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04/08/2008
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Regnery Publishing
America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It

America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It

by Mark Steyn

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ISBN-13: 9781596985278
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Publication date: 04/08/2008
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 172,850
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mark Steyn’s writing on war, politics, the arts, and culture can be read around the world from the Atlantic Monthly to The Australian. In the United States his column appears in the Chicago Sun-Times, the New York Sun, the Washington Times, the Orange County Register, and other newspapers. He is also National Review’s “Happy Warrior,” a columnist for the New Criterion, and resident obituarist for the Atlantic Monthly.

In Canada, he is senior columnist for the country’s newest political magazine, the Western Standard, and literary correspondent for the country’s biggest-selling general interest magazine, Maclean’s. In addition, he appears in many other publications, from the Jerusalem Post to Hawke’s Bay Today in New Zealand. Born in Toronto, he lives in New Hampshire.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Soon to Be Banned in Canada     vii
Prologue: To Be or Not to Be     xxvii
The Gelded Age
The Coming of Age: Births vs. dearths     1
Going...Going...Gone: Demography vs. delusion     23
Men Are from Venus: Primary impulses vs. secondary impulses     41
Arabian Night
Flying the Coop: Big Mo vs. Big Mac     59
The Anything They'll Believe In: Church vs. state     81
The Four Horsemen of the Eupocalypse: Eutopia vs. Eurabia     103
The New Dark Ages...And How to Lighten Up
The State-of-the-Art Primitive: The known unknowns vs. the knowingly unknowing     131
The Unipole Apart: America vs. everyone else     153
The Importance of Being Exceptional: Citizens vs. dependents     177
The Falling Camel: Last legs     193
Acknowledgments     215
Index     217

What People are Saying About This

John OSullivan

"Mark Steyn is the funniest writer now living. But don't be distracted by the brilliance of his jokes. They are the neon lights advertising a profound and sad insight: America is almost alone in resisting both the suicide of the West and the suicide bombing of radical Islamism."--(John O'Sullivan, editor at large, National Review, and author of The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister)

Michelle Malkin

"Mark Steyn is a human sandblaster. This book provides a powerful, abrasive, high-velocity assault on encrusted layers of sugarcoating and whitewash over the threat of Islamic imperialism. Do we in the West have the will to prevail?"--(Michelle Malkin, New York Times bestselling author of Unhinged)

