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Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West [Paperback]

Christopher Caldwell
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29 April 2010

'We need books like this' Literary Review

'Western Europe became a multiethnic society in a fit of absence of mind.'

Taking us from English suburbs to Parisian housing estates, this provocative, unflinching and engrossing book tackles uncomfortable questions about immigration and Islam head-on, and asks: why can't we face the truth?

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (29 April 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0141027770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141027777
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caldwell is a bracing, clear-eyed analyst of European pieties . . . this book pulsates with ideas (Observer )

The most rigorous and plainspoken examination of Muslim immigration in Europe to date . . . well researched, fervently argued and morally serious (New York Times )

Dispenses a sharp common sense . . . If his book sharpens a so far sluggish debate, it will have served an important purpose (Martin Woollacott Guardian )

Reflections on the Revolution in Europe will inspire some readers, infuriate others and leave very few indifferent. That's exactly as it should be - because wherever you stand on this debate, it's one we can't afford to ignore. (Sunday Business Post )


'Caldwell is a bracing, clear-eyed analyst of European pieties ... compared with most literature on migration, so often dull and cliché-ridden, this book pulsates with ideas.'

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and provoking read 10 Dec 2009
By Tessard
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If you are interested in the current and future impact of mass immigration of Islam into Europe, then this is the book for you. The author, Christopher Caldwell, has used his extensive knowledge to provide a trenchant analysis of how Islamic religion and culture is re-shaping Europe. He questions whether Islam can possibly sit in harmony alongside the liberal and secular traditions of the West and what this means for indiginous Europeans. He argues that European policy makers have unquestionably bowed to the demands of Muslims in policy making but under-estmated the culture-shaping potential of the Islamic religion, thereby trapping Europe in a dilemma to which it has no solution. Caldwell supports his arguments with evidence and examples drawn from recent history in this easily accessible read. Highly recommended!
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing 5 Feb 2010
I've been ordering from Amazon for a very long time. Yet this is the first time I have bothered to write something about one of the many books I have bought and read from Amazon. This is because Caldwell has hit a nerve. What he discusses is something that I (along with many of my friends-from various nationalities,religious and ethnic groups) have noticed around West London.

YES, this book is written for an American audience who already believe and merely seek confirmation that Europe will be overun by Muslims and YES, this book will give the racists, xenophobes out there plenty of ammunition. Though this may be the case and indeed very unfortunate, the main thesis of the book seems spot on.

Consequences asside, the book is brilliantly written and very well researched. Some posters have commentated that the author has an agenda. Well, so what? What book or film doesn't? This does not make it flawed in any way. The harsh reality is that Europe is and continues to change and not necessarily for the better. And it is immigrants, specifically certain immigrants who are contributing to this unwanted change. The book makes the point that it is a problem all over Europe, not confined to just a few countries. Critics will call Caldwell alarmist, but people need only look around them and leave political correctness aside... There is an issue in Eroupe with Islam. One only needs to look at all the various social problems that have occured throughout Europe (and the world...). From the Sulman Rushdie affair, to the various bombings and terrorist plots, to the Danish cartoons, to honour killings around Europe, and so on... Soemthing is clearly going on and much of it has to do with one particular religion.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By C.W
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Interesting and very well written and researched. Perhaps its biggest strength is that it is written in a way that most could understand, meaning it is not just for political students or those with a deep interest in the matter, but all, as it is all of us who are effected by the subject.

It is shocking, no doubt there, the situation seems far worse than I originally thought, but it was refreshing to see a a structured academic approach against mass immigration rather than the usual racist thugs who push such views with little to no evidence to back up, undermining their entire argument.

A read for all, especially politicians !
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Old Lady Hasn't Quite Sung Her Swan Song Yet 4 April 2011
By Dr. Bojan Tunguz TOP 500 REVIEWER
Europe is in trouble. That once controversial claim is now widely accepted, by both the general public and the political elites, around the World and in Europe itself. There are several demographic, cultural and economic trends that are going on in Europe these days that make a lot of people gravely concerned. There is interplay between all of those trends that makes them hard to detangle and pull apart individual causes of the present European predicament. Nonetheless, it is beyond doubt that the immigration, and especially immigration from the Islamic countries, is one of the most pressing political and social issues in the Europe today.

"Reflections on the Revolution in Europe" is a penetrating, insightful, and informative analysis of the history and effects of immigration on the western European countries and societies. Unlike many other authors of similar books in recent years, Caldwell traces the origins of mass immigrations to the post World War II political and intellectual trends that saw an almost complete reversal of attitude in many European countries towards immigrants and ethnic minorities. However, what started out as a slow, gradual inflow of a few "temporary" workers who were eager to adapt to their new countries, over the ensuing decades transformed into a veritable deluge of immigrants who had very little interest or incentive to assimilate. When the immigrant numbers were still relatively low and there were hardly any public demonstrations of their influence, it was possible to ignore these problems and hope that they will somehow miraculously right themselves.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frightening book that every European should read 22 Dec 2009
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This is one of the scariest books I've ever read. It chronicles the prolonged suicide of one of the history's great civilisations, perhaps even its greatest, through a series of irresponsible policies pushed by an ideology-driven political elite against the wishes of their own people.

Although terrorism gets all the headlines, it is really simple demographics that is the most frightening aspect of this problem, as the book makes clear. This, of course, is deemed a taboo topic and almost never mentioned in our political debates.

Is there still time to save Europe? Maybe - if enough people read this book.

So don't just read this book. Buy copies for your friends and make them read it. Order a copy through your local library so that others will have the chance to read it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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2.0 out of 5 stars ignorance fuels war
A cleverly well written book . Unfortunately the author uses a lot of bias to try to convince the reader that the decline of Europe's culture and supremacy are to be blame on... Read more
Published 1 month ago by estelle
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read
Essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of Britain & Europe.

I don't agree with everything the author writes - I think he's extremely generous to Enoch... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful
This book is one useful book that can facilitate students' understanding of the subject & it is definitely worth reading.
Published 15 months ago by Kent Chan
5.0 out of 5 stars Mass Immigration into Europe
This book ranges widely over the whole of the European immigration scene highlighting politics and events in the Western nations, with a lot about France, Britain and Germany, but... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kenneth Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
Analyses the changing face of Europe's society in an unambiguous, unracist and unbiased way. Christopher handles the issue of immigration sympathetically from the points of view of... Read more
Published on 21 July 2012 by Satan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very thoughtful commentary
This is a great introduction to the problems of immigration faced by Europe. Europe has a welfare state so a lot of people come to Europe to get handed a better life. Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2012 by Jackal
1.0 out of 5 stars None of these reviewers mention Jews as forcing immigration
I haven't read this book, but, judging by these reviews, there's no good reason to do so. There appears to be no mention anywhere of Jews as the main force behind pushing unwanted... Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2011 by Rerevisionist
5.0 out of 5 stars The Boy Who Cried Wolf ?
Only a writer on the side of truth can open his book with a positive shout out to Jean Raspail's hilarious French novel, The Camp of Saints (1974). Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2011 by Halifax Student Account
4.0 out of 5 stars Astute observations on the perils of immigration
A vivid deconstruction of a serious threat facing modern Europe: large-scale immigration and, in particular, the growing influence that Islam is imposing on the continent. Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2011 by Arnold
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