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The Death of the West: How Dying Populations and Immigrant Invasions Imperil Our Country and Civilization

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The national bestseller that shocked the nation--The Death of the West is an unflinching look at the increasing decline in Western culture and power.

The West is dying. Collapsing birth rates in Europe and the U. S., coupled with population explosions in Africa, Asia and Latin America are set to cause cataclysmic shifts in world power, as unchecked immigration swamps and polarnation--The
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 5th 2000 by St. Martins Press-3PL (first published 2000)
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Feb 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
A good look at what is destroying Western Civilization. Lack of babies, lack of boarders, lack of God are destroying the West. Discussion on population and the new "Cultural Marxism" were especially poignant. Some might be turned off by some of Mr. Buchanan's discussion on race and ethnicity. What looks on the surface to be racism is rather frank discussion about race and ethnicity. What makes it sound racist is not what he says, but rather that we have been conditioned to think that frank discu ...more
Dec 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
My wife reads some Russian nationalist blogs, and one of the bloggers recommended this book to her; I read it for company. The idea is that low birth rates in Western countries and Japan, caused by contraception and the culture of consumerism, spell the death of Western, Christian and Japanese civilization, and third-world immigrants coming to the United States are destroying it. The Wikipedia article about Buchanan says that he married in 1971, and has no children. As my younger brother, born i ...more
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, politics
Even among conservatives Patrick J. Buchanan is a somewhat controversial figure but his 2002 book The Death of the West is a pretty good account of how our civilisation is being destroyed from within.

Demographic collapse and massive Third World immigration are the most obvious threats but Buchanan also takes aim at the climate of political correctness and the self-hatred of liberal elites.

He provides a good rundown on the long history of cultural marxism which is of course th
Jeff O'Brien
Apr 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
I don't know what possessed me to read this. I guess I was challenging myself to see how much pain I could endure in book form. I'm not even sure how to rate it. On the one hand, the author did an amazing job of what he set out to do. So maybe I should have given it five stars. It was also well written. But it was really just a bunch of statistics and the author claiming that our culture is dying and the only way to save it is to keep the goddamn Mexicans out and outlaw abortion so the USA will ...more
Jun 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book should be required reading for all American students, so that they can understand how our country has been ripped from us and how we are being deceived into the destruction of our own race.
Daniel L.
Jul 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Eugenics? You Bet (a.k.a. Racist, White Supremacist Drivel)

Several reviewers consider Mr. Buchanan's prophecy that there will be a power shift from the West (i.e., White Christian - Aryan) to the growing non-Western peoples (everyone else, including Latinos and Blacks) alarming, the truly alarming thing is that Mr. Buchanan's freakish views have gained credibility among the mainstream.
Mr. Buchanan derives much of the information in the Death of the West from the New Century Fou
Jin Mog
Nov 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book is really good if you think that U.S. was built by god's divine will, not by perpetual state of slavery and genocide.
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"When Cornwallis's army marched out of Yorktown, the fife and drums played "The World Turned Upside Down." Now our world has been turned upside down. What was right and true yesterday is wrong and false today. When was immoral and shameful- promiscuity, abortion, euthanasia, suicide- has become progressive and praiseworthy. Nietzche called it the transvaluation of all values; the old virtues become sins, and the old sins become virtues."

"But where Lenin's revolution failed, the one t
Jan 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Highly recommended. Buchanan is pretty much a redneck to me, but at least he's fairly transparent. I found myself fascinated by and agreeing w/ large portions of this book- except when he talked about race, when he might as well have had 6 heads on his shoulders. I cannot take anyone seriously who does not acknowledge the socioeconomic and psychological damages of slavery and who discusses problems in the black community w/o reference to the history of black people in this country. It simply can ...more
Sylvester Kuo
Sep 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: politics
The Death of the West. What a nice title, surely this would have been an enlightening book right? WRONG. It was mostly a twisted interpretation of really basic statistics (from biased sources like UN for instance) and turning it into some post apocalyptic nightmare for the Caucasians.

The most infuriating thing about Buchanan is that he thinks he understood history and economics but the fact that he thought mixed economy was capitalism and that capitalism was comparable to communism w
Filip Stojak
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
'The Death of the West' is without a doubt Pat Buchanan's magnum opus. Though now more than a decade old, it re-emerges with great relevancy in the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis and rising tensions in the Middle-East.
The title is to be understood literally: declining birth rates and mass immigration in the US and Europe threaten to overwhelm native populations and extinguish their cultural identity. Different to earlier waves of immigration, the author argues, these people often don't
Mark Geise
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
“The Death of the West: How Dying Populations and Immigrant Invasions Imperil Our Country and Civilization” by Pat Buchanan is a flawed work with some redeeming qualities. Buchanan synthesizes a lot of information in these ~300 pages, and even those who vehemently disagree with him will likely be surprised at some of the statistics he presents. His thesis is that Western civilization is dying before our eyes as other civilizations in Asia, Africa, and South and Central American rapidly outbreed ...more
Aug 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book explains and illuminates the decline of Western Civilization. It’s not a prediction, it’s a fact. This decline is going on under the collective noses of Americans, Europeans, and Japanese.