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America Alone 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read similar books on this topic but this one lays it out in a way that even the most naive¿..ignorant¿..uninformed¿..oblivious individual can understand. This should be required reading for all politicians. Read it.....then give it to your kids to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book covers it all. The alarming drop in American and European birth rates, while the birth rates in some Arabic countries are on the rise. 70% of Irans population is under 30 yrs old. Im sure some of them would embrace democracy if they had a voice, the rest who knows. He explains why radical Islam is like a virus in despirate need of a cure. As Voltaire said about fanaticism, ' Fanatics are usually guided by rascals, who put the dagger into the hands. They resemble that old man of the mountain who, it is said, made Imbeciles taste the pleasure of paradise of which he had given them a foretaste, on condition that they murdered all those he would name.' Sound familiar? Voltaire goes on to say, the only religion in the world that is not sullied by fanaticism, that of the Chinese scholars. Read this book and you will have a clear vision of what might happen, and how we as a Democracy can stop it. Its all hands on deck for this fight. God Bless AMERICA.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started hearing about and reading on-line articles by Mark Steyn last year. When my husband saw what else I was reading (see books below) and watching on t.v.(Glenn Beck, O'Reilly, Hannity & Colmes, Tucker, etc.) he felt Mr. Steyn would be another witty writer and outspoken conservative that would appeal to me. And he was! I felt engrossed by 'America Alone' from the first chapter. He discussed important issues of population growth and population reductions and the enormous impact it is already having on the world. He also discussed why the UN, the EU and other international groups are worthless and meaningless today. He spent considerable time on the threat of islams, muslims and their inability to embrace life and adjust to other humans and the impact it is having all around the world. Much of his data was not new but, nicely packaged so, you could see the big picture in one glance. I enjoyed how Mr. Steyn would give real life examples of events from around the world and then apply what the explanation was for the occurrence and then the final result to all of us. He is a marvelous teacher who weaves together humor along the way to lighten up the seriousness of the content. His humor is much more tame but, much more powerful in it's intent than many other authorities in our government, news media and print media today. Mr. Steyn may have been born in Canada and lived in the UK for many years but, he made his way home to the U.S. as he knows even though we have many faults - we are still the world's last best hope for peace and stability. Without us...hope goes away for sure. Mr. Steyn ends his book with a list of things that can be done to stablize the world but, it will take hard decisions, following through on those hard decisions and being the long arm of the law. Our enemies respect only toughness and strength - we must get back to that. Our weaknesses they have exploited - it's time we showed serious force and kicked long term butt! Mr. Steyn shows clearly that to follow the liberal Democrats will destroy the US. Only following a conservative and tough agenda will save our nation and others. Pick up this book and read it. Don't lend it to friends as you may not get it back(for those who 'get it' once they are done reading it). Buy it and give it as a gift. This is a winner all around. I read hundreds of books a year and rarely give 5 stars. This one deserves it. Can't wait for his next book. Keep up the good work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't remember ever saying that about any book I've read. Mark Steyn has a razor sharp wit, is amazingly perceptive and is also well researched. His comments are not hyperbolic. This is ultimately a very frightening book and we Americans need to heed his clarion call. Essentially: whatever you Americans do, under no circumstances can you reelect Obama or anyone like him. I sense that his new book is the sequel to this one. Read America Alone; enjoy it; learn from it; tell others.
spiffinn More than 1 year ago
Mr. Steyn presents a chilling view of the future for what he calls Eurabia, and predicts a similar fate for America absent some immediate action to curtail the influence of our "friend" Saudi Arabia and its projection of militant Wahabism and intolerance. He correctly points out that our inherent tolerance of religious beliefs is being used as a weapon to advance the cause of Islam in its effort to colonize Western civilization.
DickBatt More than 1 year ago
An excellent "read" for all who vote. A very unique sense of humor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mark Steyn's book, America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, is both thought provoking as well as entertaining. Facts, projections, and quotes mixed with Steyn's comedic banter makes for an enjoyable read. Steyn is a controversial figure, but read his works and decide for yourself.
FHO More than 1 year ago
Having lived in the UK and France, I have seen the dramatic change in the cultural make up of those countries. This book is a wake up call but probably too late for Europe. Very worth while reading and passing on to friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Think of how the changes this book identifies will change your business. This book is truthful, interesting and informative. The demographic information that the author presents may shock you. This is a must read for 2007.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The future looks murky in this well researched book about how western civilization's fate is threatened by the growth of Islamic populations and the influences of it's radicallized political sects. This book is rich in stats and demographics that will raise the hair on your head as to what the world in the 20 years will look like. A must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for anyone who enjoys living in a free country.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great primer in how the USA can anticipate the impact on our society and culture. The anticipation of demographic changes in Europe has implications for the whole world, including how we collectively respond to threats, implied or real. This book will get you started thinking deeply about the USA and how our country can respond now to minimize the impact.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author has put together a nice read on a topic that is of some interest. However, the demise of Christianity is more related to the demise of America, which is occuring now. I would recommend this book alongside 'America's Financial Apocalypse: How to Profit the Next Great Depression' for an in-depth economic analysis of America.
