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5.0 out of 5 stars An apocalyptic vision to which attention must be paid
To state first things first: America Alone has got to be the most important book published in a generation.
It sets forth--through compelling argument and exhaustive detail--a chilling scenario of an inexorable, Islamist supplanting of the Western world (save, perhaps, of America alone) by a demographic and ideological tsunami that will lead to "a long Arabian...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrendous claptrap
A ridiculous book. A hodgepodge of barely coherent sentences adding up to a Manichean screed that can be summed up as follows: "America is great. Everyone else is stupid." Steyn is particularly ludicrous in his criticism of Robert Fisk (one of the most highly decorated journalists in the world) whom he describes as being "almost always wrong." Of course, no details are...
Published on Oct 27 2008 by Skeptic Critic
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An apocalyptic vision to which attention must be paid,
This review is from: America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It (Hardcover)To state first things first: America Alone has got to be the most important book published in a generation.
It sets forth--through compelling argument and exhaustive detail--a chilling scenario of an inexorable, Islamist supplanting of the Western world (save, perhaps, of America alone) by a demographic and ideological tsunami that will lead to "a long Arabian Night" comparable to the Dark Ages.
Despite its singular excellence and its importance to the Western world, America Alone apparently has been under-reviewed in the media. Well, the West ignores the message of this book at its grievous peril--which very likely is precisely what it's doing, given the incredible degree to which the Islamic imams are being accommodated and appeased these days, in Europe especially.
Whether Steyn proves to be the voice who finally wakes the soft, self-indulgent West from its slumber or a modern-day Cassandra whom few pay attention to remains to be seen. (But anyone with any familiarity with contemporary Euro-think already knows what the favoured response will be.)
Mark Steyn ought to be given some sort of Nobel Prize. But, again, so deep is the blinding, jealousy-born hatred of the United States in Europe that such an idea would be risible Over There. As many have pointed out, Steyn somehow manages to lay down his apocalyptic vision with hilarious word play and ribaldry, but his vision is apocalyptic nevertheless and attention must be paid.
90 of 97 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read, with a few minor problems,
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This review is from: America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It (Hardcover)America Alone is a wonderful book. One that should be widely read. There are a number of points made in the book that are quite important and unique.
Mark Steyn doesn't believe demographics can explain everything. But he thinks it can explain a good 90%, and he makes a pretty strong case for it.
The facts are that the birthrates in most of the western world are well below replacement rates, while the birthrates in most of the Middle East are well above. This fact, coupled with increasing rates if immigration to the west from parts of the world where the general population is quite antithetical to western values (freedom, democracy etc.) will inevitably lead to confrontation.
2. Cultural confidence
In the west, multiculturalism is law. Literally. It is the sacred cow of the elite that no one dares question. Well, except perhaps Mark Steyn and a few others.
The basic point made in America Alone is that in a clash of cultures where one is self confident and aggressive while the other is self-abasing and passive, odds are on the former. Regardless of what technological and economic advantages the latter may have.
These are very strong points. One may certainly disagree with them (as I do, in many ways) but one can't argue that they are not worth discussing, and this book is a great addition to the debate.
That being said, there are also a few things about the book I found quite irritating.
It seems as though the majority of the book was taken verbatim from Steyn's old columns. If you have been a close reader of his work in the last few years, you will find almost no new content here, and certainly no new ideas. Everything that Steyn says in this book, he has already said (many times) in his columns.
It's the demographics. Russia has a 1.1 fertility rate. America has 2.1. It's the demographics. Russia is dying. America has a chance. Russia has a 1.1 fertility rate. It's the demographics. America has a 2.1 fertility rate.
We get it!!!
Some statistics are quite literally repeated a dozen times throughout the book. It becomes almost unbearable at times, when you're reading the same point being made ad nauseum.
If you're going to play statistician, at least make a serious go at it. Many of the statistics cited in this book are plucked out at random and never explored beyond the superficial level. I'm not saying it's necessary to spend 50 pages on analysis, but if you're making a serious claim like the notion that no culture has ever recovered from a fertility rate below 1.3 children per woman, you might want to spend more than two sentences talking about it. How about addressing some of the more common objections, and exploring why this is the case?
In any case, the above are fairly minor objections, in comparison to all that is good about this book. Overall this book was a great read and is highly recommended.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars America is facing a life-and-death struggle.,
This review is from: America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It (Hardcover)In Mark Steyn's new book: America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, he argues that there will soon be a conflict between the U.S. and the rest of the world. European and Islamic anti-Americanism, Mark Steyn says, threatens to leave us isolated in the world: the global situation is rapidly reaching a point at which America will have to confront the enemies of civilization without help from anyone else. And when the world is divided between America and the rest, all those who don't want to see the world plunge into a new Dark Age should pray that America wins. Mark Steyn provides a well-thought out argument to just how bad things are likely to get, and what we must do now to ensure that our children and live in freedom. Mark presents a great deal of insight, below are a few:
* The likely outcome of today's global situation, in which Islam is militarily weak but ideologically confident -- while the West is militarily strong but ideologically insecure,
* The correlation between the structural weaknesses of the social-democratic state and the rise of a globalized Islam.
* How the terrorist attacks in Madrid in 2004 and London in 2005 - along with other events such as the murder of Theo van Gogh -- were the opening shots of a European civil war.
* The little-noticed reason why America's European allies failed to grasp the significance of September 11.
* How oil isn't the principal Saudi export, Islamic jihad ideology is -- and our oil money bankrolls its spread.
