yeesh) proud conservative who takes pot-shots against the US quite personally, even going so far at one point to chastise German kids for wearing Che Guevarra T-Shirts? Sounds as ridiculous as the Log Cabin Republicans -- like Paula Poundstone once noted, "Gay Republican ...more
Skylar Burris
Aug 05, 2008 Skylar Burris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, islam
Despite its subtitle, this book is not so much about radical Islam as it is about the essential cultural differences between the United States and Western Europe that make it less possible for Muslims to assimilate and liberalize in European countries than in the U.S. Although it made me concerned for the fate of Europe, it actually made me more optimistic about the future of Islam in America than did a sugar-coated apologetic like Who Really Speaks for Islam? Leave it to a gay New Yorker who fl ...more
I disagree 100% with the Bush war on terror or whatever the hell his malignant policies concerning Islam can now be called. The political views of the author of this book couldn’t be further from my own. His conclusions on many of the events described in this book are completely the opposite of mine. However, I am a firm believer that this religion is a very destructive force in the world. I believe all religions are pretty much poison but Islam is especially dangerous. As a long-time resident i ...more
Jun 24, 2008 Erik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coming across this recently, I was initially surprised that the same Bruce Bawer who penned one of the great pro-gay rights books, "A Place at the Table", wrote this. Naturally, I picked it up having recently finished the mind-bending "A Death in Amsterdam."

I’m not the reactionary-type – being the liberal-minded gay man that I am. But Bawer did fully awaken my latent frustration and internal dilemma that our War on (Islamic) Terror has its justification, if not my quiescent approval at times. Do
Jeremy Hatfield
Aug 05, 2011 Jeremy Hatfield rated it really liked it
As someone who has been following the problems Europeans have been having with Islamists, I found this book strongly resonant with the concerns I have for Europe and her culture.

I suspected that part of the reason Europe was in the fix it is now was due in part to her abandoning her Christian heritage. For all the problems European Christianity has had, it did provide Europe with a certain strength of character and a certain clarity of vision. Abandoning this backbone has left her defenseless ag
Feb 03, 2009 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've sent this book to several friends. If they're not buying the war on terror from the American right, maybe they'll listen to a gay guy.

Bawer moved to Europe, enamored by "a world that had moved beyond bigotry," where "people's sense of identity and self-worth didn't depend on jobs or salaries," and folks "are appreciative of and satisfied with everyday pleasures." He wanted to love Europe, did love Europe, apparently still does.

All the more powerful, then, his eye-opening, highly readable ac
Nov 10, 2009 Spaniard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the future of Europe
Two things stood out to me as i read this book. First, the dire situation that the old continent finds itself because of its cultural/economic socialism and immigration policies. The fact that Europeans have seriously slowed in having children is producing chaos for their economic system. How can Europeans enjoy the perks of their supposed 'socialist' government benefits if there are less and less of them (Europeans) to fill the employment void as more and more workers retire, in order for them ...more
As Bruce Bawer begins his book WHILE EUROPE SLEPT: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from within, he introduces himself as a gay man who moved to Amsterdam and Oslo and became appalled at how European countries are undermining their own fabled tolerance of gays and freedom of expression by condoning growing radical Islamist sentiment that is anything but tolerant. I am worried by the implications of EU demography, which suggest that unassimilated Muslims will soon wield immense political ...more
May 20, 2008 Peg rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
FRIENDS - somethingwrong with my goodreads profile, haven't received a piece of news from any of you (yet my neighbor Sandy Holland has). Please invite me to be a friend PEG RICHARDSON

2006 book by author of Place at the Table, Stealing Jesus, and Diminishing Fictions. Story of one American's experience in Europe before and after 9/11 and of his many arguments with Europeans about the dangers of militant Islam and America's role in combatting it. Author writes for NY Times
Frank Kelly
Written in 2006 by one of the better writers and commentators around, the book is clear-eyed vision of what Europe refuses to acknowledge: terrorism comes in various forms and one of those forms is intimidation and veiled threats. Bawer, who has lived in Europe for years, gives a highly factual and focused account of what he has witnessed during his time there. Two points that stood out for me: 1) Timothy Garton Ash, in his recently published collection of essays ("Facts Are Subversive: Politica ...more
Danusha Goska
May 27, 2013 Danusha Goska rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bruce Bawer's "While Europe Slept" reads like an all-night, outrage-fueled, feverish conversation with a fascinating, impassioned friend about shattering events that shift tectonic plates even as the conversation progresses; you both know that when dawn breaks, the world you re-enter may be changed utterly from the world you began talking about the night before.

