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The brilliant and provocative new book from one of the world’s foremost political writers.

The anti-Western revisionists have been out in force in recent years. It is high time that we revise them in turn....

In The War on the West, international best-selling author Douglas Murray asks: if the history of humankind is a history of slavery, conquest, prejudice, genocide and exploitation, why are only Western nations taking the blame for it?

It’s become, he explains, perfectly acceptable to celebrate the contributions of non-Western cultures, but discussing their flaws and crimes is called hate speech. What’s more it has become acceptable to discuss the flaws and crimes of Western culture, but celebrating their contributions is also called hate speech. Some of this is a much-needed reckoning; however, some of it is part of a larger international attack on reason, democracy, science, progress—and the citizens of the West by dishonest scholars, hatemongers, hostile nations and human rights abusers hoping to distract from their ongoing villainy.

In The War on the West, Douglas Murray shows how many well-meaning people have been lured into protests and polarisation by such lies and hypocrisy. A blistering and important polemic, Murray’s latest book carefully and methodically shows how far political discourse has strayed in Europe and America from its stated goals: justice and equality. Propelled by an incisive deconstruction of inconsistent arguments and activism, towards a clarion call for the defence of enlightenment values, The War on the West is one of the most important books for a generation, cementing Murray as one of the world’s foremost political writers.

©2022 Douglas Murray (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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In the land of the blind …

Finally, Douglas Murray has released a new book. Having listened to his previous works (The Madness of Crowds, The Strange Death of Europe), I have been eagerly anticipating his next reflection on the modern state of play.

Some of the events of recent years have had me scratching my head, (such as Germaine Greer being no platformed). This book provides the intellectual lubrication necessary to un-grind my gears.

‘The Author of This Work’ takes us on a tour through the riots, protests and the cultural speak of the last few years; focusing almost exclusively on events in the UK and America. Counter to the media message being pumped out, ‘the west must collectively sigh in shame’; this book makes a counter statement that we should respect the achievements of our society and, where possible, build on them.

Without repeating himself it is a perfect addition to his body of work. His three books, that I’ve listened to, all look at how our current society is being irreversibly vandalised, largely, from within. Each of his works deconstructs the myths that have been created around these new paradigms, then proceeds to skewer them and drag their creators into the light.

Instead of providing answers this is more a guide in what to look out for and how to counter some of the more spurious arguments of those who are seeking to redefine our society and create an entirely new paradigm.

Thankfully he is narrating again, Douglas Murray’s voice has a reassuring quality that falls somewhere between Rik Mayall and David Attenborough, it would not be out of place narrating a children’s book. If you’re listening to your books and not reading them then this is the kind of voice you’ll probably enjoy.

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Possibly the most important book of the century.

A must for anyone living in the West today. We need to come together if we're to avoid an ugly future and that effort needs to be made from both sides.

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Superb

Very important book with well researched and balanced arguments the first must read / listen of 2022

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This is excellent

I did not think he could top his previous two books but he has! This is a brilliant , beautifully written critique of critical race theory, anti-white racism and the self-flagellation that only goes on in the West. And even though I felt angry quite a few times while listening, he writes with such an incisive wit, that I also had a few laughs as well.

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Enlightning about the warped narrative of the West

Fact filled, funny, tragic and empowering.
Narrated by the author himself who is a pleasure to listen to.

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“Luck is a product of design”.

Douglas’ arguments and conclusions are excellently researched and stylishly presented as ever.

Yet again he picks apart the assertions of the modern day detractors of all we hold dear in The West.
I always knew that western society have always had to contend with an enemy within working against it. Douglas really drives home just how serious this ‘omnipresent and myopic hatred’ from the modern left actually is and just how convenient this is to our enemies in the CCP.

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Douglas Murray for PM

I was minded to think much of this book before I read it, as usual Murray has surpassed my expectations.
The conclusion sums it up for me and I shan't spoil anything here.
I am minded to think that the west needs to pursue an aggressive isolationist stance now. As much as the conclusion wishes for a world of peaceful understanding and acceptance, the chapters before have highlighted in words what I feel already far too well.
We are beset with bad faith actors, entities, countries and continents.

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Brilliant

Brings clarity to strange times. Excellently read, challenging and funny at times. Brilliant, many thanks.

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One of the big issues of our times

A great read/Listen. Fantastic that Douglas does his own narrating. he identifies and explains a terrifying sustained assault on our culture and Western values.

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Man Shouts at Clouds Would Be More Accurate

Purchased this on a whim. Unfortunately, I only listened to the first part as I found myself rolling my eyes often I worried I'd need to visit the optician's.

This is not a critical discussion and focusses heavily on one writer's unfounded nightmares. He fails to support his views and spends the majority of his word count on conjuring up imagined fears.

Murray has failed to convince me that Western Civilisation is on the decline; in fact, much of the world's cultures are increasingly exposed to the thought of Western tradition (international relations is based upon the Westphalian model of the state for crying out loud). If anything, the Western civilisation is safer than it has ever been. I wonder if Murray is greiving the irrelevance of Fukuyama's predictions in The End of History?

This book is a boorish rant at best and a potential weapon for the far right at worst.

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  • 09-06-22

Clear, understandable and enlightening.

My need for arguments against political correctness, CRT and woke craziness finds a great resource here. While a lot of it is based on things happening mainly in the USA, it clearly is being copied in other western countries and so makes this work broadly applicable to anyone wondering if this is the end of the line for the West. Spoiler alert: it is not.
Douglas has a pleasant voice , the production of this audio book benefits from it.
If you think or even worry about the ideological contest in the world now, this book comes highly recommended.

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  • C. Brink
  • 13-07-22

Brutally honest account of today’s culture wars

Douglas Murray is by far one of the best political journalists (if not the best) of our time. If you are looking for an eloquently and honest account that tells it like it is, this is the book to read! Well researched and wonderfully written.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-22

Powerful Analysis of the Culture Wars

This is a devastating indictment on the resentful, vengeful, and blinkered culture war being waged on Western civilization. An erudite analysis of what's at stake in the culture wars and an elegant, yet devastating, exposition of the dishonesty, double standards and pettiness of the woke cultural forces at play.

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  • Rob
  • 22-06-22

Will be a classic

Free society navigating into the future through introspection such as this woke wave usually finds the optimal path. Without introspection the path is blind

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  • J. Pietersen
  • 11-06-22

The Woke Exposed

Well researched and argued, with an impressive reach, as Murray's books tend to be. One can only hope that today's reverse racism will be a passing phase in our civilization's development, though it's legacy will surely taint our progress for years to come.

My only reservation about the book is that the writing and reading styles are rather melodramatic, but this is a subjective view.

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  • Harry P Flashman
  • 30-05-22

Clear, comprehenisve, and encouraging

Murray's work and effort in enunciating the frustration many people feel is wonderful. it is a piece of thought that will, in years to come, be seen as one of the first serious intellectual push back on the inhuman, politics, and bigotry cloaked in the pretense of justice.

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  • Erik Weyer
  • 28-05-22

Facts do not care about your feelings

Douglas Murray is spot on in this, showing the hypocrisies of the idiotic woke group

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  • Roman
  • 27-05-22

Phenomenal, again

Murray is, without a doubt, one of the greatest minds alive today, publishing masterpiece after masterpiece.

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  • Matthew Jonker
  • 22-05-22

Just brilliant

Murray effortlessly encapsulates the beauty and promise of western values. Well worth the purchase.

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  • Tim Pillar
  • 14-05-22

This a must read .

If you find the current (2022) political landscape confusing, let Douglas Murray help you put it into perspective.