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The Last Days of Europe: Epitaph for an Old Continent Hardcover – 15 May 2007

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (15 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312368704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312368708
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.4 x 22.5 cm
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" "The Last Days of Europe" spotlights an uncomfortable reality. Hopefully it will generate greater awareness, more open dialogue, and the courage to take steps to deal with Europe' s problems."

-- Henry A. Kissinger, former secretary of state and national security adviser


" An eloquent and eye-opening epitaph for a civilization as much as for a continent-- all the more impressive for its depth of historical understanding as well as its illuminating transatlantic perspective. The preeminent historian of postwar Europe has become the prophet of its decline and fall."

-- Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University, and author of "The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West"


" An appraisal of Europe' s present and future that reveals Walter Laqueur at his analytical and reflective best. Compelling . . . A marvel of dispassionate analysis."

-- James R. Schlesinger, former Director of Central Intelligence and Secretary of Energy and of Defense

" One of the more persuasive in a long line of volumes by authors on both sides of the Atlantic chronicling Europe' s decline. . . . Mr. Laqueur' s short book is measured, even sympathetic. . . . This temperate quality makes the book' s theme-- that Europe now faces potentially mortal challenges-- all the more compelling." -- "The Wall Street Journal" " "The Last Days of Europe" spotlights an uncomfortable reality. Hopefully it will generate greater awareness, more open dialogue, and the courage to take steps to deal with Europe' s problems." -- Henry A. Kissinger, former secretary of state and national security adviser


" An eloquent and eye-opening epitaph for a civilization as much as for a continent-- all the more impressive for its depth of historical understanding as well as its illuminating transatlantic perspective. The preeminent historian of postwar Europe has become the prophet of its decline and fall."

-- Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University, and author of "The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West"


" An appraisal of Europe' s present and future that reveals Walter Laqueur at his analytical and reflective best. Compelling . . . A marvel of dispassionate analysis."

-- James R. Schlesinger, former Director of Central Intelligence and Secretary of Energy and of Defense

" In the midst of our own immigration debate, Americans cannot afford to miss "The Last Days of ""Europe," . . . Laqueur has no tolerance whatever for political correctness, and doesn' t mince words. . . . Laqueur' s tone may be calm, but his substance is explosive. . . . Bold, subtle, hopeful, piercing, and absolutely terrifying dissection of Europe' s prospects. . . . "The Last" "Days of Europe"' s chilling climax is not to be missed." -- "The National Review Online" " One of the more persuasive in a long line of volumes by authors on both sides of the Atlantic chronicling Europe' s decline. . . . Mr. Laqueur' s short book is measured, even sympathetic. . . . This temperate quality makes the book' s theme-- that Europe now faces potentially mortal challenges-- all the more compelling." -- "The Wall Street Journal" " Succinct and clearly written . . . [Laqueur] says it better and with a greater degree of tolerance of nuance . . . Exemplary clarity. . . . Laqueur is neither apocalyptic nor optimistic but measured and open-minded about the future." -- "The American Conservative" " "The Last Days of Europe" spotlights an uncomfortable reality. Hopefully it will generate greater awareness, more open dialogue, and the courage to take steps to deal with Europe' s problems." -- Henry A. Kissinger, former secretary of state and national security adviser
" An eloquent and eye-opening epitaph for a civilization as much as for a continent-- all the more impressive for its depth ofhistorical understanding as well as its illuminating transatlantic perspective. The preeminent historian of postwar Europe has become the prophet of its decline and fall."
-- Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University, and author of "The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West"
" An appraisal of Europe' s present and future that reveals Walter Laqueur at his analytical and reflective best. Compelling . . . A marvel of dispassionate analysis."
-- James R. Schlesinger, former Director of Central Intelligence and Secretary of Energy and of Defense

