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on September 15, 2017
Steyn nails it again in his summation of where America stands today as well as where it may be headed to in the very near future.
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
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VINE VOICEon November 24, 2008
Author Mark Steyn's "America Alone" provides a global construct in which the world is dependent on America for a future that honors human dignity and basic liberties. The rise in global Islamism represents a critical global threat. At issue is whether we have the will to get the job done. Other major powers do not. They have committed demographic suicide, created unsustainable welfare state models, and are too exhausted to be counted on.

Steyn says September 11, 2001, was not "the day everything changed," but the day that revealed how much had already changed. Islamic extremists are not fighting so that we can provide them with something. They are fighting to eliminate America and the West. We need to be shaken from our pre-occupation with elevating the secondary impulses (self-gratification) over the primary ones: national defense, self-reliance, family, and, most basic of all, reproductive activity.

Steyn offers a series of alternative responses to this global threat and rules all but "reforming Islam" unrealistic. His plan for reform places an emphasis on creating conditions which will increase the likelihood of Muslim reform including:
1. Supporting women's rights in the Muslim world.
2. Roll back ideological exports like Wahhabi, that radicalize Muslims.
3. Support economic and political liberty in the Muslim world.
4. End the Iranian Regime.
5. Strike militarily as needed.

"America Alone" will change the way you look at the world. Steyn argues we don't know who we are, we don't know the issues, and we still do not understand the nature of the enemy. We are the ones who are nuts. We have the better government, religion, and culture but our ideological insecurity is a weakness that becomes this particular enemy's strength. We must turn away from a culture that is suicidal. A suicide bomber is not a weak weapon against a culture intent on killing itself.
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on February 4, 2013
Mark Steyn is certainly one of the most worldly commentators of our time. If you weren't worried that the Muslims might actually WIN and impose Sharia law in the U.S., Mr. Steyn explains why you should be with blow-by-blow accounts of how the Muslims take over countries simply by immigrating and having children. Mr. Steyn shows how France anD England are already tittering on the brink of Sharia calamity and outlines what life in the U.S. might be like under Sharia law a hundred years from now. The military battles are just a distraction. If you don't want your grandchildren forced to give up their music, burn their books, and pay a tax for being non-believers, start by reading this book.
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on August 9, 2017
Great book, written awhile ago but still holds through today Simple theme, will to fight for what you believe

If not, western relativist multicultural values will lead to its collapse... Low population, low will versus higher birth rate of Muslim s in Europe can lead to losing those values by Democratic vote and institutional accommodation.. Leading
to loss of freedom slowly
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Well, I had to give this book one bonus star because anyone who can reference the Spongebob Squarepants Movie (p200) in a serious political book certainly has a perspective worth learning about.

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.
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on August 13, 2008
Mark Steyn is witty, snarky, rarely acidic, and always entertaining to read. However, America Alone is not entertainment. It's quite disturbing. From his description of Europe's swift demographic decline to his predictions of the rise of EUrabia due to the influx of Muslims to replace the dying cultures, he paints a pretty bleak picture of the future. Francis Fukuyama's "End of History" where liberal-democratic welfare states would be the Future of the World doesn't look like it's going to pan out as predicted.

As Steyn notes near the end, the book isn't about Islam, or the decline of the West, or terrorism, or any of the simple, trite soundbites that have been attributed to it. It's an argument for WILL, for the West to grow a spine, to reacquire our civilizational confidence. Lord Kenneth Clark in his BBC series "Civilization: A Personal View" said (and I paraphrase) that one of the most important feature of a civilization, if not the most, was confidence. Confidence that it will still be around next year, that it is worthwhile planting crops now, so they could be harvested next season. Confidence that soldiers won't suddenly appear on the horizon and destroy your farm. Confidence that an apple seed planted in your backyard will provide fruit for your grandchildren. That if you paint a fresco, the wall its on will still be standing in a century. That if you write a book, the language you use will still be understood half a millennia in the future. And that if you hauled stone for the great cathedral which had been building since before your father was born, and which your baby son might live to see completed if, the good Lord willing, he lived to be an old man; your efforts would be valued by subsequent generations stretching forward toward some unimaginably distant futurity. And above all, the self-confidence that you are part of something grander than yourself, something with roots in the past, and a glorious future of achievement ahead of it.

When the Romans lost that self confidence, when they began doubting their own purpose, they began to die.

Europe is, as Steyn illustrates, dying now from the lack of confidence, leaving only the U.S. to stand against an ideology that wants all the world to live under its crushing weight.

It's a book everyone should read.
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on January 7, 2011
I resisted reading this book for some time since I assumed it was about how great America is and how much the rest of the world sucks. In fact it is quite different. This book is more about how what we call the west is committing slow, actually not quite so slow in the big picture, suicide, via a demographic decline, and what the cultural underpinnings of that suicide are. Mr Steyn goes into how we have lost our faith in ourselves and, more importantly, our future. Different from the usual screeds Steyn provides a deep analysis of how we have lost the sense of what is unique and special in our cultural heritage. In addition he makes a string argument against allowing ourselves here in the US to divorce ourselves from the rest of the west and the danger that presents in the context of the struggle we find ourselves in vis a vis cultural threats to our existence. The opponent he present to our way of life is islamism, but he could have convincingly included the international left as well.

Overall this is a book well worth reading for the understanding of what what our values are, and why they are worth defending.
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on February 27, 2013
Let me start by disclosing that I'm a Mark Steyn fan. I've never read one of his books before this one; but have enjoyed his commentary when he has served as substitute host for absent radio personalities. I find Steyn to be hilariously funny and glib on the radio, so I was delighted that his "voice" really came through in his writing. Apart from that, his theme focuses on demography in the western world, and he keeps to that theme, avoiding the meandering and "side street" pitfalls to which some writers capitulate. It made it an easy read and easy to retain the content. Although the book is several years old, the ensuing years between its initial publication and now have proven him more correct in his ideas and predictions.
Good job, Mark. I'll be reading some more of your books soon.
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on May 18, 2017
Everybody should read this book, it is exactly what is happening on our planet. BOHICA!!!!!
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on September 19, 2009
This book is a must read for every American who believes in our founding father's intent for citizens to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as long as those same rights of others are not restricted and would like to keep America that way. The author makes a compellng case that the world's growing accomodation for extreme Islamists at their own expense has increasingly threatened all major democratic societies. Canada and Europe are already lost if one follows the authors arguments. America is the last hope for a free society; our leaders and citizens are generally unaware or are ignoring the danger around us that needs to be dealt with before America as we know it is lost as well. America has long stood for tolerance without forcing one's beliefs on another and must protect these virtues.
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