While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West from Within

While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West from Within

by Bruce Bawer
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While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West from Within by Bruce Bawer

The struggle for the soul of Europe today is every bit as dire and consequential as it was in the 1930s. Then, in Weimar, Germany, the center did not hold, and the light of civilization nearly went out. Today, the continent has entered yet another “Weimar moment.” Will Europeans rise to the challenge posed by radical Islam, or will they cave in once again to the extremists?

As an American living in Europe since 1998, Bruce Bawer has seen this problem up close. Across the continent—in Amsterdam, Oslo, Copenhagen, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, and Stockholm—he encountered large, rapidly expanding Muslim enclaves in which women were oppressed and abused, homosexuals persecuted and killed, “infidels” threatened and vilified, Jews demonized and attacked, barbaric traditions (such as honor killing and forced marriage) widely practiced, and freedom of speech and religion firmly repudiated.

The European political and media establishment turned a blind eye to all this, selling out women, Jews, gays, and democratic principles generally—even criminalizing free speech—in order to pacify the radical Islamists and preserve the illusion of multicultural harmony. The few heroic figures who dared to criticize Muslim extremists and speak up for true liberal values were systematically slandered as fascist bigots. Witnessing the disgraceful reaction of Europe’s elites to 9/11, to the terrorist attacks on Madrid, Beslan, and London, and to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Bawer concluded that Europe was heading inexorably down a path to cultural suicide.

Europe's Muslim communities are powder kegs, brimming with an alienation born of the immigrants’ deep antagonism toward an infidel society that rejects them and compounded by misguided immigration policies that enforce their segregation and empower the extremists in their midst. The mounting crisis produced by these deeply perverse and irresponsible policies finally burst onto our television screens in October 2005, as Paris and other European cities erupted in flames.

WHILE EUROPE SLEPT is the story of one American’s experience in Europe before and after 9/11, and of his many arguments with Europeans about the dangers of militant Islam and America’s role in combating it. This brave and invaluable book—with its riveting combination of eye-opening reportage and blunt, incisive analysis—is essential reading for anyone concerned about the fate of Europe and what it portends for the United States.


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ISBN-13: 9780385517591
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/21/2006
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 357,559
File size: 586 KB

About the Author

BRUCE BAWER is the author of A Place at the Table, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Stealing Jesus, and Diminishing Fictions. He served as a board member of the National Book Critics Circle and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post Book World, the Wall Street Journal, the New Republic, and other periodicals.


