How Civilizations Die (and Why Islam Is Dying Too)

How Civilizations Die (and Why Islam Is Dying Too)

Book - 2011
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Thanks to collapsing birthrates, much of Europe is on a path of willed self-extinction. But birthrates in Muslim nations are declining faster--at a rate never before documented. Europe may have the resources to support an aging population, if at a terrible economic and cultural cost. But in the impoverished Islamic world, an aging population means a civilization on the brink of total collapse. Muslim decline poses new threats to America, challenges we cannot face effectively without a wholly new kind of political analysis that explains how desperate peoples and nations behave. David P. Goldman--author of the celebrated "Spengler" column--reveals how massive shifts in global power are remaking our future: how extinctions of peoples, cultures, and civilizations are not unthinkable, but certain; how for the first time in world history, the birthrate in the West has fallen below replacement level; why birthrates in the Muslim world are falling even faster; why the "Arab Spring" is the precursor of much more violent change in the Islamic world; why looming demographic collapse may encourage Islamic terrorists to "go for broke;" and how the United States can survive the coming world turmoil.--From publisher description.
Publisher: Washington, DC : Regnery Pub. ; New York : Distributed to the trade by Perseus Distribution, c2011
ISBN: 9781596982734
159698273X
Branch Call Number: 909.0976 GOLDMAN
Characteristics: xxiii, 306 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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tjm0022735187
Sep 10, 2016

An interesting read, assuming the data is true. Yes, it pushes some buttons, but it provides different views that are worth thinking about. It is a worthwhile read.

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Conscioncience
Dec 02, 2015

Extremely prolific book. Presents a crisis that receives no consideration in public thought. It had a slight ant-Islam slant, as evidenced by the title, but the majority is the book is solidly factual.

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weeee
Oct 03, 2013

An intellectual tour de force explained in a simple way, David Goldman's latest is must reading for anyone wanting to understand present events and where they'll lead us. Very well researched. Nations who don't learn from the past are bound to repeat it. But sometimes the seeds of destruction are built into cultures and fate cannot be avoided.

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ClaireM_W
Apr 26, 2013

Dreadful. Gave me the creeps. A Wall St. type plays Chicken Little, but with absolutely not one believable argument, and his 'examples' sound pretty iffy to me. I couldn't finish this diatribe, but I think he's trying to sell us the idea that what the world needs is way more White Folks. Gag.

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Sparkle07
Feb 12, 2012

Unless you consider yourself a scholar, don't waste your time on this one - not an easy read - keep your dictionary close if you give it a chance.

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