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 crisis to the steady erosion of our freedoms. He addresses the disappointing failure of multiculturalism, Angela Merkel’s U-turn on migration, and the Western fixation on guilt. Murray travels to Berlin, Paris, Scandinavia, 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.
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 sharp and incisive book 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.” -Goodreads
My Rating: 4.5
This is a difficult book to review. The main reason for this is that it would be much easier if everyone was to read it before I said anything. This, of course, would (partially) negate the need for a review.
Despite the title, which encourages a sense of impending doom, this is an important book people of all political viewpoints should read. If you think you know a lot about immigration and multiculturalism, and the impact/s they have had on Europe, you definitely need to read this book. Step by step, Murray depicts the stages of migration into Europe in recent history with clear, carefully researched observations. You might not agree with the conclusion of Murray’s analysis of the complex situation facing European countries and cultures, but the effects of mass migration are an important aspect to understand if you are to have opinions of your own.
I will not go into any detail of the contents of the book in this review. I would only meagerly scratch the surface of the detail needed for anyone reading this to understand why I think this book is important. I will instead suggest that anyone who finds themselves in the position of having an opinion, or several opinions, on the issue of immigration, but is struggling to convince others, or even themselves, that their conclusions are based in an infallible understanding of the situation, this book is the perfect place to start.
In the words of Christopher Hitchens, “That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.”