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While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West from Within 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'While Europe Slept' makes a compelling, albeit frightening, argument that radical Islam will take over much of western Europe in the first half of this century. Country by country, the ruling social democrats and European media have turned a blind eye to the persistant erosion of their cultures and their legal systems by radical Islam. Recovering from the devastation of the two great wars of the last century, Europeans have focused on multi-culturalism and appeasement. That many Europeans dislike the U.S. is understandable, given its present status as the lone superpower. But while disliking the U.S., a large and vocal segment of western Europe applauds the very people who would do them in. France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, Holland, Norway, and Sweden-----all----have large and rapidly growing Muslim minorities which have little regard for the laws of those countries. In the eyes of these people, Sharia law trumps the laws of the countries in which they reside. Consequently, women are considered as property, are raped and beaten, and have little recourse to justice. Jews and Christians are attacked, both verbally and physically, by gangs of Muslim youths. While these outrages are attributed by leftist politicians and the European media to poverty and the hopelessness that follows it, the author makes a compelling case against radical Islam and the so-called Islamic 'moderates' who do nothing about it. This book should be read by all of the 537 elected members of our Federal government as well as their counterparts in state and local governments. The clock is ticking here, too!!!!!!!
Major_Kelly More than 1 year ago
And that is why Western culture in Europe is fading like an old photograph. Bawer paints a sad and astounding picture of modern Europe, a place where Western culture is so derided and birth rates among Christian, or more often post-Christian, Europeans are so low that the Europe of Mozart and Da Vinci and Copernicus is in danger of disapperaring. Bawer shows how France, with the largest proportion of Muslims in Europe, may be the first Western country since Spain to live under Muslim sharia law. (Some Muslim youths even wear T-shirts saying, "In 20 years when we take over...") He shows how the Netherlands was too politically correct to address religious tensions after Theo van Gogh was murdered by a Muslim extremist. He also points out that Europe's media gives traditional, Western leaders no support because they all make the New York Times look right wing. If you love Europe, and even more important, if you are concerned about liberalism's effect on the decline of Western vitality, Bawer's book will shock you.
BronxBhoy67 More than 1 year ago
A truly eye-opening, yet honestly unsurprising piece of hard reality. Nowhere on Earth (besides the Middle East for obvious reasons) other than Europe can one see the hand of Islamic influence spreading its ways. From the United Kingdom to Eastern Europe the lifestlye and traditions of hardcore Islam are taking deep root. Holland "traditionally" speaking a liberal country of sorts...taking action to curb the influences of its present Islamic population...whould've thought??? If Holland's "tolerance" for anti-tolerance is waning then there IS a problem! In thorough detail Bruce Bawer describes what he sees happening not only in Holland but throughout Europe and Western civilization. No one needs to be reminded of the numerous terrorist attacks that have taken place in recent years in Europe...those actions speak for themselves. Europe must wake up, America MUST wake up if there is to be any remnant of thousands of years of Greco-Roman culture and tradition left standing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was only half way through the book it had already become one of my top 5 favorite books. I had this book recommened to me by an employee of Barnes and Noble, and I have to admitt that the title left me a little disappointed. However, I found myself not able to put the book down (a first in quite a long time). It was absolultely fascinating and I believe its a must read for anyone that likes to keep up with current events. Though at sometimes it seems extremely pro-American, I truly believe that more books should be written about this topic. If reading this you know of other books like this please use my e-mail and let me know of other titles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book does a great job of illustrating the unintended consequences in Europe of multiculturalism, ultraliberal immigration policy, welfare systems and loss of national identity. It describes how self-segregating and radicalizing Islamic enclaves have taken root throughout Europe's cities where Imams preach jihad, as the PC citizens' ambivalence about assimilation has compounded the alienation and cultural divide between for example, the Dutch and Muslims in their midst, who continue to speak Arabic or other non-native languages for multiple generations. One interesting aspect of this book is the author's own gay and ultraliberal orientation through which he initially embraced the openness of his adopted European home, only be become disillusioned by the reality of Muslim-on-westerner hate speech, muggings, and of course murder of high-profile authors, producers and politicians such as Theo Van Gogh who raise questions about Islam. He is also baffled by complacency and a Western self-loathing that leaves Europe without a compass in the face of a gathering storm. Interestingly, the author devotes one-third of the book to anti-American attitudes prevalent in Europe, but fails to clarify his intent here...although one must infer that Europe's anti-Americanism reflects losing sight of its western cultural ideals and an unwillingness to take a stand against radical ideologies and ruthless behavior. Finally, the author provides alarming statistics and examples of demographic changes - Norwegians fleeing to Australia, EU politicians playing the racism card, and Orwellian policies that seem to encourage self-destruction and thwart expression of demands for action by indigenous citizens. A billboard memorializing Theo Van Gogh and his date of death, for example, was removed by Dutch police out of fear that Muslims might be offended. One unanswered question is the matter of degree to which Islamists are changing the fabric of Europe, their radical versus moderate intent and inability or unwillingness to assimilate. However, his examples and well-publiciced recent events, such as the Isalmist riots across France, indicate that the scope of the debate and problem is truly global and societal versus merely an alarmist extrapolation from isolated incidents. I highly recommend this well-balanced, factual and enlightening book that is not shrill and is written by someone with no particular axe to grind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bruce Bawer¿s While Europe Slept is an incredibly powerful book. Having recently read two authors whom I consider to be the authority on Islam, Daniel Pipes and Bat Ye¿or, I must say that I will be adding Bawer to my list of favorites. His writing style is unique because he isn¿t just writing about his observations, but rather