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The Madness of Crowds

Gender, Race and Identity
Written by: Douglas Murray
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Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
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In his devastating new book The Madness of Crowds, Douglas Murray examines the 21st century’s most divisive issues: sexuality, gender, technology and race. He reveals the astonishing new culture wars playing out in our workplaces, universities, schools and homes in the names of social justice, identity politics and ‘intersectionality’.  

We are living through a postmodern era in which the grand narratives of religion and political ideology have collapsed. In their place have emerged a crusading desire to right perceived wrongs and a weaponisation of identity, both accelerated by the new forms of social and news media.

Narrow sets of interests now dominate the agenda as society becomes more and more tribal - and, as Murray shows, the casualties are mounting.   

Readers of all political persuasions cannot afford to ignore Murray’s masterfully argued and fiercely provocative book, in which he seeks to inject some sense into the discussion around this generation’s most complicated issues. 

He ends with an impassioned call for free speech, shared common values and sanity in an age of mass hysteria.

©2019 Douglas Murray (P)2019 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

What the critics say

"Simply brilliant. Reading it to the end, I felt as though I’d just drawn my first full breath in years. At a moment of collective madness, there is nothing more refreshing - or, indeed, provocative - than sanity. (Sam Harris, author of five New York Times best-sellers and host of the Making Sense podcast)

"Whether one agrees with him or not, Douglas Murray is one of the most important public intellectuals today." (Bernard-Henri Lévy) 

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Social Critique Par Excellence

I struggle to think of a modern voice as clear and refined as Murray’s. Not only is the prose of the highest order, but Murray's reading of his own words makes one feel as if one is there in the room, speaking to him directly.
I would dare to say that the audiobook is probably the ultimate way to absorb this work. Many phrases are delivered with a certain acerbic bite that I can't imagine having quite the same impact without hearing Murray's delivery.
Murray is one of the rare intellectuals dipping into social commentary and critique who can, through his brilliant delivery and societal circumstance, get away with comments that, for many of us, could end our careers.
Do not miss this book. History will end up marking this book as a pivotal moment in the early 21st century culture wars.

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Preaching to the choir and little else.

I got this book on the recommendation of Sam Harris because he implied that it was a study into groupthink and how modern Internet and outrage culture builds upon itself and can elevate previously fringe issue to the forefront. Instead, while a small portion of the book is devoted to this subject, the vast majority of it is just taking apart modern outrage culture, specifically on the issues of race and gender. It's more of an "anti-SJW" commentary, just presented in a more snobby tone.

I don't disagree with many of the points the author makes but this is just regurgitating the same points made by other commentators for years now, only with occasional credit given. If you have an interest in this book, you likely have heard and agree with most of these points already. If further affirmation is what you want, you'll get that here. If you wanted more of a dive into the theory of crowd-based hysteria, look elsewhere.

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Brilliant

Douglas Murray uses logic and reason to explain illogical and unreasonable events. Sometimes funny, often very sad, the book is extremely important in today's reality. Douglas Murray dared to say that the King isn't wearing any clothes.

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Astounding

A true generational warning about the state of politics and open social warfare within the western world. The author pulls examples from every day occurrences to demonstrate the unthinkable level of hypocrisy that tramples reason on a daily basis.

I do not think that this book is politically slanted either, as it's more neutral in essence. It reports on increasing illogical perception of race, gender and identity politics.

In short this might just be one of the readings required in schools around the world of the madness of a 2000's society and how we barely escaped a Geroge Orwellian nightmare just in time......I hope.

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Phenomenal

A deep look into the intentional consequences and hypocrosies of intersectionalism and identity politics. So much new insight.

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Ends with a twist

A good story is both a compliment and when said drolly, a disdain. Has made me get his other works so maybe stay away if you read too much/often/slowly. If you are a bit thick like me keep it slow. His English version of English tripped me at ‘eastrow gen’ for ‘estro. Gen’

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Murray succeeds again!

In this work, Murray tackles four of the major hot button issues of the day - gay, women, race, and trans. He offers a biting critique of how the solutions offered by the radical left-wing results in absurd contradictions which undermine their own basic premises. In fact, a single reading would be insufficient for contemplating all his points!

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To be rational or not to be at all.

Great insights. great author and narrator (independently from rase or gender). Please listen a be one of us who are rational independent of the rase or gender.

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Articulate counter to overly "woke" culture.

