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The Madness of Crowds

Gender, Race and Identity
Narrated by: Douglas Murray
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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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Thank you for attacking these subjects Douglas.

If Douglas wasn't gay then he might be attacked for even contemplating some of these subjects. Being a white 'privileged'' male & not Trans, no doubt there will be plenty of other accusations. To those potential accusers, I recommend they read the book in it's entirety. "A brave assault on those that seem to find meaning by ranting on social media"

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Oh Douglas :')

The book this world needs.
Never laughed while being angered and frustrated by the content(world we live in)
Everyone should listen to this.

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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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Dead calm, riveting language, scalpel precision

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I immediately started listening to it all over again, wanting to savour every morsel. Douglas Murray's narration is beautiful to listen to, impeccably articulated.

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My first read of a Douglas Murray book

Tantalisingly controversial for a left leaner such as myself, but Mr. Murray presents his arguments carefully and at times, convincingly. Beautifully read (albeit a little snidely at times) and well written, this is a must read for woke inner city lefty Get Up blow ins and Sky News presenters, RWNJs and Murdoch aficionados alike. After a somewhat bleak litany of social ills he finishes the book thoughtfully leaving the reader feeling stimulated and contemplative, itching to get deep and meaningful at the next dinner party. Warning - you may hate him.

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Thought provoking and introspective

I found the book to be very Introspective and willing to ask difficult questions in search of understanding

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Canonical Work on Gender, Race and Identity.

Brilliant work. A must read for any curious or perplexed mind in the year 2020 and beyond.

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Brilliant

A brilliant look at the scary mob mentality that threatens Western Civilization. A pleasure to listen to his voice as well.

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A wonderfully thought provoking read

In a PC world where many topics simply cannot be discussed without ramifications there is no doubt the contents of this book will challenge and/or upset many. However it deals with very sensitive topics in a very logical and considered way. Douglas Murray has taken the emotion out of the equation and in doing so forced me to think about some of these topics in ways certainly I had not done before. I still have come away committed to the concept of D&I but feel I have a better appreciation of the complexity and contradictions surrounding many of the concepts. It’s a wonderful read/listen and if you are in the mood for something thought provoking then this is the book.

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A perceptive stroll thru the minefields of identiy

Douglas Murray has the intellect, fortitude and good manners to guide and reflect on how our modern society is engaged in ' eating itself' from within for reasons which will hard to explain to future generations. Is it affluenza in Western Societies or the loss of feeling that there is anything left to conquer, and we should apologise for everything that has gotten us to this point in the Western World?
Are we really so weak that we are going to allow Marxist doctrine a free pass to infiltrate and destroy from within without mounting a defence about why we have a superior culture which needs to be vigouresly defended?
This is an important book that informs, educates and proposes that it is not too late to defend and strengthen ' Civil Society' if we have the fortitude and bravery to want to do so....

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  • RBS
  • 03-12-2019

This book destroys WOKE MADNESS. Read it today.

I laughed more listening to this book than I have during many comedy shows. Frankly, Murray shows the Intersectional, Woke, blah-blah, academic-term-here movement to BE the comedy show. Social Justice Warriors should be questioned - they won't have facts - and then laughed at. The only way to reverse the madness.

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  • Wayne
  • 10-02-2020

Rebutting on SJW craziness!

Douglas Murray does a great job of taking on and destroying the madness of social justice warriors in THE MADNESS OF CROWDS. The final summarizing chapters are especially strong. Murray does a nice job of narrating his audio book.

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  • Kyle
  • 07-12-2019

Extremely Relevant

Douglas Murray makes a number of arguments that I wish I had been exposed to during college. I'm thankful to have had the chance to encounter them today!

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  • Nexus X Humectress
  • 07-12-2019

Eloquent Explication

If you get one book this year, this is the one. Tells how social justice is antisocial and fosters injustice.

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-2019

A luminous, honest and rational voice of our time

A necessary and vitally important message in a time of confusion. Tackling the highly infected, and inflated, topics around race, gender and sexuality, is not easy. Yet, Douglas Murray manages to do just this with wit, intelligence and eloquence. Occationally, there is a poetic veauty and humanness in his words that are really toyghing; a humbleness and wisdom so clearly lacking in the outrageous claims of today's social justice warriors.
This book is a must read for any sane person who, understandably, is feeling sad and perplexed at the weird and deranged shift in the conversation we have obswrved over the past decade. This book boosted my confidence in my ability to meet and engage in these complex issues with integrity of thought and heart.
Heartfelt thanks to Mr. Murray for his outstanding and genuinely brilliant work in this heavily mined field of views! May we all take inspiration from his example and dare speak truthfully in this time of confusion.