his own experiences dealing with Islamists in Europe. Bawer also introduces us to contemporary European writers and political figures that are not willing to submit to dhimmitude without a fight. The sad part of the story is that a once great continent is being engulfed radical Islam and is letting the balance of power tilt further away from moderation and Western values. I highly suggest Bawer¿s book to anyone who wants to know why we in the United States are fighting back. Finally, his gripping conclusion summons the European people to a Churchillian defense of their culture and way of life like nothing I have read before. You have to read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"While Europe Slept" should read by Europeans and Americans who are concerned about the future of personal liberty, democracy, and human rights on planet earth. Bawer argues that Europe is dying and that "Eurabia" is being born (a term borrowed from Bat Ye'or, an Islamic scholar). This is because Muslims are flooding into Europe at an alarming rate and are having more kids than the native Europeans. Within fifty years, Muslims will be the majority in some European countries. Will this fact be a threat to personal liberty, democracy, and human rights? It appears so. Already, Muslims in Europe have set up societies within their host societies (e.g., Germany, France, Sweden, etc) and are causing social unrest among the native populations (murdering those who "insult" Islam, beating up gays, practicing honor killings and female genital mutilation, not letting women out of the house without an escort, calling for a ban on alcohol and entertainment, lighting cars on fire and smashing shop windows, etc). The police in these countries often feel overwhelmed by the Muslim gangs roaming the streets and are often afraid to go into Muslim ghettos for fear of being attacked; the only time the police will go into such neighborhoods is if they have lots of backup. One lingering thought I had while reading "While Europe Slept" was whether or not there will be civil war in Europe. Will the radical Muslims try to take power away from the natives, overthrow the liberal democracies, and set up Islamic states? Will the radical Muslims then set their sights on other countries, too, like America? The future of Europe looks bleak indeed, especially with Europe's lax immigration policy and a political/media establishment that's doing everything it can to appease the radical Muslims and give in to their demands. Is America are paying attention? Hopefully so. Otherwise, radical Islam may destroy America from within, too, just as it's currently doing to Europe. Will Europe, the Old Continent, survive? Read this fascinating book and decide for yourself. Readers would also like "Jenna's Flaw," a novel about the death of God, the crumbling of Western civilization, and how the West can save it.
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SparkyNV More than 1 year ago
Bruce Bawer is not a right-wing conservative with a reactionary tale of caution. His liberal background lends credence to his well-documented warning that both Europe and the United States need to take the radical Muslim agenda seriously. Being politically correct and bending over backwards to protect the religious rights of immigrants from Muslim countries will take a heavy toll on the legal rights of all of us and will lead to democracies that bear no resemblance to what we've known in the past. Thought-provoking, well-written and documented, it's an important read for anyone who wants to see the bigger picture.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This should be a must read for ALL high school students and others who have not yet read it. Is actually rather scary to learn how Europe is doing it self in with it liberal thinking. America learn from their mistakes and do what you can to save Europe for Europeans
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bruce Bawer's style of writing made this book very easy to read. His topic could not be more timely either. As someone who actually travelled throughout Europe during this unsettling period of history, his take on the processes that are occurring there in the battle for Europe's soul should be a must-read for anyone concerned about what the future may bring. He is a solid thinker and writer who builds a story that lays out the unpleasant truths about Europe's uphill struggle to preserve its identity while dealing with, or more often, not dealing with the issue of radical Islam. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone seeking to better understand the forces at work in today's world that sees a rise in terrorism and an acceptance or tolerance of it by far too many people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stayed up till 2:00 am to finish this book-it is riveting....Bawer's writing style makes this book very easy to read even tho it is filled with historical data and political jargon....I mean to say that this book is a 'must read' for everyone
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dear Mr. Bawer this book is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Bieng a immagrant myself I can appriciate this country and all the great things that it has offered me and my family. Please translate this book to Spanish because my father is dying to read it. Thank you very much for this great eye opening.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This impressive book is a good read with a perspective on European attitudes toward Islam which is not readily presented in the media. The depiction of current events is set forth in a sweeping historical context of American-European policies through the Twentieth Century. The text is well-documented and avoids partisan ideologies which thus reinforces the underlying thesis without losing objectivity. The book,while alarming, is also very informative and thoughtful. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You only have to read this book, then read 'At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor,' ISBN: 0140157344 to see plainly that history does, indeed, repeat itself. We in the West - Britain, the USA, etc. - would do well to wake up from our deep sleep, pay attention to what's really going on around us, read these books, and the handwriting on the wall, as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent book that should be a warning to the PC crowd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The decades long agreement among the Eurocrats and Arab/Muslim immigrant groups is covered once again here, this time with a multitude of anecdotes extrapolated to support the author's generalizations. As far as the author's talent for bringing out the Ugly European, I am mystified. Rarely ever have I come across the caricatures described in the authors ancecdotes that supposedly have a love/hate relationship with America. Outside of a few students, the 'West Europeans' that I have talked to love America, though they might disagree with SOME of her foreign policy. The author harps continually about a lack of balance portrayed by the 'West European' media, but in my view doesn't follow the same practice in this book of anecdotes. You are better off going to the books listed below. Better yet, visit Europe and talk to the man on the street and don't bother talking to anyone from 'The Establishment.'