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The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  4,361 ratings  ·  564 reviews
A controversial and devastatingly honest depiction of the demise of Europe.

The Strange Death of Europe is the internationally bestselling account of a continent and culture caught in the act of suicide. Douglas Murray takes a step back and explores the deeper issues behind the continent's possible demise, from an atmosphere of mass terror attacks and a global refugee crisi
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 20th 2017 by Bloomsbury Continuum (first published May 4th 2017)
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Mark Alexis I have the same doubts about whether some of these people read this great book before giving it a single star. I thought it very lucid, mild-mannered…moreI have the same doubts about whether some of these people read this great book before giving it a single star. I thought it very lucid, mild-mannered and balanced. But if you consider everybody to the right of Bernie Sanders a hate-filled hater full of hate, Mr. Murray is not your guy, I guess.(less)
Nathanael Hoernlé I'm not sure whether that is supposed to be a small or a large number. The numbers struck Oriana Fallaci as dangerous when they were half that.

I'm not sure whether that is supposed to be a small or a large number. The numbers struck Oriana Fallaci as dangerous when they were half that.

Since then another number has gone up sharply - victims of Islam-inspired violence. No reason to suppose that that development will reverse itself.(less)

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Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Presented with an alarmist title like The Strange Death of Europe, any sceptical reader is bound to raise an eyebrow or two. After all, doomsayers – whatever their motive - have been with us since time immemorial, the veracity of their warnings of the future to be looked upon with if not outright suspicion, at least a healthy dose of reservation.


Douglas Murray however, is a voice that should very well be heeded, since the time is indeed now. Allowing myself to make my own humble prediction, in
Twerking To Beethoven
This book is appalling and will piss you off bigtime because it's filled with UNQUESTIONABLE FACTS.

You might be offended by the following lines. But, quite honestly, I don't give a shit.

in 1989 British-Indian author Salman Rushdie released a novel, The Satanic Verses and, go figure, all hell broke loose. Rushdie got a death sentence - through a fatwa issued by Iranian ayatollah Khomeini - for insulting islam. A 3,000,000$ reward was promised to the "heroic" muslim who'd manage to kill him, only
Dom Watkins
Jun 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Immigration, Identity, Islam; reads the sub-title, one would have hoped to see a serious discussion of these three topics and the relationship that has emerged between them. Sadly not.

A common habit of many involved in this type of conversation, particularly the political right, is to present their arguments in the shadow of a perceived and looming existential crisis. Having stimulated the old reptilian cortex with some frightening spectacle, those particularly prone to panic and hysteria will t
Rodrigo Acuna
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Sometimes even to live is an act of courage."

I am always surprised when people from the left tell me of all the evil Europe has caused in the world and the guilt they feel for having been and empire is almost palpable, yet when you point out that Europe and Britain are not unique to these litanies of crimes, that all peoples have transgressed on other people, they seem perplexed and disbelieving that history does not support their racist little theory of superior culpability, because it i
Apr 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
The first quarter of the book is so often simply racist and xenophobic, manipulative and flirting with ethical filth, that it's really hard to forget about it and listen to some data, that he makes his case for later in the book. And even though I believe there's definitely a lot we should do differently in our approach to immigration, none of the part "differently" means closing the door for me.

The number of times he dreamingly refers to "White Britain" is uncomfortable...

There's so much of da
Nov 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Whatever challenges or hardships one faces in life, they should at least be glad that they don't have to go through existence as Douglas Murray. This book is an expression of a completely miserable and pessimistic outlook on the future of the richest and most powerful place on the planet. Murray looks outside his window and sees nothing but hordes of non-white, mostly Muslim men, committed and focused Enemies of Civilization, intent on no lesser crime than committing mass rape. He laments the lo ...more
Andrea Zuvich
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be absolutely brilliant and urge everyone - of every political persuasion - to read it. Despite already having several excellent works behind him now, Douglas Murray has surpassed himself in this brilliant, damning, and ultimately tragic work of non-fiction and current affairs. Throughout this work, the author touches on a vast array of controversial topics which impact our daily lives/have been in the news: the historically massive influx of immigrants (previously regarded ...more
Nicholas Smith
Tired rehash of old arguments

