• 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 (3,106 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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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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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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Appalling European government crime cover up.

Where does The Strange Death of Europe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is an excellent book. I can now understand what is going on in Europe and make sense of all the contradictory reports I hear on the news and watch on TV. I am appalled by the government cover up of crime against women in all European countries. I hope Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reads this book and understands what has happened in Europe with respect to immigration and Islam.

What does Robert Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Robert Davies is able to communicate with the tone of his voice again and again facts which seem incredulous to the listener. I found myself shaking my head time and time again.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I don't think Hollywood will be able to find a super hero in this book, and that’s all Hollywood can do anymore.

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A sobering tale

Extremely well written, Douglas Murray presents a cogent, clear and concise treatise on the sad state of affairs in Europe and the betrayal of the European people by their leaders. It is the most bizarre of times where so many are obsessed by race, racism and stamping out fascism. All the while allying themselves with some of the most backwards of ideologies and depraved people of those found in radical Islam. The book doesn't offer much hope, but perhaps offers the best medicine - truth. Something Europe's ruling class and media outlets seem to care little for.

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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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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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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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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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Must read

for anyone who wants to know what's happening to Europe and Europeans in relation to immigration since 1945 but especially in last few years has to read this book
lack of direction and clearly defined policies, delusional and lying politicians, tolerance of immigrants' sadism and primitivism, liberal dictatorship and censorship, masochism and nihilism of Western European populace, complete rejection of religion and much more is tearing the Europe apart and Europeans have only themselves to blame
this was actually an incredible but disturbing read

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High on Rhetoric, Low on References

This is a good book. It’s well written to be easily understood and absorbed and the performance is on point.

It does rhetoric well, tapping into the narrative that liberals are sowing the demise of western culture and western civic governance by playing identity politics and refusing to examine the facts of Muslim/Islamic immigration honestly.

It does references poorly, in the audiobook anyway. While there may be references galore in the print version, this book “listens” much like a conversation style podcast would; say Joe Rogan Podcast, Waking Up with Sam Harris, The Rubin Report, etc. it’s as though Murray is extemporaneously giving an account of the European immigration crisis in a conversational format. One full of information from polls and events and news stories and death tolls and attacks et cetera et. al., but like a podcast conversation you have to take what’s being said for granted until you look it all up.

As long as you take that into account and know that you’re going to have to do a fair bit of research on the hard claims, then you’re good to go.

The books does make a lot of good points and is worth the money.

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  • julien
  • 08-06-17

very good, but do be careful

this book is a well crafted anti islamic propaganda piece, which i thoroughly enjoyed as it was thought provoking and well crafted. the author skilfully dismantle the mass media politically correct propaganda, very refreshing, infuriating, and blinding...

I feel it is mistaking Islam for The cause of the death of Europe, while it is only a symptom of a greater disease. No great nation is brought down from outside unless it is rotten from within. if islam can make the headway it is making in Europe, it is because it is a cohesive force that constrain people within a commun frame, direct energies in one directions, while Europe is a "free" society, where everyone is told to be "who they are", atomised individuals, incapable of relating on any level strong enough to ensure a common entity, a common good, something greater than themselves worth defending...

I couldn't help but notice in the chapter on the guilt tripping of the European psyche the greatest guilt-trip of all was carefully omitted, slavery, the massacre of american indians and australians aborigines were discussed and relativised at length while the Holocaust wasn't even mentioned...







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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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  • Kieron Casey
  • 10-16-18

The Stupid Person's Idea of a Smart Book

30% of this book is "I don't like seeing brown people", the remaining 70% is "...and the elites say we're racist just because we're open white supremacists!"

It's genuinely bizarre how long this whiny book is stretched out for. The single intellectual idea in here is "white people are being Replaced in Europe, so we need to purge all the Muslims". Of course, as with many people who aspire to respectable status, Murray never states how he intends (or would like) to do this.

The only part which stirred me from catatonia whilst listening to this terrible, turgid tome was the unintentionally hilarious bit where Murray ponders why there aren't more governmental, centrally planned, incentives created to get white people DTF. Big fan of Murray joining Jordan Peterson in the small group of Christian conservatives who think the state should be small and remain outside of individual's lives - except when it comes to enforcing women to mate with men regularly.

Unless I drifted off at the appropriate point too, Murray makes ahistorical claims about Islam never previously having been a part of Europe. It'd have been inconvenient to include the 9 centuries following the Umayyad conquest of Hispania.

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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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  • Wras
  • 05-22-17

Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.

Seneca

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 is racist if you accuse someone of being a monster because of the colour of their skin even if you accuse yourself, but also it is a and insult to the humanity of others a distortion of history and ignorance of facts and reality. So it is with great pleasure that I recommend this book to all, it will unveil the self-haters and the new despots and tyrants they are setting about to destroy centuries of civilisation and learning to flagellate their ignorant fantasy of superior evil to satisfy a masochistic need that will impoverish the world of one of the most benevolent societies ever to have arisen in history ( even with all its imperfections ).

This is the warning that if ignored will lead us to one more cycle of dark ages that we may never return from, this is not a hysterical account but a numerical reality that it is about to tip over and destroy the world of our children.

Have you asked yourself why we are told we have over population in the world but we need more people to sustain our society?

Are you happy to give up your rights not to offend religious sensitivities?

Do you want to live in a society where sectarian religious violence is the norm?

If any of this questions have disturbed you please read this book and inform yourself and if after reading it you do not agree at least you will see what the others are worried about.

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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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  • Fipzee
  • 03-20-18

Written with all the objectivity of a right wing tabloid

This book’s selective use of facts and incidents lacks objectivity or contextualisation. For example it uses opinion poles to demonstrate that a majority of the British public believe immigration has been bad for the country and then fails to explore objectively if that is valid and if not why governments have failed to win that argument or why the British public consistently overestimate the levels of immigration. The author doesn’t explore what would have happened without immigration. There are important debates to be had about government investment and policy to aid integration so that we may learn from mistakes. This book is not that and I as an objective European who believes that society, values, identity and diversity can coexist and evolve am clearly not the target audience.

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  • battle
  • 05-13-17

A must read for all Europeans

Douglas's book is a frank and honest account of the smoke and mirrors of the immigration policy in Europe and its effects. It will hated by many but it's pragmatic truth should foster debate and should get people to ask what kind of Europe do we want us and our children to live in. Superbly written, a great if not a depressing read.

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  • Claire
  • 05-05-17

Impossible to Ignore

A dark yet stirring portrait of a continent and its cultures in decline.
Murray's thesis on the cause Europe's "suicide" hinges on twin assertions. First, that unprecedented mass migration into Western Europe is rapidly altering the societies of the host countries. Second, that Europe is exhausted and thus unwilling to stand up for itself.

Murray has been sounding the alarm for years. Now, it seems, the time has come when we can no longer be deaf to it.

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  • JDEVLIN
  • 07-17-17

Very informative

A very informative account of the EU it's origins and the story and motivations behind it. Our politicians of ALL sides have a lot to answer for

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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