• The Strange Death of Europe

  • Immigration, Identity, Islam
  • By: Douglas Murray
  • Narrated by: Robert Davies
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (3,018 ratings)

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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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“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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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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Sheer venom.

- A few parts are good. The first couple of chapters, and the chapter Tiredness and The Feeling That the Story Has Run out, those had some interesting parts i.e. when the author speaks about culture, history and identity. The parts about the role of religion and the effect of Christianity's slow death in Europe are good.

- But when he tries to diagnose threats to culture, they are invariably Islamophobic, biased and exaggerated. He combs the news looking for any instances of Muslim migrants doing anything bad, and he exaggerates those cases as if they are the norm rather than the exception.

- Author unashamedly endorsed Slovakian prime minister's statement, "Islam has no place in Slovakia".

- In one of the low points of the book, he quotes insane Zionist and Islamophobe Daniel Pipes.

- He only mentions Judaism positively, he never mentions Israeli war crimes or pre-Israel Zionist terrorism committed by Haganah and other Jewish groups.

- He's pinning his hopes on Muslims abandoning the Quran to "defang and wound" Islam.

- The author is homosexual, so he tries to find stories of homosexuals being attacked by Muslims, but when he mourns Christianity's death in Europe, never mentions the violence inflicted on homosexuals by the church.

- He mentions several polls where Europeans are purportedly anti-Islamic, and he supports those polls. Then when one of those polls was shown to have anti-Jewish and anti-Buddhist answers, he was surprised. What he's saying: the right thing is to hate Muslims, but it's WEIRD that anyone would hate any other group!

Bottomline: could've been great, but Douglas Murray hates Islam and Muslims and wants you to hate them too. Like every other racist or antisemite or xenophobe, he too thinks his hatred and bigotry are based on facts and reason.

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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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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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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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White genocide tropes

How many digress of separation do you want your intellectual life to have from the Turner Diaries? The problem with this book is that if you haven’t taken the time to get educated on the language white of supremacist movements you’re likely to not see what’s being said to you here. It’s necessary to read books within the context of the larger society in which the author exists. Read anything by Kathleen Belew she’s the foremost expert on the subject first. Not only does this book use coded language it also has a lot of things that are factual incorrect.

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Tried to give it a fair shot.

Couldn't finish it. Begins with an interesting comparison of conflicting cultural differences, then awkwardly devolves into concerns over white racial "purity".

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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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Fear-mongering

This book may perhaps be well-intentioned, but it is misinformed and misleading. The rhetoric is designed to sow fear, rather than to encourage productive problem solving.

This book is a response to the challenges of living in an ethnically diverse, pluralistic society. These challenges are real, and clashes between different cultures and ideologies doubtlessly happen. The reluctance of many left-leaning politicians to discuss these issues can be a real problem.

However, having pointed out a real problem, the book takes its rhetoric in a wholly unproductive direction. Instead of addressing the roots of the problem (globalization, drastic economic inequality between countries, lack of effective international cooperation, colonial legacies, etc.), or suggesting practical solutions, the author puts a lot of effort into describing various ways in which immigrants are or could become a threat to the established peoples of Europe. He paints a lurid picture of the hordes of migrants pouring into Europe, bringing with them their barbaric customs, and shamelessly taking advantage of the Europeans' generosity. The solution to all Europe's problems, apparently, is to keep these barbarians out. With such a premise, the only thing that this book can hope to accomplish is to fan xenophobic fears.

Many rhetorical fallacies are committed here: presenting statistics out of context; treating exceptional individuals (e.g., terrorists) as if they were representative of a group (e.g., Muslims); treating large and diverse groups (all immigrants, all Muslims, all Europeans) as if they were a monolithic block with a uniform set of goals and values; portrayal of culture as something static and unchanging; overly simplistic divisions into "us and them." Worst of all, the book aims not to inform, but to frighten the reader. It presents a series of dramatic negative examples: immigrants committing crimes and acts of terror. These examples are memorable and alarming, but are they representative? We are given no numbers that could help us put them in perspective. On the other hand, the book presents no counter-examples of immigrants getting jobs, paying taxes, and living quiet uneventful lives - even though that is how most immigrants live in most places.

While the problems to which the book attempts to respond are real, this kind of rhetoric is counterproductive. The author seems to be asking for a return to some kind of golden age, when Europe was more culturally and ethnically uniform, and the problems posed by globalization didn't exist. I'm not sure that there has ever been such an age, but even if there had been, the clock can't be turned back. It's not only Europe that is changing, but the whole world. It is becoming more intermixed - not the least because of Europe's own foreign trade policies. The influx of immigrants into Europe is as much an effect of change as it is a cause. I would also like to point out that I don't remember the word "globalization" making a single appearance in the entire book; this should give some idea of how misguided it is in its arguments.

The thing that saddens me the most is the large number of positive reviews that this book has. That is how many people are allowing themselves to be manipulated through fear, when they could be using their critical thinking skills to evaluate the book's message for themselves.