Mobile typing, so this will be brief. Murray strongly makes his point that the pace of change, and the new shift to describing things like they've never been worse (catastrophising) when we were inching ever closer to a color blind society, is fatal to honest discourse. Woke culture, online shaming, deplatforming, and the complete inability to forgive ancient transgressions while having access to the Web's unblinking and ever-remembering gaze means anyone, trying to say anything even grazing the edge of a tricky topic, is thrown to the wolves.

Only gripe is, while he's known for his cutting tone, after a while it does have a feel of mocking the opponents. But, well worth a read. It will be described as a "right wing screed", but this Centre Left person found myself nodding along with virtually every point made.

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Douglas Murray crystallize the dangers of our time

I'm listening to this book for the 2nd time through now - there is so much here.

This book distils the troubling dangers of our times - the collective narratives, the speech police, the woke culture wars, the re-writing of gender roles, etc. Nowhere have I seen these subjects presented so succinctly in one place.

High recommended!

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  • Justin J. Norman
  • 2019-09-26

An Urgent Read for Our Over-woke Times

An excellent and thoughtful critique of the pitfalls of social justice theory, identity politics, critical race theory, and intersectionality. Over the course of a decade, I've spent a lot of time in groups that would easily be described as "social justice groups", and I've experienced firsthand the sliding of these groups into unreasonableness and counterproductive behavior over the last few years. Douglas brings much-needed clarity to some of the most controversial social and political ideas of our time. I strongly recommend my fellow lefties give this a read and give Murray's analysis careful consideration. His performance on the audiobook is wonderful and entertaining.

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  • Adam
  • 2019-09-25

Brilliant and required listening for all people

This book is the answer to the questioning and baffled minds of our time. Douglas' incisive and insightful commentary on our current situation, especially as regards the breach we may feel within our identity-obsessed branch of political and societal 'debate', has arrived not a minute too soon. Full marks for this book. Buy and listen now.

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  • Nikolay Schitov
  • 2019-09-19

Foucauldian hell

This is a mad journey into Foucauldian-Marxist utopia that became reality. Brilliantly written book gives pleasure and concern in the same time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-25

Genius socio-political observations

best socio-political academia in decades articulated brilliantly. possibly the most important critique of our times, with solutions suggested . if you dont find this thoroughly captivating of interest, then you probably are part of the problems described here ;)

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  • B Jones
  • 2019-11-02

Murray is the Messiah

The Madness of Crowds is the antidote to the poison we have collectively ingested as self-loathing Western Societies. Murray is slaying the last dragon of our time, and simultaneously delivering us from evil.

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  • Rachael Hoffman
  • long island, ny
  • 2019-11-01

An unflinching look at todays apparent societal reorganization

The author lays out a compelling case for the reader to question today’s prevailing orthodoxy in the social, political, and indeed moral/ethical spheres of existence. Replete with examples that, while perhaps not entirely mainstream, but certainly far more representative than would be hoped in today’s progressive world, Douglas Murray uncovers contradictions and inconsistencies that any thinking individual must consider once being made aware of them.
A worthwhile read.

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  • Ian Gribbin
  • 2019-11-01

Brilliant in every way

Murray makes his points pragmatically and with precision, concluding powerfully with short sound bites.

If his polemic isn’t already exquisite enough, it is topped off, conflated by his narration; delivered with the right amount of indignation and passion. Better than the book alone!

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  • 2019-10-31

Important contribution to the discussion

Murray's case is strong and both his reading and logic superb. He carefully lays out the logic ( and in some places, the lack thereof) of the current states of many of the so-called justice movements of our time. This is a must-read/listen for anyone wishing to engage in serious debate on the issues.

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  • E. Giuetti
  • 2019-10-31

Almost foundational for the 21st century.

It’s difficult to think of a more important book that has been written in the 21st century so far.

We all intuitively know the world has gone stark raving mad, but far too few have either the courage, the will or the common sense to argue the matter with contemporaries of reprobate minds.

This book should, at the very least, save the lives of many children who’s parent take the reasoned arguments of the book seriously.

DM however, like many of today’s atheistic philosophers, comes close to the reason why the world has gone mad, but very reluctant to continue toward accepting any absolute, lest he find what he was not looking for.

Well done DM.

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  • phillip mcpeak
  • 2019-10-30

Absolutely amazing

A masterpiece. Well thought, well written, well played. A must read in todays culture of insanity.

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