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AMERICA ALONE: The End of the World As We Know It Paperback – April 7, 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.
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 ?
This book is well worth your time if you're interested in what is arguably the biggest issue facing our world today, and our current debate on that topic would be much more fruitful if everyone were as up-front and honest as Steyn. This gets 5 stars easily.
And, it really is worth reading what Mark Steyn has to say in this book. This book is about a really big trend happening under the radar (both the sensationalism radar and the ideological radar) of the mainstream political correct media.
Essentially, what we might think was the "end of history" when the Soviet Union collapsed was no such thing. History just entered another phase. In the next phase, people with other world views are going to dramatically out breed the "Western World", and this is going to change the world.
Mark Steyn, with his clever and very readible style, introduces us to this trend and attempts to project it's consequences over the next century or so. It isn't pretty. The "post modern generation" is aptly named indeed, because "post modernism" may only last a single generation, to be replaced by the "re-primitivised generations" for a long time.
This is very sobering and scary to think about. I likely will not live to see this, but my grandchildren will. (Ironically, the huge numbers of westerners who have decided not to have children have no need to worry about what kind of world their children or grandchildren live in, and that's the problem.)
So, read this book and see some of tomorrow's headlines today. You won't be surprised when the next wave of immigrants is from Europe.
The one huge weakness of this book, and the reason I could not give it five stars, is the lack of a bibliography. There are lots of quotes with no references. It's like you just have to take Steyn's word for it. The subject matter covered in this book is way too important to publish without thorough referencing. Would this have been so difficult? All this information came from somewhere, and from reading the text it's possible to trace down some of it, but it still needs a bibliography.