“In the midst of our own immigration debate, Americans cannot afford to miss "The Last Days of ""Europe." . . . Laqueur has no tolerance whatever for political correctness, and doesn’t mince words. . . . Laqueur’s tone may be calm, but his substance is explosive. . . . Bold, subtle, hopeful, piercing, and absolutely terrifying dissection of Europe’s prospects. . . . "The Last" "Days of Europe"’s chilling climax is not to be missed.” --"The National Review" “One of the more persuasive in a long line of volumes by authors on both sides of the Atlantic chronicling Europe’s decline. . . . Mr. Laqueur’s short book is measured, even sympathetic. . . . This temperate quality makes the book’s theme—that Europe now faces potentially mortal challenges—all the more compelling.” --"The Wall Street Journal" “Succinct and clearly written . . . [Laqueur] says it better and with a greater degree of toler

"In the midst of our own immigration debate, Americans cannot afford to miss "The Last Days of ""Europe." . . . Laqueur has no tolerance whatever for political correctness, and doesn't mince words. . . . Laqueur's tone may be calm, but his substance is explosive. . . . Bold, subtle, hopeful, piercing, and absolutely terrifying dissection of Europe's prospects. . . . "The Last""Days of Europe"'s chilling climax is not to be missed." --"The National Review" "One of the more persuasive in a long line of volumes by authors on both sides of the Atlantic chronicling Europe's decline. . . . Mr. Laqueur's short book is measured, even sympathetic. . . . This temperate quality makes the book's theme--that Europe now faces potentially mortal challenges--all the more compelling." --"The Wall Street Journal" "Succinct and clearly written . . . [Laqueur] says it better and with a greater degree of tolerance of nuance . . . Exemplary clarity. . . . Laqueur is neither apocalyptic nor optimistic but measured and open-minded about the future." --"The American Conservative" ""The Last Days of Europe" spotlights an uncomfortable reality. Hopefully it will generate greater awareness, more open dialogue, and the courage to take steps to deal with Europe's problems." --Henry A. Kissinger, former secretary of state and national security adviser
"An eloquent and eye-opening epitaph for a civilization as much as for a continent--all the more impressive for its depth of historical understanding as well as its illuminating transatlantic perspective. The preeminent historian of postwar Europe has become the prophet of its decline and fall." --Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University, and author of "The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West"
"An appraisal of Europe's present and future that reveals Walter Laqueur at his analytical and reflective best. Compelling . . . A marvel of dispassionate analysis." --James R. Schlesinger, former Director of Central Intelligence and Secretary of Energy and of Defense

In the midst of our own immigration debate, Americans cannot afford to miss "The Last Days of ""Europe." . . . Laqueur has no tolerance whatever for political correctness, and doesn't mince words. . . . Laqueur's tone may be calm, but his substance is explosive. . . . Bold, subtle, hopeful, piercing, and absolutely terrifying dissection of Europe's prospects. . . . "The Last" "Days of Europe"'s chilling climax is not to be missed. "The National Review"

One of the more persuasive in a long line of volumes by authors on both sides of the Atlantic chronicling Europe's decline. . . . Mr. Laqueur's short book is measured, even sympathetic. . . . This temperate quality makes the book's theme--that Europe now faces potentially mortal challenges--all the more compelling. "The Wall Street Journal"

Succinct and clearly written . . . [Laqueur] says it better and with a greater degree of tolerance of nuance . . . Exemplary clarity. . . . Laqueur is neither apocalyptic nor optimistic but measured and open-minded about the future. "The American Conservative"

"The Last Days of Europe" spotlights an uncomfortable reality. Hopefully it will generate greater awareness, more open dialogue, and the courage to take steps to deal with Europe's problems. "Henry A. Kissinger, former secretary of state and national security adviser"

An eloquent and eye-opening epitaph for a civilization as much as for a continent--all the more impressive for its depth of historical understanding as well as its illuminating transatlantic perspective. The preeminent historian of postwar Europe has become the prophet of its decline and fall. "Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University, and author of The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West"