Though the book focuses on the destructive impact of unchecked and unassimilated Muslim immigration to Europe combined with self-destruc
Michael Estey
Dec 13, 2012 Michael Estey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While Europe Slept
How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within

Author: Bruce Bawer

Book Review

If you're not paranoid now,
in these post 911 times of terrorism,
sky bombings, anthrax, and all that shit.
Then read this book.
You will be.

Basically about tolerance (Europe)
and intolerance (Islam)
The Islamic Master Plan.

Bruce Bawer the author, a gay man moves to Europe with his lover, -- as if that matters, but it does give you a prespective from a gay persons viewpoint -- he tells of his experi
Feb 08, 2015 Jibran rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-politics
Some things the writer says about the fundamental cultural difference of European Muslims are understandable from a liberal-secular perspective but on the whole it is a typical right-wing Islamophobic false alarm that sees no way for the native Europeans and migrant Muslim communities to coexist in peace.

To support his point he lists a few recent 'incidents' over a few short period of time - rather spiced up and exaggerated - to interpret a basic incompatibility between Europe and peoples of Isl
Jun 09, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: european-culture
The author is gay, and he clearly has an axe to grind against the European treatment of gay people in the late 1990's and early in the next decade, but that's not the main focus of his book.

The author clearly points out the blindness of Europe with example after example of the radicalism of Islamic immigrants and their repeated refusal to assimilate into the culture of the European countries into which they were immigrating. Instead, they took advantage of European countries abundant social wel
Could have been four stars, but it is almost a decade past publication and the concerns and warnings are stale, if not still applicable. An interesting book from one man's perspective of different societal traits and willful blindness to changing realities brought about by changing demographics. As a gay American he probably has an keen ability to detect societal acceptance (or lack thereof), feigned sympathies, and systematic or establishment tendencies being made in media, politicians, and soc ...more
Rich Anderson
The author describes a Europe that is being overtaken by Islam. Published in 2006, this book describes a situation where the native Europeans are so afraid of offending the Islamic immigrants that they ignore the immigrant’s self segregation, failure to integrate into society, and make excuses for crimes committed by the Islamic immigrants.

The author describes his experiences from the time he moved to Europe in 1998 until the writing of the book. He describes a situation where the news, educatio
Apr 13, 2014 Gwynneth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a difficult, but necessary book to read because it strips away much of the illusion that Europe does things better than the US.

An earlier reviewer by the name of Erik, pretty much states everything I felt after reading this book. It is true that while bending over backward to accommodate Islam, Europe has become quite see-no-evil, and unbending toward those few pointing out the rising militancy within it. Then there's the lack of integration of multiple generations (I don't care if you'
May 05, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As noted by reviewers elsewhere, this book does not present an unassailable case fortified by careful documentation. But if you don't expect it to, you'll get two excellent books in one: the personal story of a man who gains new appreciation for America's character after losing his idealized vision of European life in the course of actually living there, and a sweeping indictment of the political correctness and specious pacifism that could allow radical Islam to eclipse Western civilization on ...more
Apr 05, 2010 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is the first book by Bruce Bawer that raises the alarm of what is being called the new rise of Islamic facism. There are several counterparts to this alarming book for it seems that if there is a rise of a hate group, there would be another counter hate group to go against that group and it will result into violence that would spread across Europe like the new hate group, the British National Party, a Neo-Nazi organization that many white people who are afraid or angry about the rise of Mus ...more
While I'd heard news stories about cultural tensions with Muslims in Europe esp. France I did not realize the full extent of these problems.
Bawer details many outrageous human rights abuses especially of women, children, gay and Jewish people by Muslim immigrants.
He blames European countries' policies of multiculturalism & cultural relativism for being so "tolerant" of Islam that they turn a blind eye towards extremism. He claims that any criticism of Islam is suppressed as being racist. H
Lisa Pacheco
Can you say the word . . . SCARY! This book depressed and terrified me, and it took me forever to get through it. Bruce Bawer exposes the horrors of the rapidly expanding Islamic movement through out Western Europe in this book. He describes in detail the mistreatment and degradation of women by Muslim men, their hatred of Jews, homosexuals and all things Western and American. He also harps on the fact that Western Europeans turn a blind eye the fact that their communities are being taken over b ...more
Heather Tomlinson

