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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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Brilliant - This is a must listen for all

I have for some years now been devouring histories of the West to better understand where the self loathing has been coming from... I agree with Murray.

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A triumph of reason.

As marvellous as it important, another phenomenonal contribution by one my generations boldest thinkers, a certified must read.

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A valuable and critical piece.

A very well thought out, studied, articulated and written work. Not just interesting and enjoyable, but I dare to say critical at this time and in time to come. A valuable resource for thought, reference and argument. Thank you Douglas.

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Emperor palatine with a sensible anti woke message

90% bang on. Very well researched, maybe touching a couple of lines but otherwise a solid indictment of modern woke culture.

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  • 24-05-2022

Brave and brilliant

The logic, reason and facts in this book are something everyone should be reminded of. Well done Douglas.

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Absolutely a must read addition to the culture war

Douglas Murray's The War on the West is a must read/listen for anyone interested in the culture war.

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Helpful pushback

Murray once again offers a thoughtful and well-researched rebuttal into one of today’s maladies - CRT. Not only showing the (sometimes purposefully) misleading and uninformed arguments of CRT, the book also shows how despite the atrocities committed by the West, there are many who had a deep curiosity and appreciation for other cultures and gave their lives for justice (such as the policing of the slave trade by Britain). A helpful listen.

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Slow start, great second half

I read the Madness of Crowds and found Douglas Murray to be 2 years late to the discussion. I thought this was going to happen again once I started this book, however, he delves into more pertinent and universal issues towards the second half of this book. The second half was hard to put down, and I found the last 5 hours to be finished within the day.
A good and patriotic defence of western values.

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Speaking the truth, in a common sense way

Douglas Murray captures the essence of the problems facing the west and more specifically, the ideological war being waged upon it by the “tolerant” Left in our societies. Hopefully this wakes more people up and we can start to push back before it’s too late.

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Sycophant culture in the west

Interesting take on the increase in sycophants and self-righteous scoundrels who make a living through strangling western culture.

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  • Matthew Jonker
  • 22-05-2022

Just brilliant

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

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  • Tim Pillar
  • 14-05-2022

This a must read .

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

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  • Ollie
  • 13-05-2022

Like a man writing from a bunker

As an objective reader, I was expecting a well researched and erudite book, basing my expectation on the author’s discussion with Sam Harris, but I could only get 2/3 through before giving up. It’s peppered with some interesting insights, which could be worth expanding on or researching, but mostly this is a defence of antiquated institutions, full of vitriolic ad hominem attacks and convoluted contortions to justify absolving his favoured institutions of real or perceived wrongdoings. On the other hand readers with a deep antipathy towards any new ideas could really enjoy this one, not a bit of objectivity or impartial research here. Unless he left the point at the end, in which case I missed it.

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  • Ciaran O'Regan
  • 12-05-2022

Perhaps we might yet avoid the abyss?

Douglas has, yet again, shot his "viper" across the minefield. Should enough people read this and recognize that the path is at least somewhat cleared, we may yet avoid the worst of what is to come.

The identitarian quasi-religion of diversity-inclusion-equity is intolerant totalitarianism dressed up as tolerant compassion. And while nearly everyone knows this, most fear speaking out publically due to the backlash by aspiring victims or their "allies".

One can only hope this book will contribute toward enough people being willing to reveal their preferences such that the fantasy land falls away and we can deal with genuine problems. It isn't as if we are stuck for things to do, after all. Disastrously mismanaged pandemics and threats of nuclear annihilation spring to mind as but two worthy projects.

Great work Douglas. A throughly enjoyable listen.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 03-05-2022

Luck is the residue of design

I’m so glad I went for the audio version instead of kindle. Douglas’ energy, tone, emphasis and uncontrollable laughter make it so real, just as if you’re speaking with your best friend about the nonsense happening in the world.

At one point I found myself wanting to stop the audio and ask back: No way! You’re kidding! It cannot be racist gardening. But soon laughter became anger, then sadness, concern and disappointment to hear about that ungrateful mob seeking revenge.

I’d love to see this into a documentary.

I admire Douglas’ courage, intelligence and clarity. Pleasing people is easy, just say anything is racist and you’ll get lots of likes and claps. Question anything related to it and you’ll get lot of heat and hate.

Listening to this book made me grateful for what I have.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-05-2022

This book touched my heart

Like many people, I too struggle with these dilemmas. I wish to respect, learn from, accomodate and even adopt some aspects of cultures around me. At the same time, I respect and learn from my own history. I am proud of who I am. Despite all the bad things that happened, the West has made the world a better place. We have to acknowledge that.

Douglas Murray, articulated perfectly these dilemmas and his way of discussing it touched my heart. I am glad I read (listened to) this book. Thank you Mr Murray.

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  • theantlion
  • 01-05-2022

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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  • Steve
  • 29-04-2022

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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  • Christopher Chapman
  • 28-04-2022

Superb

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

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  • SamanthafromKentishTown
  • 02-05-2022

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-04-2022

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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  • Sam8032
  • 04-05-2022

“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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  • MR AM MAGUIRE
  • 04-05-2022

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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  • London reader
  • 01-05-2022

Brilliant

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

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  • Stephen Robinson
  • 04-05-2022

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-2022

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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