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  • Darren
  • 07-19-19

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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  • SwissTony
  • 09-07-19

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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  • William Wallwyn
  • 11-18-19

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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  • ashkan
  • 10-23-19

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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  • Andrew HOLMES
  • 05-28-19

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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  • Heidi Joseph
  • 09-23-19

A great read

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

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  • Garreth Byrne
  • 08-25-19

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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  • Olly Buxton
  • 10-09-19

Not as compelling as the madness of crowds

It is important to hear contrarian views - especially articulate ones like Douglas Murray's - and while he makes some compelling points about the capitulation of European confidence in its own culture - the overweening guilt for the sins of distant ancestors that so afflicts - this is a less balanced, and less perceptive piece than his more recent manifesto against identify politics, the madness of crowds.

Murray is more certain than I am that there is a "traditional European culture" that is being degraded - he would call it White European, but it seems to be the history and nature of Europe is that it is a melting pot, as far as I can see - and focuses on ghastly isolated events of Islamist terrorism while ignoring the plain fact that, on his own account, there are literally millions of Muslim immigrants who haven't commited acts of violence.

The sense you get throughout the book that Murray just doesn't like change or foreigners, and this more than dispassionate empirical observation motivates his post fact intellectual arguments, intensifies as the book enters its closing stages. Murray sympathetically cites Enoch Powell as a man misunderstood. Perhaps that's fair - it's certainly a brave stance in our neurotic, safe-space times - but more likely indicative of where, for all his eloquence, Murray is really coming from. In my view it's a pretty distasteful place.

I'm not at all persuaded Europe is dying. I think it is just adapting, as Europe always has, but in a way this intolerant person doesn't like. Perhaps Murray should be less fragile: As that great European philosopher said, "that which does not kill me makes me stronger ."

Europe has been around a lot longer than Douglas Murray.

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  • Rebecca Smith
  • 02-18-19

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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  • Dave Cassim
  • 12-07-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-17

Everyone needs to read this as soon as possible!

Clear and to the point, this refreshingly honest and objective explanation of the greatest global crisis of our time is sure to spark pertinent discussion the world over. This could be one of the most important publications of the decade.

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  • Joshua Riis
  • 12-01-17

An Insightful Analysis of the Migrant Crisis

In The Strange Death of Europe Douglas Murray dispels myths about the benefits of mass migration, identifies the origin of the West's loss of faith in its values, institutions, religion and culture and explains how Europe has ended up in such a terrifying situation as well as much more!

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  • Rod
  • 11-17-17

A must read

In the late 1970s we first visited Britain and there was concern about the impact migration was having on the character of their communities. There was a sense of hopelessness then which surprised me.
Now 40 years later visits to Europe show how much ground has been relinquished. The politicians and bureaucrats have betrayed their communities. This book goes a long way to explain how the death of Europe came to be. It also applies to America and Australia and the West at large. I recommend this book.

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  • Simon Hart
  • 10-01-17

Frightening

The story of how feel-good virue signalling Leftism and the globalist elite like Merkel are actively manifesting the suicide of Europe, possibly with no chance of recovery.

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  • Nicholas
  • 04-04-21

An eye opening and informed masterpiece.

Murray presents with clarity, data and with a distinct ability to make rational connections of most of the policies, people and the events that together have undone the fundamental identity of Europe in the past decades. His approach to the recent past and current reality feels like fresh air for those that are fed up with the edulcorated rhetoric propinated on a daily basis by most of the European media and politicians.
A recommended read for who realises the value in being European and sees as undisputed the preference of the European society over virtually any other society, past and present. We do need infinitely today intellectual like Murray to talk publically as much as it is practical.

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  • Lambro Johnson
  • 06-07-17

Defending Western Culture and Values

An erudite and well presented alternative to the usual PC platitudes on Islam and terrorism.

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  • luke
  • 06-02-17

brilliant

The most important book regarding the migrant crisis in europe I've ever read. Amazing read

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  • Benpik.
  • 01-17-22

Shining a Torch on what is being hidden

This book is an eye opener, scary and quite depressing. Having been in Europe in the mid 70's and again in 2013, I was shocked at the transformation in their society. Murray has exposed what is actually happening in Europe, with tremendous research, clarity and facts and figures. It exposes how the politicians and Media are hiding and covering up what is actually happening on the ground...This is a must read for anyone who wants to try and understand what, and why Europe and other countries who have no coherent border policies, are going through huge cultural changes, that are threatening their very way of life.

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  • Michael Patterson
  • 11-14-21

A challenging examination of what we will not look at

This is a look at truths avoided by politicians and advocates who believe their vision is the right one. Passion for virtue becomes a tyranny when it refuses to hear an alternate opinion, or confront a complexity with courage and humility.
Here everybody is at fault - for different reasons - and everybody is in denial. The ‘death of Europe’, strange or otherwise, is not a metaphor.
I finished listening in a sober mood. There is sadness too. Does this have to be the way it will go? I can’t say it is good or bad. Always what is good for some will be bad for others. But I may have to grieve a loss of a place that is foundational to my identity. Is that a bad thing? I don’t know.

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  • Emir
  • 04-12-21

Must Read for all Europeans

All Europeans must read this book (including those living in diaspora). Read this book, internalise it, and act. Fight for your homelands future, fight for your culture. If not you then who will, if not now then when. Much love

Warning: This book is a bitter pill, a harsh truth. For some it is a Red Pill (eye opening truth) and for some it might be a Black Pill (a truth so terrible one might reject it). If you are finding yourself feeling depressed and angry at the state of Europe, then put the book down for a few days before returning. I had to do the same as I was totally unprepared for the information in this book, as an Australian I had no idea this was happening