* Why it is so important for Americans and others who want their families to enjoy the blessings of life in a free society to understand that the life we've led since 1945 in the Western world is very rare in human history.
Much of the Westernized world will not survive the twenty-first century, and much of it will effectively disappear within our lifetimes--including most European countries. In Mark Steyn's America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, he shows how this process is already advanced, and explains that whether we like the New Order in Europe and the world depends on whether America can summon the will to shape at least part of the emerging global picture. If not, well ...
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The REAL "tipping point",
This review is from: America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It (Hardcover)Mr. Steyn has a way of using humour to slice through the fog created by the self-annointed guides of civilization. His well-researched commentary shows trends that will, even if not precicely as Mr. Steyn suggests, loom largely in the next generation or two. Long after carbon credits become the next "pet rock" of the history books, the demographic picture illuminated by Mr. Steyn may indeed become the conventional wisdom. Mr. Steyn suggests that if the Western culture stems the tide of its own self-hatred, the demographic "tipping point" may yet be avoided. I'm not sure I see a case for optimism.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Steyn simply rocks,
This review is from: America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It (Paperback)I bought this book after Macleans magazine was brought before the Ontario Human Rights Commission. I would therefore like to thank the litigants for introducing me to Mark Steyn.
The book is often criticized as being anti-Islamic. I came away with the impression that it is a critique of the "West" and it's weak-kneed response to some of the more unacceptable practices that some immigrants bring with them and try to implement in Western countries.
Before you dismiss this book as the ravings of a "flagrantly islamophobic" "Right Wing Blowhard," know this: there are many immigrants and/or Muslims who agree with him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easily One of the Best Books of the Decade,
This review is from: America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It (Hardcover)It's rare that something this good comes along. This book has garnered a lot of reviews so I won't get into details as to why my opinion largely mirrors that of the Books in Canada reviewer. If you think the world has bigger problems than global warming then this book is for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars great condition, fast delivery,
This review is from: America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It (Hardcover)i've received the book in a excellent condition, it was a quick delivery. i would recommend this seller to anyone!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wakeup Call for America,
This review is from: America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It (Hardcover)There are some alarming trends in western culture that led author and journalist Mark Steyn to issue a wakeup call to America. Whether you agree or disagree, Steyn's points should not be ignored.
Put briefly, Steyn believes that the western world in particular, and the world as a whole is at risk of being dominated by islamic culture, religion, and politics within just a few generations. His reasoning springs from an analysis of the demographic data, naive multiculturalism, and political correctness trends within western liberal democratic nations ' particularly Europe.
Demographics ' The birth rates of Western European countries have fallen well below the sustainable society rate of 2.1 births per woman. Some of these countries like France, Italy, Germany, and Spain range from a rate of 1.1 -1.3 births. So what does this mean? It means that these big government socialist countries will not be able to sustain their welfare state in the near future, since no one will be around to pay for these luxuries. Enter into this equation their need for immigrants, mostly from muslim background, their very high birth rates, and their hatred for all infidels, Europe will soon be known as Eurabia.
Naive Multiculturalism ' It's ironic that those most committed to multiculturalism will be some of the first infidels to have their religious and individual liberties stripped away from them once Islamic Sharia law takes hold in a democratic majority. Those quickest to speak of Islam as 'a beautiful religion of peace' will be perplexed by the brutality of such a government. Once there is an Islamic majority, how do you think feminists, gays and lesbians, and others of an alternative lifestyle will be treated? Islam will play the victim card whenever possible in the West, while at the same time spouting a blatantly racist and exclusivist agenda against infidels.
Political Correctness ' The spirit of our age is one of unprecedented political correctness ' and it will be the death of us if we don't respond with a logical force of thought and public engagement.
The only hope for Western civilization, as Steyn sees it (a Canadian by the way), is for America to respond and return to the ideology and fortitude that first made America a super power. But even here, the trending signs are not encouraging' take for example Barrack Obama's 'Apology to the World' tour. This does not make Islamist view the infidels of America in a more favorable light. Rather, in the Islamic mind, actions like these shout weakness and opportunities for more victories by terrorists.
4.0 out of 5 stars A warning to supporters of the Western civilization,
This review is from: America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It (Paperback)This book is a shocking and disturbing description of how European liberal democracies are doomed to die as their citizens attached to Judeo-christian values haven't understood the importance of demographic growth, contrary to the supporters of Islamo-fascism who have used the bellies of their enslaved women to win the war against the Western civilization.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth Is Out There,
This review is from: America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It (Hardcover)When I purchase and read the latest copy of The Western Standard, which is a Canadian conservative (yes, there is such a thing!) news magazine, the first article I always turn to is the column by Mark Steyn. For this reason, I purchased a copy of America Alone. As usual, Mr. Steyn brings to the readers attention the details that the politically correct mainstream media refuses to report. This book should be a compulsory read for all citizens of voting age in the Western democracies. Whether or not the book would open the eyes of a populace that has been fed a steady of diet of moral relativism/root cause/moral equivalance/multiculturalism by our self hating Leftist establishment would be interesting to find out.
Alas, Europe is now very likely a lost cause. Steyn's anology of the neutron bomb is right on the money; Europe within a generation or two will still have it's historic buildings and landmarks, but there just won't be any people with enlightened Western Christian based values living there. They will have been replaced by Muslims living under Sharia Law. Once that has happened, it remains to be seen whether or not the United States can survive in a Muslim dominated world bent on the destruction of The Great Satan.
The final irony is that Liberals who are so tolerant of everything will in the end find themselves living under the most intolerant religious political system ever devised.
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