Guest More than 1 year ago
America Alone is the most important book I have read this year. It details the threat Islamic forces are exerting in the world today to return mankind to the dark ages. Europe is already a lost cause. There is a plot to control the world, and it isn't secret, and it isn't Jewish! Read this book today!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mark Steyn has moved ahead of Calvin Trillen in my personal pantheon of great writers still breathing. His ability to turn the phrase and his wonderfully acerbic sense of humor make reading him a joy. However he is deadly serious about his subject in 'America Alone'. This book will scare the hell out of you and must be read by all Americans. I challenge the Islamic appeasers among us to refute his facts and his conclusions. It would make for a very one-sided debate. That the book hasn't gotten more play and publicity is astounding to me. Bob Woodward writes a piece of rehashed crap and it flies to the top of the NY Times Best Seller list! We are are truly doomed if we don't wake up!! 'America Alone' is that Wake-up Call!!
willhelm on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Thought-provoking, attention-getting, and slightly alarmist. Steyn is a master writer with a skillful, post-modern blend of structure, humor, alarmist rant, sobering reality, and calm resolve. Concise and to the point, Steyn presents the facts of our demographically changing world and stands out as a watchman on the times.
Malarchy on LibraryThing 23 days ago
America Alone is a polemic on the problems of aging and diminishing European societies and the expansion of the Islamic world into those societies. It is written by a Belgian-Canadian living in the US who espouses Christian Republican beliefs and for most people this will either be a book you hate or love. What is great about this book is that it lays down the tough issues that we face. What is terrible about this book is that it associates some clear thinking on demographics and religion with utter nonsense about climate change, welfarism, and citizen militia.Mark Steyn deals in issies that most find unpalatable and much of the European world has chosen to ignore. The European approach is disasterous and with the exception of a few in the Netherlands, we just aren't ready to deal with our own decline. Steyn spells it out brutally and while he might be picking and choosing statistics to bolster his case, it is the general thrust of the problem that should worry the western world.The issue that Steyn deals with primarily is demographics - we all know that Europe is in decline but we do nothing about it. We know that our birth rates are too low and that the population count is being artificially inflated by immigration. Immigration is not inherently a bad thing (and Steyn stops short of arguing that it is) but an influx of people who refuse to identify with the host culture is. In the UK, Muslims have overtaken Hindus in population size in the last decade - I'm not sure anyone can recall a single problem within the British Hindu population as it sought to make itself part of the society within which it lived.This is part of the problem that Steyn identifies - a pan-Islamic model is massively more appealing to Muslims than is any national identity. Steyn is absolutely right to say that the exportation of Wahabbism from Saudi Arabia is a direct threat in the same way that Soviet Communism was but it is just a much more effective threat. Islam is not monolithic but you wouldn't know that from the examples such as that Steyn cites in which a European of Bangladeshi descent demands the right to cover herself from view in a burkha - the burkha is a Bedouin garment designed to combat sandstorms in the desert - not very useful in Europe or Bangladesh so not of those cultures. What the example highlights is that it is the assertive Arabian form of the religion that is being embraced.Steyn fronts up on the war that is really being fought between the West and Islam - culture. It is a war being fought on terms that the West will struggle to win. Demographics favour the East. Henlein (Starship Troopers) puts it better than Steyn can - cultures that out-breed others will inevitable dominate them. Steyn illustrates this perfectly with the case of the United Kingdom which dominated more of the world than anyone in history simply by generating a surplus of healthy people combined with technological superiority. Without the surplus, there would have been no British Empire, no exportation of Corinthian values, no end to the slave trade (a worldwide phenomenon), no system of international laws or liberal institutions.We in the West choose to ignore history - we ignore the collapse of the great and enlightened Athenian empire because it's people became too decadent. Steyn makes the point well that it is younger, hungrier societies that win. Europe has pretty much given up. The societies of the Middle East, filled with a surplus of angry young men are more than we are prepared to cope with so we appease them instead.Unfortunately in reading this book, it becomes difficult to associate with it's core argument because the rest is appalling. Steyn does not even feel the need for internal consistency and his arguments disintegrate which makes this a missed opportunity. Steyn discusses the disgraceful transfers of wealth from the West to the House of Saud in return for oil and what that money does in waging cool war against us. Yet h
GaryWolf on LibraryThing 23 days ago