Why are birthrates well below replacement level? Why do western men and women choose pleasure over family? Why is it no longer ok to be a patriot, to love the country of one’s birth? Pat Buchanan succinctly explains the root of this decline and what can be done to reverse it. A must read for all Amer
Steve Scott
Sep 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: politics
What an extraordinarily xenophobic and racist piece of garbage. I often find myself agreeing with Buchanan when it comes to his critiques of the American Right Wing. I can't find anything about this book that's worth spit.
Jonathan Sargent
Apr 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I guess I've heard these arguments for most of my life in some form or another, so none of this was really new unfortunately. Not aimed at persuading the other side, more so written as a call to arms.
Jacob Senholt
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
A great book that clearly documents that the road the West is currently on will lead to the death of the world as we know it.
Mark Muckerman
Dec 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Not the greatest tome of revelation ever penned, but not a total waste of trees, either. If you can put aside your politics and faith foundation (and ignore the author's), this book is actually not bad, and provides some well researched data and references one would not and will not see surfacing in the mainstream press, today's sound-bite media, and certainly not on Bill Maher's show. I'll preface my review with the opinion that this book suffers from two foundational handicaps: 1) it takes goo ...more
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I generally have a passionate hate for books regarding modern day politics - this is a very rare exception. Written in 2002, Pat Buchanan outlines his concerns for the future of "The West". Read 15 years later... it is prophetic. Immigration crises, cultural crises (he even foreshadows the current movement to tear down the statues regarding US history due to political correctness....) - its all in here.

He can be a "controversial" figure but I believe that is because he is willing to
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics, favorites
I read this book more than a decade ago and over the years have come to realize how much this book has done to change my thinking. Western civilization may be very well heading for a complete collapse if it doesn't change it's course. Pat Buchanan, like Enoch Powell in Great Britain, were decades ahead of their time predicting the crisis we face today. Movements like Donald Trump in the U.S., Brexit in Great Britain, the National Front in France, and a host of others throughout Europe are tryin ...more
Sally Sarko
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have read this numerous times or skimmed to find facts for reports or to use in debates. All my liberal friends made fun of me for reading this but I love Pat Buchanan and agree with him totally politically so I really enjoyed this book. Oh but actually in here I think he says there should be an incentive (like being paid an amount per child) for having children and I do not really think that would be a good thing for the government to do.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Buchanan is ahead of his time, he is almost a prophet. If you read what he wrote on the matter of immigration, islam, and secular humanism realized through cultural marxism, you would understand what is currently happening in the US
Michael Hołda (Holda)
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good explanation of how and why our white race & civilizations is fading away.
Jamie King
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memeology
the most prophetic book I've read in along time
sadly the author was correct as almost everything warned about has come to pass (mostly in the last year)
Jan 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Like him, hate, or just dismiss him this frightening prediction from half a decade ago is starting to look like a play book for immigrants, radicals, and disinterested Americans.
Dec 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Scary insight into how this country is sadly and slowly being destroyed
Hewitt Moore
Jun 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Great Book!
Matthew Burger
Oct 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Pat Buchanan is a racist piece of shit!
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Buchanan predicted all of the problems that the country has been paralyzed by in the last 2 years in 2002. This book is spot on in all of its observations, the overrunning of Europe by muslims, the battle over monuments and the names of public buildings, the identity politics of the Democrats and social marxists and the lefts machinations to portray god loving patriots as Nazis. The only aspect of the book where I disagree with the author is in his opinion toward gay men and women. He has th ...more
Brad Knight
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most important books I have ever read. It is the intellectual bedrock of 2016 conservatism, despite being written in 2002. If people want to understand the "logic" of Trump's rise, this is it. The preservation of the West is the goal of the New Right and this book should go down as being a watershed moment for conservatism much in the vein of Goldwater's "Conscience of a Conservative".

Brilliant. Heartfelt. Vital. Applicable.
Trevor Jones
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly prescient book for being written 17 years ago. Extremely well cited and written. If anyone is wondering why globalism and hypersensitive progressivism is on the march today, read this book. Pat Buchanan was talking about the African migrant crisis and the erasure of American history only a year after the September 11th attacks, and they've only gotten worse since then. Radically changed my perspective on things.
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One of America's best known paleoconservatives, Buchanan served as a senior advisor to Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan. He ran for president in 1992, 1996 and 2000. Buchanan is an isolationist on the subject of American foreign policy and believes in a restrictive immigration policy.
“We are two countries, two peoples. An older America is passing away, and a new America is coming into its own. The new Americans who grew up in the 1960s and the years since did not like the old America. They thought it a bigoted, reactionary, repressive, stodgy country. So they kicked the dust from their heels and set out to build a new America, and they have succeeded. To its acolytes the cultural revolution has been a glorious revolution. But to millions, they have replaced the good country we grew up in with a cultural wasteland and a moral sewer that are not worth living in and not worth fighting for—their country, not ours.” 2 likes
“Is the death of a religious-based culture inevitable once a society reaches general affluence? When a nation has overcome the hardships of its infancy and the struggles of its adolescence and manhood, and begins to produce a life of ease and luxury, does it naturally succumb to a disease of the soul that leads to decadence, decline, and death? “America is the only country that has gone from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between,” said Oscar Wilde.42 Did the man have a point?” 1 likes
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