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Good book with flaws,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within (Taschenbuch)
Despite its sensationalist title this is a good book.
The basic thesis and observations are well put and argued (I should like to test how great Bawer's linguistic skills in the three dozen or so Euroepan languages he claims to know really are - he does seem very proud of them. Even a smattering of French and Norwegian of course would put him ahead of 99 percent of his compatriots).
The book's greatest asset is the great wealth of examples for worrying developments which the mainline media generally prefer to cover with silence. You'll find dozens of examples for Europe's inability and fear to deal with the growing Islamic influence and developments eroding her basic liberties.
There are two drawbacks, however which greatly hamper the book's usefulness:
- Especially in the first third the author tends to constantly compare Europe's failures and shortcomings to how brilliantly and better the USA are handling matters. Firstly this is simply not very convincing, considering the country's problems. It betrays a certain ethnocentric blindness which must harm Bawer's overall reasoning on the issue in question. It will secondly not be useful for the book's impact: If you want to convince people of your point of view it is not useful to constantly denigrate the very basics of their society.
- Bawer quotes all his examples without giving any sources. The ones which I remember he seems to report accurately enough but the book would have been ever so much better, had he added footnotes with nothing but bibliographical data on the sources of what he tells us. The book won't equip you with arguments beyond anecdotal evidence.
As it is Bawer won't get beyond preaching to the converted, I am afraid.
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Ersteintrag: 13.11.2014, 11:17:32 GMT+1
John Dury meint:
I have since discovered Robert Spencer's book "Religion of Peace. Why Christianity is and Islam Isn't". While covering a different scope it also contains many examples of things going wrong. And here you'll find what I most missed in Bawer's book: Sources for all the quotes. This makes the book so much more useful for anyone who is looking for dependable arguments in a public discourse. You are simply more convincing if you can back up your claims - however obviously they are accurate.
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