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Menace in Europe: Why the Continent's Crisis Is America's, Too

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  88 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Old Europe’s new crisis.

Europe, the charming continent of windmills andgondolas. But lately,Europe has become the continent of endless strikes and demonstrations, bombs on the trains and subways, radical Islamic cells in every city, and ghettos so hopeless and violent even the police won’t enter them. In Spain, a terrorist attack prompts instant capitulation to the terrori
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by Three Rivers Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Cheryl Didur
Sep 03, 2014 Cheryl Didur rated it did not like it
This book begins as an apparently unbiased look at some of the causes of racial/cultural/ethnic tension in Europe and very quickly degenerates into an attack on immigrants from Muslim backgrounds, and German rock bands that the author has decided are neo-Nazi.

Definitely not on my suggested reading list.
Apr 10, 2007 Christopher rated it it was ok
I simply could not continue with this book after the first chapter, which was all that was necessary for it to become apparent that Miss Berlinski's inaugural work of non-fiction was littered with opinion and bias. This is disappointing, since at least some of what she had to say was potentially informative (such as her assertion that anti-Americanism antedates GWB), but I don't have the patience to sift through half-truths. She takes on an Ann Coulter persona, preying on people's vulnerability. ...more
Chris Davis
Dec 29, 2010 Chris Davis rated it really liked it
This was great for all people who think that America has issues. Europe has a lot of issues they are not addressing. The sheer number of the non-integrated, Muslim population is as troubling or more more so than China's 20M unmarried, single men. She lays out a lot of stories that are little slow and cannot be quickly integrated into the story she is telling. In this light it is a little confusing, though she does pulls it together in the end. It is not the most engaging read.
Mar 08, 2009 Youndyc rated it really liked it
The writing is not the best in terms of prose - some of the chapters are a bit disjointed, and the author relies on sarcasm in various places throughout (which does not bother me). However, the information is very timely, appears to be very well researched, and is very interesting. I am giving it 4 stars for that reason.
Joel Thornton
May 01, 2008 Joel Thornton rated it it was amazing
Clear concise, well research in most areas. This is a must read for anyone considered about international religious issues!
Mar 13, 2011 Ron rated it really liked it
Well written, provocative look at why Europe has not assimilated its immigrant population well and why this will lead to its downfall if it doesn't address the crisis soon.
Richard Simpson
Jul 15, 2014 Richard Simpson rated it liked it
I found the subject matter of this book riveting, and identified with many of its evaluations. Yes, there is a spiritual void in western Europe with the death of Christianity that is not adequately being replaced by materialism; yes, the assimilation of immigrants in western societies is becoming more chimerical as time goes on, even with the possibility that it is those societies themselves that will be subsumed; yes, these are dangers hardly addressed by the political establishments. Berlinski ...more
The Style Page
Nov 05, 2008 The Style Page rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: those interested in international affairs
Menace in Europe seeks to show that Europe is afflicted by anti-Americanism, Antisemitism, a plummeting birthrate among Europeans, and an un-assimilated Muslim population. It makes its case through describing particular social and political phenomena in the UK, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, and Germany.

I was already familiar with the ideas in this book, through the writings of Melanie Phillips, Theodore Dalrymple, and the late Oriana Falliaci. By and large, I accept these ideas.

Jan 29, 2011 Vibeke rated it really liked it
I liked this book mostly because I like Claire Berlinski's style. It's refreshing to see her as a character in her own non-fiction work. Most non-fiction writers tend to avoid showing that they really are mortal. Berlinski presents ideas that most of us probably don't consider--ideas that in many cases we choose not to consider. I found this book engaging and easy to read, for the most part. I had trouble getting through the Rammstein chapter, which is why I set the book down for quite a few mon ...more
May 07, 2011 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Liked: Berlinski's occasional bright wit, and her attention to some very unusual indicators of Europe's inability to integrate Muslim immigrants and evade the ghosts of their past.

Disliked: Her affected Buckley-esque vocabulary (I've heard her interviewed, and it's nowhere to be found when she speaks), too much focus (as in entire chapters!) on tangential matters that are of limited importance, and an overall lack of direction and cohesiveness to the book that makes it seem like a collection of
Dec 10, 2007 Pam rated it really liked it
This book attempts to answer the questions 'Who are these young Islamist radicals, and why is Europe breeding so many of them?" and "Why is Europe incapable of seeing and solving its own problems?". She discusses their problems through examination of the anti-American lyrics of the German rock group Rammstein; Jose Bove, the founder of the French farmer's union and a spokesman for the anti-globalist movement; and the city of Marseille, a city that 'works' as opposed to Paris that doesn't. Are th ...more
Ezra Hood
Nov 09, 2010 Ezra Hood rated it really liked it
If for nothing else, get this book for its chapter about sustainable food as a substitute religion for the otherwise faithless. The chapter is called "The Nine Lives of Jose Bove" and it is a tour de force.
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CLAIRE BERLINSKI WAS born in 1968 in California, and grew up in New York, Seattle and California. She received her undergraduate degree in Modern History and her doctorate in International Relations from Balliol College at Oxford University. She has since lived and worked in Britain, Thailand, Laos, France, and Turkey as a journalist, academic, consultant and freelance writer.
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