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The Madness of Crowds

Gender, Race and Identity
Narrated by: Douglas Murray
Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Politics
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In his devastating new book The Madness of Crowds, Douglas Murray examines the 21st century’s most divisive issues: sexuality, gender, technology and race. He reveals the astonishing new culture wars playing out in our workplaces, universities, schools and homes in the names of social justice, identity politics and ‘intersectionality’.  

We are living through a postmodern era in which the grand narratives of religion and political ideology have collapsed. In their place have emerged a crusading desire to right perceived wrongs and a weaponisation of identity, both accelerated by the new forms of social and news media.

Narrow sets of interests now dominate the agenda as society becomes more and more tribal - and, as Murray shows, the casualties are mounting.   

Readers of all political persuasions cannot afford to ignore Murray’s masterfully argued and fiercely provocative book, in which he seeks to inject some sense into the discussion around this generation’s most complicated issues. 

He ends with an impassioned call for free speech, shared common values and sanity in an age of mass hysteria.

©2019 Douglas Murray (P)2019 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"Simply brilliant. Reading it to the end, I felt as though I’d just drawn my first full breath in years. At a moment of collective madness, there is nothing more refreshing - or, indeed, provocative - than sanity. (Sam Harris, author of five New York Times best-sellers and host of the Making Sense podcast)

"Whether one agrees with him or not, Douglas Murray is one of the most important public intellectuals today." (Bernard-Henri Lévy) 

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astute

Superb production. Douglas Murray is an extraordinarily gifted social commentator. Long may he reign over us.

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Courageous and brilliant

Murray is fair and charitable, and yet he doesn't pull any punches. It is an honest, rigorous and entertaining journey through the madness of our times.

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uncommon sense put beautifully

I feel better knowing people/thinkers like Douglas are in the world. for those who care about our society it is a must

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Brilliant

A breath of fresh air which clears the mind. Another amazing book from Douglas Murray.

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Finally some sense!

I absolutely loved this book and loved Douglass reading it to me! So refreshing. Bravo!

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Brilliant!

The crazy woke SJW’s are not going to like this but Murray may just be the clearest thinking British intellectual since Hitchens.

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A very thoughtful analysis

With wit and humour the author philosophisers our current political situation with what I would say ‘some incredible clarity’. I really enjoyed this book with his humour and clear grasp of reality that only a few authors can do in our time.

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This is the best document on the culture wars and identity politics. Murray is sardonic and ingenious. Couldn't turn it off.

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A book of the moment

As the books title suggests, the internet and social media have truely enabled what may have been minority views previously, to be broadcast far and wide. This has brought with it keyboard warriors who are emboldened to drive a specific PC culture gone mad, and call out those who aren’t towing the relevant tribal line of the moment.

The book does an excellent job of bringing up the most current egregious examples of, typically far left wing, “wokeness” gone mad.

For the uninitiated, this book would be particularly enlightening to see the hypocrisy, inconsistency, and absurdity of many of the positions held by social justice groups in the modern day. The book also continually highlights the dangers each of the various examples brings with it, were society to adopt the views whole cloth.

One area I would have loved to have seen more time dedicated to is what as a society are we to do about all this. Murray does a great job of carrying the reader along narratively, however only devotes a small portion to what we should do next. Considering how much of a problem this extreme PC culture is having today on many aspects of a persons daily life, it seems there is ample ground (and appetite) to explore more deeply how we could dig ourselves out of this mess.

I certainly enjoyed the book, and Murray’s oral performance was engaging. I’d recommend the book most to those who either don’t see the problem being as big as it seems, or those who have brushed up against the social justice narrative but are confused about what’s going on more broadly.

For those who have been engaged with the subject area, and may already listen to podcasts like Joe Rogan, Sam Harris, Ben Shapiro, Eric Weinstein (all mentioned in the book), you’ll find a lot of familiar ground. Even then though, I still enjoyed the way all of the issues were wrapped together as a whole, and some of the interesting inconsistencies Murray highlighted that I’d never considered.

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Confronting and uncomfortable... but that’s the point.

This book was full of discussions and concepts that are confronting, which is entirely the premise of it. All about how ideas are adopted and required to be accepted without the interrogation required to really validate if they’re the best ideas. It was a bit confronting at stages, largely due to asking the harder questions about certain topics that are in this day and age taboo to even say out loud. Definitely worth a listen to assist in framing the discomfort in how some topics are tackled these days. You may not agree with it all, but I think that’s the point.

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  • Justin J. Norman
  • 26-09-2019

An Urgent Read for Our Over-woke Times

An excellent and thoughtful critique of the pitfalls of social justice theory, identity politics, critical race theory, and intersectionality. Over the course of a decade, I've spent a lot of time in groups that would easily be described as "social justice groups", and I've experienced firsthand the sliding of these groups into unreasonableness and counterproductive behavior over the last few years. Douglas brings much-needed clarity to some of the most controversial social and political ideas of our time. I strongly recommend my fellow lefties give this a read and give Murray's analysis careful consideration. His performance on the audiobook is wonderful and entertaining.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-09-2019

Genius socio-political observations

best socio-political academia in decades articulated brilliantly. possibly the most important critique of our times, with solutions suggested . if you dont find this thoroughly captivating of interest, then you probably are part of the problems described here ;)

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  • Adam
  • 25-09-2019

Brilliant and required listening for all people

This book is the answer to the questioning and baffled minds of our time. Douglas' incisive and insightful commentary on our current situation, especially as regards the breach we may feel within our identity-obsessed branch of political and societal 'debate', has arrived not a minute too soon. Full marks for this book. Buy and listen now.