I found this a very poor read. In the introduction the author boasts of the research and travel he had done in writing the book but in fact this appears to have been little more than two trips to islands on the edge of Europe where he did little more than reinforce his existing prejudices. The terms he uses Europe, western Europe and britain are used interchangeably and he uses statistics in a misleading way, for example he routinely mentions uk immigration figures w
Greg Watson
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The immigration debate in Europe that Murray presents in many ways mirrors that in the States. In Europe, the immigrant computer programmer is presented as typical. In the States, the immigrant with a doctorate is presented as typical. Also, as in Europe, many migrants into the States are economic refugees instead of those fleeing war zones.

American identity also has similarities to European identity. As in Europe, America is supposed to accept endless guilt about its past. It is obliged to be j
Brendan Monroe
Rather than enraging me, as it once did, the hypocrisy of the left now amuses me. It’s a tragic sort of amusement, an amusement borne out of a realization that outrage would be pointless because we, the West, are now so deep in the pit of absurdity that there’s almost certainly no way we can get out again. The tragic has become comic because, despite the evidence all around us, otherwise sensible people and politicians remain blind on one issue – Islam.

I would argue that Europe is very likely b
This is an excellent explanation and analysis of the current problems facing Europe. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what's going on in Europe, and it is timely for how pressing these issues are. The book is highly critical of the political classes for ignoring the wishes and opinions of the public in regards to immigration levels and the impact of Islam. Few politicians are able to speak honestly and openly about it, showing how out of touch they are with their voters ...more
Cj Dufficy
Jul 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
The crucial axioms to invigorate identity politics and mount lie upon lie to suffocate any resistance to confirmation bias are magnificently on display here in this awful rubbish:

1. There is an homogeneous British Culture.

But Rugby, Football, Cricket, Curry, Binge drinkers, Hen Parties, Theatre & Shakespeare, house & rock music fans etc would struggle to define it and naturally the author never even attempts to, deftly ignoring British support for Opera (south & east Europe), natura
Charles J
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mass immigration to Europe is one of those topics about which there is little mainstream discussion, both in the United States and even more so (paradoxically) in Europe. What discussion does happen is purely facile, on the “pro” side, or often lacking nuance, on the “anti” side. Douglas Murray’s book, “The Strange Death of Europe,” sets out to remedy both faults. The book is good, if a bit meandering; it offers historical and political analysis, along with relevant philosophical thoughts. The d ...more
Tariq Mahmood
Jun 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: europe, refugee
Complete waste of time for any liberal as all the 'researched' facts is a selection based on the author's prejudice against Muslims migrants in Europe. The huge numbers of Muslim migrants are because their houses are being bombed, and their livelihoods destroyed, their personal safety no more. And why are their wars in their own countries? How can the author deny Europe's direct involvement in the Middle East? Are their foreign policies not to blame? Or are we only going to refer to history when ...more
The book of the year, undoubtedly.

Can't agree more with the author, especially with his warning about the future if politicians don't start listening to the frequently more loud public resentment and grievances regarding immigration and (non)integration.

A must read.
Ryan Murdock
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An extremely well written and thoroughly researched examination of the European migrant crisis, the ill-planned and entirely improvised response of our leaders, and the strange path Europe is taking as Western culture struggles with the reasons — or lack thereof — for its own existence. I think this is essential reading. Western culture is wonderful, and worth saving. If only we can get our heads out of the reeking depths of the postmodern ass for long enough to realize it.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics
I held back on the original review I had prepared which was a long truthful discourse.

Sooo in a nutshell, I agree with nearly 98% of this book.

WHY? My wife is muslim and asian and her father was very happy to consent to our marriage because he wanted his daughter to live a free and happy life.

We have two wonderful daughters, the eldest is nearly 18.

Most family members on both sides objected to us getting married.

His answer was she can marry who she wants, it is a free country and no muslim immig
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If only this man were not an author or journalist, but a leader; there might yet be hope for England.

This book is a well-researched analysis of the failures of our governing class to control mass migration and its consequences. Douglas is sublime and articulates expertly the shortcomings of our politicians in dealing with biggest challenge to our society. This book certainly wades through the nonsense advanced by other commentators and does away with certain 'wisdoms'.