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  • M. Hocker
  • 02-12-2019

Excellent Analysis

Douglas Murray provides an excellent service in his analysis of where the West finds itself in this 2nd decade of the 21st century. The divisive and disastrous ideology behind identity politics is shown to require people to hold not only contradictory points of view simultaneously, but that the end result of such viewpoints will cause us to lose all forward progress that the West has attained thus far in the battle for human rights on every front, and that the whole direction of this Post Modern disaster is completely and utterly dimenting.

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  • Jeremy Ridgeway
  • 02-12-2019

An important book.

With this book, Douglas Murray asks the questions that I have asked myself over and over again. After the nullification of yet another human standard or the destruction of yet another formerly agreed upon universal truth, questions such as: What exactly are we (humanity) doing? Where are we going with this? Who will we be after this? And many more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-12-2019

Ends on a note of hope.

Douglas Murray is indeed a prolific author and commentator on the tribulations of the relationship modern social justice activism has developed with the populous. In this book he offers an insight to the listener into the world of that is constantly outraged. From the pitfalls of elite institutions of humanities in the west in their exercise of affirmative action to the modern activists cannibalizing and outcasting an older generation of activists.
Murray does offer a glimmer of hope at the end, one rooted the Christian traditions of the west.

Although Murray does a great job of jotting down the madness of the twitter verse and offers a sobering insight into the complexities of human sexuality, when it comes to the brewing madness of right-wing populist movements around the world and especially in Europe and America, he does what most politicians do - condemns it has a blot on the providence of the developed world and moves on. Maybe it’s too difficult or degrading a topic to broach for Murray’s genuine efforts to help any young person grow out of or navigate what he calls the trip wires of the social justice mine field and the real-world consequences one might have to face for stepping on them.

Although Murray’s performance is great and the book is wonderful to listen to, it does feel at times a tedious commentary on social media scandals, filibusters that Murray offers and the quite un-relatable schadenfreude on western academics and corporate diversity boards. Murray does end on a note of hope and positivity that really does make the book worth listening to and reading. Kudos to him for writing this book.

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  • James Bear
  • 26-10-2019

Impressions

Voice mpressions by Douglas Murray of both Nicki Minaj and Renée Zellwegger are top drawer!

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  • MR CHRIS BOWIE
  • 01-11-2019

Congratulations Douglas, a masterpiece.

This is required reading/listening for anyone interested in society, politics, or the media.

Douglas nails the hypocrisy of the SJW's in today's confused world, and asks very challenging and thought provoking questions of the listener. His section on the lack of forgiveness for example has been something I have been thinking on for days - he is absolutely right and has made me consider problems I had not thought about before. At turns through this, I have been angered by some of the historical abuses that Douglas documents, through to heartened that Douglas has raised these important topics in such a thorough, diligent and rational way, without excessive emotion nor rancour.

I also applaud Douglas's vocal performance. His nuanced delivery of irony is a remarkable picture of understatement, and all the more delicious for it. Furthermore, he has perfected the cadence of his speech: slow enough to allow the listener to properly consider and digest the sentence, without being so slow as to be boring.

I would urge anyone sitting on the fence about buying this to dive in and be prepared to be both angered and enlightened.

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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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  • martin
  • 24-10-2019

A breath of fresh air

I hope Douglas’ compassionate honestly allows people to start having the conversations they are having in private, in public.

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  • Luca Nicotra
  • 07-10-2019

Murray nails it

Murray goes to the heart of what's probably the defining set of issues of our time. Each chapter is dedicated to one of the key topics: gender, race, etc. He recounts how the moral force each of these issues carry with it has been appropriated and distorted by actors who have decided the purpose of political action is to sow discord rather than devise a way for all differences to exist togethet in as much harmony as can be achieved. Everyone speaking on these issues is going to have to be able to deal with the arguments he puts forward. Remarkable.

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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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-10-2019

Essential listening

Thanks Douglas, it was sobering to find out just how mad the world is becoming and why.

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  • Carol
  • 26-10-2019

great book

great to hear such eloquent common sense. Hi e reminds us that it isn't us who are out of step with the world.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-10-2019

Everyone should read

I have never said this about a book: should be required reading. The best book on this topic

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