- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (September 11, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0767920058
- ISBN-13: 978-0767920056
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“Bruce Bawer reveals how self-acclaimed European morality proves abjectly amoral in its appeasement of radical Islamic anti-Semitism, homophobia, gender apartheid, and religious intolerance. A sensitive and sober portrait of an increasingly insensitive and reckless continent.”
—Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and author of Carnage and Culture and An Autumn of War
“An honest and engaging account of a problem which, if left unaddressed, could engulf Europe in conflict. Europeans would do well to heed Mr. Bawer's advice and open their eyes.”
—Abraham H. Foxman, National Director, Anti-Defamation League; author, Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism
“Bawer paints an alarming picture of a continent in deep trouble and deeper denial—but now, perhaps, on the verge of waking up. Some books are merely important. This one is necessary.”
—Jonathan Rauch, senior writer and columnist for National Journal magazine in Washington and a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly
“Bruce Bawer has produced a book that is at once riveting, disturbing, fascinating, chilling, and shocking. It is required reading for anyone who wants to understand how militant Islam has insinuated itself into the heart of the West.”
—Steven Emerson, Executive Director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism and author of American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Amongst Us
“Bruce Bawer brings an American’s sensibilities and a writer’s insights to bear on the insistence by West Europeans that they really do not have a Muslim problem. Backed by deep research and wide personal experience, he argues that this blind denial is leading the continent to certain disaster. Bawer makes his case moderately but eloquently and powerfully. Will Europeans heed his warning?”
—Daniel Pipes, Director, Middle East Forum
“Bawer punctures the moral pretensions of our ‘betters’ in the Old World. Their supine acceptance of the Muslim oppression of women, their flatulent anti-Americanism, their renewed anti-Semitism—all are fully documented. There is something memorable on every page. Bawer writes with intelligence and passion. A fascinating analysis of Europe’s death spiral.”
—Mona Charen, syndicated columnist and author of Useful Idiots
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Bruce Bawer has lived in Europe since 1999. WHILE EUROPE SLEPT is his enlightening and disturbing report on anti-American and anti-Israeli sentiment in Europe and on the egregious failure of European liberals to confront Islamic extremism in their own countries. Traveling to major cities and talking with people in trains, cafes, restaurants, and on street corners, Bawer came face-to-face with the peculiar mix of moralistic smugness and abysmal ignorance that feeds the rising tide of hatred toward the United States. He found, as well, a widespread refusal to grapple with problems caused by a growing Islamic presence in Europe-from the violation of immigration laws to appalling incidents of honor killings to horrific acts of terrorism, including the assassination of a prominent Dutch politician and the March 2003 bombing in Madrid.
Bawer warns that Europe can no longer ignore the clash of civilizations raging on its own territory and around the world. Failure to recognize the problems and react quickly, he predicts, will lead to a virulent right-wing nationalism of a kind not seen since the 1930s.
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Mr. Bawer's opinions evolved as the book went on. He is not a right wing conservative who identified a subject he wanted to write about; rather, he was an American who was unhappy with some of the aspects of his country and thought he had discovered a paradise in Europe (specifically Amsterdam) and moved there, only to find Europe was changing. His book details his thoughts of how the paradise he loved was rapidly disappearing through the refusal of the continent's inhabitants to prevent its mutation.
The book is broken into three large chapters, the final chapter dealing specifically with the subject of radical Islam and how it is destroying the fabric of European life. The first two chapters are written in a stream of consciousness style, as the author wanders from one subject to another and then back again. Much of these first two chapters deal more with the author's evolving opinions (my impression, not the author actively stating this). However, while I would have preferred the facts to be presented in a different manner, I could not stop reading. Mr. Bawer went into great detail on how Europeans think, which helped greatly to explain some of their views concerning America as well as why many of them are ignoring the danger they are facing from radical Islam.
The author takes great pains to separate moderate Muslims from radical Islamists and paints a fair picture of everyone involved, pulling no punches when he feels that politicians or activists are out of line or misrepresenting (or ignoring) the facts. Even though this book was written ten years ago, much of it is still informative and serves as a warning concerning events that are still happening in today's world.
This book is well-written and makes a convincing argument for not admitting Muslims into democratic countries. Islamic mentality is not country and democracy first but rather Islam first. I've never talked to a Muslim who didn't believe that Islam would one day rule the world and didn't want it to be so. Muslims are ruining free democracies. Every time I go to the airport, I think to myself: wow, we have to go through all this nonsense BECAUSE of Muslims. They are the ones reeking havoc all over the world. Islam is destroying the free world bit by bit and this book gives specific examples. When my 5 year old son started saying 'I hate the Jews' as taught by his Daddy, I realized how this hatred of Jews and Americans begins. My closest friend (devout Muslim) who is from Pakistan freely criticizes America while benefiting from all that it has to offer. I told her one day that she should go back to her country if she didn't like the United States. She is the typical Muslim, taking advantage of our freedoms while putting down the nation that gives her those freedoms.
Bruce has written an important book that should be read by all who believe in freedom and democracy. One day it may be necessary for him to write a similar book: While the United States Slept. It's just a matter of time. When Hillary Clinton describes Islam as a 'great' religion, you know that if she is that ignorant, most Americans are as well and therein lies the problem!