This ought to wake people u
☙ percy ❧
i'm the leftiest lefty to ever lefty but one of my new year's resolutions was reading more stuff that i probably won't agree with just to see if i'm surprised or not, so here i am
Olly L-J
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, owned
I don't agree with Douglas Murray on a fair few issues, but I respect him deeply for his courage and also his skills as a debater (watch some of his clips on YouTube) and also a writer.
Rational, factual, and also compassionate, this book feels deeply, deeply important. Mass migration, creeping islamisation of European culture is an issue that many, normal, decent people are worried about. Of course there will be extremes from the far right and far left who flock to these sort of views, but tarri
Mary Ronan Drew
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Douglas Murray's book is a frank new analysis of political conditions in Europe, especially the conditions created by the millions of Muslim immigrants that have flooded into the EU over the past decade and in some countries are still arriving in the tens of thousands each day. This is a topic that is difficult to talk about in Europe. The denial of the political and intellectual elites is almost complete. They insist "immigration" is good for Europe and to deny this or even to question how much ...more
Tristram Shandy
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sociology, politics
Just Another Prediction of the Decline and Fall of the West?

We Europeans, especially those of a more conservative outlook, are fond of the Cassandra game, predicting the degeneration of society as we know it, the loss of values and the disappearance of Culture with a capital C. Probably no one ever did it in as lachrymose-hysterical and at the same time tedious a manner as Oswald Spengler, and it was his book that I had to think of when I came across Douglass Murray’s The Strange Death of Europe
Robert Appleton
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Douglas Murray maintains remarkable poise as he treads through some of the most politically taboo territory of modern times. Europe has lost its sense of self, he posits. The hows and the whys of this are extremely well argued here. Guilt, conflict fatigue, political apathy, the rise of liberal fanaticism, and many other factors have weakened European identity to the point where we've become unable to stop or even slow the Biblical-scale influx of foreign cultures into our continent. The problem ...more
Thomas Achord
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
One of the most important books I've read this year. A thorough examination of the demographic, national, religio-philosophical situations of European countries. See quotes:

“When these (Muslim) gang-rape cases came to court they did so in spite of local police, councillors and care-workers, many of whom were discovered to have failed to report such crimes involving immigrant gangs for fear of accusations of ‘racism’. The media followed suit, filling their reports with euphemisms as though trying
Catalin Negru
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Target audience: The book targets mainly Europeans and secondly people in the Western world.

About the author: According to his Goodreads page, Douglas Kear Murray is a British neoconservative writer and commentator. He was the director of the Centre for Social Cohesion from 2007 until 2011, and is currently an associate director of the Henry Jackson Society. Murray appears regularly in the British broadcast media, commentating on issues from a conservative standpoint, and he is often critical of
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Best thing about this book? It continues to open up the debate, long shut down by the political class, about mass immigration from outside the EU to UK and Europe, and the demographic changes that come with that.

It also has something important to say about the weakness of societal bonds in an intensely consumerist, individualistic, post-religious Europe, but it says so in a half baked way.

Worst thing about this book? It's almost hysterical in it's expectation of cultural transformation, as if we
May 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Racist nonsense.
Jarrod Granger
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read.
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Immigration is truly a fight between the heart and the mind.

The heart wants:
To rescue the people surrounded by war and famine and give them stability.
To provide the same opportunities for education, jobs and economical success that we have.
To save children from mutilation, life as a terrorist, orphanages, and illness.
To ensure that all people have the human rights that we have.

The mind says:

Money-because we are countries already in debt and cannot support millions of people on w
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're a low-key leftie or non-conservative, read - The New Odyssey. If not, read this one - The Strange Death of Europe. If you're not sure where you belong and nothing really offends you anymore (because 2019 is all about getting offended), read both, 'cause Why Not?
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Douglas Kear Murray is a British neoconservative writer and commentator. He was the director of the Centre for Social Cohesion from 2007 until 2011, and is currently an associate director of the Henry Jackson Society.

Murray appears regularly in the British broadcast media, commentating on issues from a conservative standpoint, and he is often critical of Islamic fundamentalism. He writes for a num
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