People who express opinions on internal Islamic radicalism in the UK tend to be one of two types; either denying there is a problem except with a tiny minority, or implying that the whole of the Muslim community is out to destroy our way of life.
As you can see from the title, this is one of the latter (though it's mainly about Scandinavian/Continental Europe). It's annoying, because neither extreme is true. The question is where on the spectrum is the truth; and it seems hard to find the answers
Bookmarks Magazine

Bruce Bawer, who has wrestled previously about American fundamentalism (Stealing Jesus) and gay rights (A Place at the Table), finds an equally contentious and compelling subject in the blind eye of European liberalism. Enchanted by the famed tolerance of Amsterdam, Bawer moved to Europe in 1998. But after settling in a predominantly Muslim neighborhood, the author noticed a society that offered "millions in aid, but not a penny in salary." Reviewers find Bawer an eloquent writer with his passio

May 09, 2009 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had expected this book to be about the growth of radical Islam, particularly in Europe, but it focused more on Europeans themselves and why they are not responding aggressively to the threat of radical Islam. The author moved to Europe ten years ago, and was astounded by the growing danger of Islamic radicalism and the fact that Europeans seemed to be doing little about it. The book offers the best analysis I've seen so far of the European psyche and why Europeans are so reluctant to confront ...more
Nov 07, 2008 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rachel by: Shiloh
I didn't get more than a third of the way through this before I had to return it to the library so it's not a really fair review but I felt like this was a unnecessarily lenghty, difficult book to read.

The author seemed to attempt to use isolated incidences to describe what he purports to be an epidemic of radical islam consuming Europe. I was somewhat wary of this presumption because he very clearly implies that he believes "fundamental Christians" to be at the root of every problem the United
Feb 06, 2010 Morris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book with similar message to "The Last Days of Europe". The author, a gay man with pretty conservative political attitudes left the US for Europe where his gay lifestyle was accepted by the Western Europeans. However, Muslim immigrants threatened and persecuted him and other gays. He was also put off that Europeans were quick to criticize US and Israeli leaders and policies, but were silent about local Islamic thuggery and international Islamic terrorism. He feels that Western Europe ...more
Jun 05, 2009 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bawer needs to cite sources when he throws blurbs like this--"And recently, four unprovoked Muslim youths attacked an old Jewish woman near Trifalgar Square"--into his prose; the timelines are confusing and his examples could be complete hearsay. Still, consider the fact that a liberal gay American and his partner moved to Europe to escape the Moral Majority and came to be two of George W. Bush's staunchest supporters on the war on terror after witnessing the transformation going on in Europe to ...more
Dec 28, 2015 Arvind rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An American gay of Norwegian origin who loves Amsterdam and Europe provides a good all-rounded view of multiculturalism, segregation and integration, racism by whites, rising anti-Semitism and the differences between Europe and USA's politics.
Feb 19, 2010 Cassidy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is packed with relevant information regarding Islam and the threat it poses to western society should it not go through a reformation like Christianity did. Much of the problem arises out of Muslims who emigrate and mooch off their new country while using that country's resources to maintain damaging practices and belief systems such as female genital mutilation, refusing to educate women, and restricting basic freedoms such as speech and religion. I disagree with the author's litmus t ...more
Jun 12, 2008 Miles rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was fairly predictable as it kept the same premise throughout the entire read: Europe is slowly self-destructing due to low native birth rates and high immigration from increasingly fundamentalist-leaning muslims. The author argues that Europe is reaching a tipping point in balance of power, and that if you think immigrants can't possibly have political power already, think again. The author cites personal anecdotal evidences that although he is a social liberal and democrat, he agrees ...more
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