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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: RVP Publishers (September 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1614122024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1614122029
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.3 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"David P. Goldman's 'Spengler' columns provide more insight than the CIA, MI6, and the Mossad combined.” -- Herbert E. Meyer, Special Assistant to the CIA Director and as Vice Chairman of the CIA's National Intelligence Council, Reagan Administration

About the Author

David P. Goldman (Spengler) is an American-born polymath-music theorist, financial analyst, literary critic, historian, and geopolitical strategist-and the author of one of the most widely read columns on the Internet.

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This book makes fascinating reading.
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Even when I disagreed with the author--which was infrequent--the arguments were still well made and entertaining.
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You could hardly read five pages in this book without "noticing" that!
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By F. Rosenzweig Lives on October 31, 2011
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I have been an avid reader of Spengler's essays for years. I just ordered this compendium, but I daresay that one will find in this work Spengler's socio-politico-historical "theory of everything" -- a veritable unified field theory for political scientists. A good precis of this comprehensive theory can be found in the October 28, 2003 essay by Spengler entitled "Mahathir is right: Jews do rule the world", which is archived in the Asia Times Online website.

This Spenglerian worldview will invariably explain the who, what, where, how and why of world geopolitics and the pluses and minuses of American geostrategy with regard to the big, bad world out there on almost any issue of world affairs and current events.

Very few analysts have the breadth, depth and real-world experience of David P. Goldman aka Spengler. Spengler gives you deep analysis, meta-analysis that is extremely hard to come by on all sides of the political spectrum. He delivers this analysis in a compelling sui generis style, laced with his unique sense of humor.

Beware, Spengler is no low-brow or middle-brow essayist. He is very high-brow, both stylistically and content-wise. I often have to read and re-read his essays several times to wrap my mind around his editorial output. But it has been worth it. Spengler knows his history, economics (he is a trained economist), foreign cultures (he speaks some half dozen languages fluently), religion and theology (he did a stint as an editor of the prestigious religous journal First Things), not to mention philosophy (he is no fan)--he is a true polymath in our brave new world increasingly dominated by pols and pundits who are soi-dissant experts, the definition of which, by the way, is one who knows more and more about less and less until he knows everything about nothing.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By luckytown on October 17, 2011
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Classically educated look at civilizations and their demise. Including yours & mine. More macro level thinking than most Americans ever indulge in. Always thought provoking & witty to boot. His (mostly) weekly column on Asia Times is one I have read for years with as much joy as Hitchens on Slate or Wieseltier on TNR - the deeply thoughtful / witty sort of dialogue.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Puterbaugh on November 21, 2011
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David Goldman is probably one of the brightest men on the planet, and this book brings news that many people are going to find disturbing and unwelcome.

His major thesis is hardly a secret: societies and people which are religious are the ones having children these days, while the liberated atheists are not. If a society is not having children, naturally, it will soon be nothing but a memory --- and not even that for long.

I should stress that this is not Goldman's crackpot theory: it is backed up by plenty of data and many different population studies. The facts have even spawned one book which was desperately worried that the U.S. was going to turn into a fundamentalist theme park.

This discovery is hardly welcome in "enlightened" circles. They had it all figured out: religion was the enemy, and once society got rid of the enemy, peace and love would break out on all sides. They were satisfied to "prove" to themselves that God did not exist, and they fancied themselves brave enough to live with the resulting ideas: that a man's individual life was a matter of pure chance, that his life was of no importance at all to the universe, and that his death would wipe him out forever. Maybe these men were brave enough to live with such a view of the universe, but apparently most men were not. The result is something never seen before in human history: prosperous, educated, "trouble-free" societies which are committing slow-motion suicide. The most obvious example is Europe, but another, surprising, example is the Muslim world, in particular Iran.

But is this all just a rehash of Goldman's other book, "How Civilizations Die"? Fortunately, not at all.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Bowyer on January 18, 2012
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I read the book within a week and then gave it to my wife to read, pointing her towards his groundbreaking chapter on music theory. Then I arranged to interview him on my radio program. I highly recomend this book on the demographic insights alone: the theological, literary, economic and musical insights are added benefits. Why does our educational system form so few minds like this one? Hyperspecialization.
Review by Jerry Bowyer on Jerry/Susan Bowyer joint account.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Remco D. Van Santen on February 25, 2012
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I read David Goldman's essays regularly and have a profound respect for the author and bought this book with high expectations. Yes there are indeed the very incisive parts like the projections on populations, the inevitable comparisons of jew, christian and muslim and excellent perspectives on economics. But why the chapters on topics like art and music in the context of the title and the predominant theme of the book? The book presents more like a collection of essays loosely connected by the title.
All that said, a worthwhile read but I can also read the authors essays on the Internet, a bite at a time and not feel guilty on skipping the chapters on art etc. That said, I did learn a bit about the Spanish Inquisition, horror movies and music construction.
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