One of the more fascinating attempts at explaining the decline of the West is Mark Steyn's "America Alone." Though the main thrust of the book is the threat of Islam, Steyn examines numerous sources of decay in Western society, the upshot being that we are vulnerable to the threat only because of our weakness, confusion, and self-defeating behavior.Steyn offers the reader reams of evidence to back up his assertion that a "significant strain of Islam" (which today happens to be the overwhelmingly dominant one) is wreaking havoc across the planet. Everything from riots in the Parisian banlieue to the massacre of schoolchildren in Beslan to the Palestinian death cult is exposed in all its horror. It is virtually everywhere, and it is constant:"We switch on the news every evening and, though there are many trouble spots around the world, as a general rule it's easy to make an educated guess at one of the participants: Muslims vs. Jews in 'Palestine,' Muslims vs. Hindus in Kashmir, Muslims vs. Christians in Africa, Muslims vs. Buddhists in Thailand, Muslims vs. Russians in the Caucasus, Muslims vs. backpacking tourists in Bali, Muslims vs. Danish cartoonists in Scandinavia."Instead of confronting the threat, or even acknowledging it for what it is, Western elites drag their populations into an anesthetized state of denial. Discussion of the issue (if it exists at all) is filtered through the layers of the multiculturalist narrative, which leaves it sanitized and devoid of real content. Says Steyn:"Bomb us, and we agonize over the 'root causes.' Decapitate us, and our politicians rush to the nearest mosque to declare that 'Islam is a religion of peace.' Issue blood-curdling calls at Friday prayers to kill all the Jews and infidels, and we fret that it may cause a backlash against Muslims. Behead sodomites and mutilate female genitalia, and gay groups and feminist groups can't wait to march alongside you denouncing Bush and Blair. Murder a schoolful of children, and our scholars explain that to the 'vast majority' of Muslims 'jihad' is a harmless concept meaning 'healthy-lifestyle lo-fat granola bar'."As Steyn makes clear, the problem would never have gotten so out of hand were it not for the meltdown of intellect that has occurred among the "educated" portion of the Western world. The jihadis take full advantage of this breach, and they are aided and abetted at every turn by their "progressive" enablers.The West has lost its will to fight. We consistently defeat ourselves. The Islamists"know they can never win on the battlefield, but they figure there's an excellent chance they can drag things out until Western Civilization collapses on itself and Islam inherits by default. An army is only one weapon a civilization wields, and the weapon of last resort, too. But when you add up those elements of national power--military, judicial, diplomatic, economic, informational--it's hard not to conclude that (as was said of the British after the fall of Singapore) at least four of those five guns are pointing in the wrong direction. The point of the media is to speak truth to (domestic) power, the point of transnationalism is to constrain American power, the point of law is to upgrade the defendant--and the upshot of economic power in a time of plenty is that every time you gas up you're funding an enemy who's flusher than he's been since the fall of Constantinople. Meanwhile, we fight the symptoms--the terror plots--but not the cause: the ideology. The self-imposed constraints of this war--legalistic, multilateral, politically correct--are clearer every day."Steyn devotes quite a bit of ink to the issue of demography. The Muslim world, including the recent transplants into Europe, are benefiting from a high birthrate (the "upper reaches of the fertility hit parade") whereas the native populations--especially in Spain, Italy, and Greece--are falling far below replacement rate. The U.S. is chugging along at slightly above replacement level.This
PastorBob on LibraryThing 23 days ago
I'm cheering Mark Steyn on. It's not that I agree with every conclusion he makes, nor with every idea. But his fundamental thesis, that the western world in the hands of the liberal progressives and the political left cannot survive well in the real global world of ideologies and power, and so will collapse before the advance of any strong ideology that forces it's way, is a good one. We have abandoned truth, common sense, and principles. Without them, the western world will die. Without them, maybe it should. Alarmist? Well what else wakes people up but an alarm?
jdmays on LibraryThing 25 days ago
The author is a columnist and this book reads like a collection of his columns. He's very funny and engaging but the book doesn't hang together well. Enjoyable to read in small doses, as if one were reading a newspaper column. He makes the point about the coming Islamist menace in the first few chapters, then proceeds to bludgeon us to death with it for the remainder.
NovelBookworm on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Pretty darn good, but it'll bother the bejeebers out of you. I really hadn't given demographics much of a thought with regards to immigration, multiculturism, etc. until reading this book. Its worth your time to read it, I wish a few of our polititcians would do the same.
sergerca on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Required reading. Only Steyn can make a topic so depressing so hilarious. Of the books I've read about the increasing war between Islam and the West this one strikes the nail on the head most directly discussing the West's current lack of both offspring and will.
disneypope on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Wow. If one filters out Steyn's sarcasm and politics, this book is still unnerving. Using demographic trends with birthrates across the Western World, Steyn shows the current trends and possible outcome of a world with unchecked Islam. WEstern culture has sold out to political correctness for the sake of being polite and we are turning our governments into welfare states. Thought-provoking.
badgenome on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Showing yet again why he is one of the most widely published columnists in the Anglosphere, Steyn delineates the decline - both demographically, certainly, but of no less importance, in terms of cultural confidence - of the West, and masterfully (and amusingly) lays bare the internal contradictions of multiculturalism. America Alone is timely, perceptive, hilarious, and very, very accessible.
mrtall on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Bracing, to the point of being frightening. Steyn lays out, using a deft mix of humor and horror, the demographic realities facing Europe in the coming decades, and the potentially disastrous effects this will have on the rest of the world.