An appraisal of Europe's present and future that reveals Walter Laqueur at his analytical and reflective best. Compelling . . . A marvel of dispassionate analysis. "James R. Schlesinger, former Director of Central Intelligence and Secretary of Energy and of Defense"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Walter Laqueur has written more than twenty books, translated into as many languages. He was a cofounder and editor of the "Journal of Contemporary History "in London. Concurrently he was chairman of the International Research Council of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He has taught at Georgetown, Chicago, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Brandeis, and Tel Aviv universities. He lives in Washington, D.C. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Dr. Bojan Tunguz TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 April 2011
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The middle years of the first decade of the twenty-first century were rather rough for the good old Europe. The economic doldrums coupled with a spate of civil unrest, terrorist attacks, and a lot of social uncertainty created a very dire image that was reflected in several books and publications that were published around that time. Many of these books (such as "While Europe Slept," "Menace in Europe," "America Alone," and of course this one - "The Last Days of Europe") had a very stark and foreboding view of the current situation. These books were in part a reaction to an almost pathological refusal by the European intellectual and political elites to even acknowledge that there is a problem, to say nothing about its nature or the possible solutions. At the time of their publication, these books polarized American (and needless to say European) public opinions. However, as I write this review about five years later, heads of states of Germany, France and the United Kingdom had publicly denounced "multiculturalism" as practiced in their societies, and have all called for a greater integration of immigrants. This is a welcome development and a vindication of the views and arguments that had just a few years earlier been dismissed as belonging to the fringe extremist groups. Unfortunately, many of the trends that had been criticized in the above books (most notably the steep demographical decline of most European countries) have been going on for way too long, and there is not even the remotest theoretical possibility that they could be reversed in the foreseeable future.

The misconception that the critical views of the future of Europe come only from the extremists should have been immediately put to rest once one comes across works by Walter Laqueur.
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This book is one of a growing canon of literature concerning how Europe is doomed due to a mixture of a bloated and unsustainable welfare state, demographic collapse, difficulty in assimilating Muslim immigrants and EU corruption. This book is slightly different from other similar titles, such as "America Alone" by Mark Steyn and "While Europe Slept" by Bruce Bawer, although there is over lap between all three.

"Last Days of Europe" is a lot more detailed than the other two, and whilst it heaps scorn on the European welfare state, it's critique is much more detailed and refined than the other two. Similarly, it hesitates to describe street crime by Muslims as being motivated by radical Islamist contempt for their victims, and instead views it simply as street crime divorced from any political or religious agenda. Throughout the author seems to dismiss the notion of a future sharia Europe, although he predicts Muslims would become more politically assertive with possible controlling shares in left wing social democrat parties.

The book also looks at the European Union in more detail than the other two books, and the author's disappointment with the way it functions and treats it's people very apparent. He scoffs at the notion it is a super power in making, and argues that the EU will spend the next few decades struggling to survive, never mind strutting the global stage as a light unto the nations. The author's analysis of Russia in the C21st is the best I have read on the subject so far, and most other authors tend to ignore Russia and instead focus on Western Europe.

The book does have one or two weakness.
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I have to say that I had kept this book on my wish list for quite a long time before I bought and read it. There was something about the title that seemed a little sentimental and, on this most important current topic, I have a hunger for facts and cool analysis. I was not disappointed!

In a sense, Laqueur covers the same ground as Mark Steyn in America Alone, but without the jokes. This book is not as funny as Steyn but, possibly for that reason, more chilling. It is a very easy read and the analysis is very well organised. He looks at the history of European decline from further back than we might assume. He also examines the present situation in some fine detail that contributed to a more nuanced understanding of the situation regarding the EU and contemporary Islamic influence in Europe. There is a sense of amazement as to how Europe's post war leadership made such incredible assumptions as to allow the present devastating situation to arise with no discussion and certainly no vote.

Then, Laqueur goes on to making predictions. Although he clearly appreciates that a partial Western accommodation with true Islamic practice is impossible, he proposes that, in the end, this is what will happen in Europe in the middle part of the 21st century. The accommodation will happen between a native population that will have no choice and a `Westernised' Islam...perhaps even a secularised immigrant population.

I have my very grave doubts but understand the wishful thinking. This might be a recipe for a peaceful solution but I think it will be a lot more bloody (all round) than that.

An absolutely essential read. One of the best on this subject.
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