- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Regnery Publishing (April 7, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1596985275
- ISBN-13: 978-1596985278
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AMERICA ALONE: The End of the World As We Know It Paperback – March 18, 2008
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It's the end of the world as we know it...
Someday soon, you might wake up to the call to prayer from a muezzin. Europeans already are. And liberals will still tell you that "diversity is our strength"--while Talibanic enforcers cruise Greenwich Village burning books and barber shops, the Supreme Court decides sharia law doesn't violate the "separation of church and state," and the Hollywood Left decides to give up on gay rights in favor of the much safer charms of polygamy. If you think this can't happen, you haven't been paying attention, as the hilarious, provocative, and brilliant Mark Steyn--the most popular conservative columnist in the English-speaking world--shows to devastating effect. The future, as Steyn shows, belongs to the fecund and the confident. And the Islamists are both, while the West is looking ever more like the ruins of a civilization. But America can survive, prosper, and defend its freedom only if it continues to believe in itself, in the sturdier virtues of self-reliance (not government), in the centrality of family, and in the conviction that our country really is the world's last best hope. Mark Steyn's America Alone is laugh-out-loud funny--but it will also change the way you look at the world.
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"Mark Steyn is a human sandblaster. This book provides a powerful, abrasive, high-velocity assault on encrusted layers of sugarcoating and whitewash over the threat of Islamic imperialism. Do we in the West have the will to prevail?" --Michelle Malkin, New York Times bestselling author of Unhinged
"Mark Steyn is the funniest writer now living. But don't be distracted by the brilliance of his jokes. They are the neon lights advertising a profound and sad insight: America is almost alone in resisting both the suicide of the West and the suicide bombing of radical Islamism." --John O'Sullivan, editor at large, National Review, and author of The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister
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Ardent leftists will, no doubt, give their full effort to dismantling the premise without actually attacking the argument, but I encourage anyone who cares about politics, religion, or international affairs to read this well-done book. Even if you spend the entire time trying to find holes in the argument, its still an enjoyable read.
If you're at all familiar with his humorous, sarcasm and tongue cheek speaking style in a British accent....you'll be able to hear that voice in every line he writes. Steyn is a very astute observer of our political condition, society and his welcome commentary on these subjects, with his own personal stamp, will not disappoint the reader. Plus.. he's easier to take than Coulter or Malkin! /grin
Unfortunately it's already a little dated, and things have gotten MUCH worse.
How much worse do they have to get before we wake up ?
The themes are bang on, as relevant today as ever before. It's also the stuff we do not want to hear. We want to believe that all of us are wrapped in the same silken covers. We will protect each other from the cold, and the wind and freezing rain. But with our Muslim brothers, that's not how they see it. We are not going to be co-survivors on a futuristic Noah's Ark.
Steyn does provide a roadmap on how to reform Islam from the inside. Most points are realistic, but not a single reform has occurred anywhere in the Islamic World.
The probabilities of reform did look good during the period of the 'Arab Spring', but Syria, ISIS & the weakness of the leaders of the USA and Europe towards the daily terror threats, have turned parts of the West into Police States. Rather than hearing stark responses from EU leaders on the nature of the problem, a million refugees have entered it's porous borders, with the EU providing succor to the next generation of jihadists from within their ranks.
We in the West seek to understand the meaning of life in an enlightened way, valuing all cultures as relevant to the human experience. Perhaps the continual dripping of innocents' blood, intrusions into our civilized, sane World, by callous and crippled savages, will lead us to reconsider our premises. If our argument on understanding the role of jihad can't stand the test of reason, then we are following the wrong premise.