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  • Przemyslaw
  • 24-09-2019

Truly THE Madness

Beautiful observation of the madness of our early century that is taking our public sphere to hell.

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  • Nikolay Schitov
  • 19-09-2019

Foucauldian hell

This is a mad journey into Foucauldian-Marxist utopia that became reality. Brilliantly written book gives pleasure and concern in the same time.

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  • Dadius M
  • 04-10-2019

brilliant

this is a brilliant and cogent rejoinder to the madness of the "woke" crowd that's currently so popular. Murray's argument put forward in example after example, builds block by block until the reader is left with the conclusion that the fringe and obscenely loud radical left, need the sit down and shut the hell up. Murray is reasoned, measured, and articulate. his examples show how the woke crowd and their "academics" on the other hand, are not.

strongly recommend for the rest of us classical, moderate liberals who feel like the fringe of our party have too loud a speaker and too big a platform.

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  • Dave
  • 06-10-2019

Prescient

Douglas Murray methodically presents example after example of the shortcomings of contemporary dogmas. He has compiled the thinking and research of many academics who share similar concerns in a systematic way that I haven’t seen reproduced elsewhere.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-2019

most important book for the melenial generation

narrated by the author Douglas Murray, this is by far the most important book for our generation. having fallen for the comfort in consensus, Murray describes our Madness and most importantly suggests a way w might escape

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  • Ted
  • 02-10-2019

A Masterpiece About Madness

Douglas Murray's voice is, um, remarkable. It's a quickly acquired taste. I got over it fast and in fact discovered it was an idiosyncratic tunnel into author's complex mind. No one else could read this thesis more extraordinarily.

And what he examines is the liturgy of the Church of Social Justice (SJ). This is a doctrine which interlinks the congregations of a number of sophisticated sects like feminism, LGTBQ, and race, While each of these creeds are unique with high degrees of self interest and goals, Murray rolls out a depth of evidence to examine the emergence of these individual objectives, and their unique strategies and tactics.

From there Murray shows how SJ's developed then exploited common theological elements of each of their beliefs into into a single political movement. Murray's reasoning's tighter than an ICBM'a glide plan. It's probable that some will dismiss Murray's narrative as echoing stuff you already know. Well, duh.

Knowledge comes not from an awareness of an infinite number of unrelated facts.. That instead is the definition of hell. Knowledge comes from discovering the relationship among those facts in order to examine what they conclude. Murray's command of those relationships is his genius, which is what makes this book a masterpiece of revelation.

Even more importantly: Murray goes beyond the ways so many conservative writers merely whine over the (often creepy) way SJ warriors behave then leave us with the heavy lifting of developing defensive strategies... Instead, Murray proposes achievable critical paths toward defeating SJ invaders who are battling to force their doctrines upon us.



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  • Jacques
  • 23-09-2019

Great!

An excellent review of LGBT, race, and other issues.
Being read by Murray himself is the greatest treat.

I just wish the Audible version actually gave titles to the chapters.

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  • E. Gray
  • 20-09-2019

Fabulous listen!

Always love Douglas Murray’s writing - this book is as witty and fascinating as ever. Murray glides over the landmine topics of our time with the ease and grace of a swan. The clarity with which Murray thinks and speaks is exceptional and this book is an absolute *must-read* for all free thinking people.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-09-2019

Excellent

An excellent book, a rare sensible analysis of an increasingly mad world. I highly recommend.

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  • The Dark Knight
  • 29-09-2019

Thank you once again Mr Murray

Just buy it and listen....or read the book if you prefer.

A wonderful tour de force that pushes back and explains the current madness that exists in our society. As someone that works for a very large Government body, I have watched this madness spread like a virus, doing such harm in a relentless pursuit for good and hoping that all achieve goodthink ( once all achieve goodthink, the world will be a better place)........mmmmm.......i certainly wouldn’t be allowed to play this audiobook at work!

I would ask you Mr Murray to run for Prime Minster, but that Sir, would be a waste of your talents.

Have a break and we will all await your next tome.

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  • M Rayner
  • 29-09-2019

An interesting view on an increasing concern

Whether or not you agree with the author's view-point or arguments, you will at least come out the other end with a better understanding of what many see as a serious threat to free speech and debate.

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  • K A Johnston
  • 23-09-2019

Essential

This brilliant book explains how the madness of the intersectional left has exploded into everything and how it will destroy us all unless we take remedial a action now.

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  • Michael Sweeney
  • 23-09-2019

Life among the cuttlefish

A masterly exposition of the woke mindset. Murray skewers his deserving targets with forceful, elegant intensity.

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  • marc
  • 21-09-2019

Contemporary wisdom for the wary and the weary

It you ever find yourself scratching your head at the seemingly ludicrous ideas emerging from the progressive, "woke" left and are often exasperated by otherwise intelligent people spewing utterly vacuous, ideological drivel then this is the book for you.

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  • S. Evans
  • 22-09-2019

Essential

One of the clearest and most uncluttered accounts I've read of the madness which has gripped public life in recent years. I have been aware of many of the issues as they arose on social media but this is the best book I've seen attempting to diagnose the condition of which they are symptomatic.

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  • Mark
  • 22-09-2019

Superb!

A plain speaking guide to the absurd level identity politics is infecting every corner of our society. I fear Douglas will be under fire from those pias individuals who recognise themselves in this book, but someone needed to remark, in the interest of common sense, before our society is so cosseted, and "whatever doesn't kill us makes us weaker" is so axiomatic and entrenched that there is no way back.
Well done sir.

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  • Kris
  • 19-09-2019

Well Done Mr. Murray

Douglas as usual is crystal clear on current issue. It's ain't easy to expose the errors of backtracking and confused generation, but he did that once again.

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