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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

Critic Reviews

"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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a warning against Leftist identity politics

Sarcasm, satire, sincerity and masterful writing concerning the culture wars currently occupying the West. The author outlines the perils of victimhood being the highest moral virtue of this age, over stoicism or heroism for example. Excellent audio performance by the author too.

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Greatly read what he masterfully wrote!

It is absolutely pertinent today. Hope this starts a discussion and brings politics out of the rut it is in today.

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  • RBS
  • 03-12-19

This book destroys WOKE MADNESS. Read it today.

I laughed more listening to this book than I have during many comedy shows. Frankly, Murray shows the Intersectional, Woke, blah-blah, academic-term-here movement to BE the comedy show. Social Justice Warriors should be questioned - they won't have facts - and then laughed at. The only way to reverse the madness.

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  • Wayne
  • 10-02-20

Rebutting on SJW craziness!

Douglas Murray does a great job of taking on and destroying the madness of social justice warriors in THE MADNESS OF CROWDS. The final summarizing chapters are especially strong. Murray does a nice job of narrating his audio book.

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  • Nexus X Humectress
  • 07-12-19

Eloquent Explication

If you get one book this year, this is the one. Tells how social justice is antisocial and fosters injustice.

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  • Murray
  • 25-02-20

Fun but weak

Having interesting insights on the one side, on the other side it verges on conspiracy thinking when speaking of Marxism or the "left". The audiobook was fun to listen to, however, it lacks depth, rigor and accuracy.

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  • Justin J. Norman
  • 26-09-19

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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  • Christian C.
  • 13-04-20

Some light of hope in a fog of madness

The book is excellent. The content is logical, well written and shocking at times. The reader does an excellent job and fit the tone of the book. I learned about many frightening events that resemble the beginning of terrible moments of history. I used to be on the left side of politics, now I am gradually moving towards the center. I am glade I listened to this book and I am pretty sure I will listen to it again many more times.

It is refreshing and comforting to see someone courageous, intelligent and articulated enough to tackle the viper's nest that is identity politics. Murray knows what he is talking about and proves with many examples and facts the absurdity of almost any politics based on gender, race or sexual orientation. Some people will say that Murray is just showing one side of the medal, but we know about the other side, it's every where and every day in all the media. Why wast time explaining what is so omnipresent in our everyday life. Also, nobody will ever grudge a lawyer for not defending the other side.

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  • C. Streetzel
  • 12-04-20

Highly recommend

This book is a fantastic summary of the ideas that are causing Western Culture to spiral out of control. I have started buying hard copies of this book for close friends and family. I extended my thanks to the author.

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  • Paul D. Everts
  • 10-04-20

Wish We Would Use This With High School Students

Wow!! Mr. Murray does a great job sharing his views on the "evil" of crowds. Sure. There are plenty of examples of good with crowds. Yet, we need to teach our children to recognize when a crowd goes too far. Unless, of course, the student loses his / her ability to be the individual. We want students to recognize the evil of crowds before they choose to be in a crowd. I am grateful for Mr. Murray's courage. Thank you!

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  • Collin Rudnik
  • 03-04-20

Timely, insightful assessment of intersectionality

The book takes a step back to question the assumptions and underpinnings of intersectional thought, and finds it bereft of answers to life's most important questions.

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  • jumana
  • 28-03-20

Historian of our Time

Mr. Murray's detailed analysis and real life examples and statistics makes this book a great history record. unfortunately, it's a shitty time we live in with no great achievements, rather only deterioration of morality, lack of ethics and respect, breaking of the family structure, failing educational institutions and spiritual institutions forgot about God. nonetheless, it's a great book. I can't wait for next book. Highly recommended

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  • Tamar P.
  • 05-03-20

A right wing polemic

Racism and sexism don't exist apparently, it's a wild fantasy of the "victims". It'd be laughable if it weren't so dangerous.

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  • James Bear
  • 26-10-19

Impressions

Voice mpressions by Douglas Murray of both Nicki Minaj and Renée Zellwegger are top drawer!

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  • Yorkshire mum
  • 26-02-20

Fine if you don't like women. At all.

I could hear the misogyny in every word he spat out. The fake nipples, wtf?

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  • MR CHRIS BOWIE
  • 01-11-19

Congratulations Douglas, a masterpiece.

This is required reading/listening for anyone interested in society, politics, or the media.

Douglas nails the hypocrisy of the SJW's in today's confused world, and asks very challenging and thought provoking questions of the listener. His section on the lack of forgiveness for example has been something I have been thinking on for days - he is absolutely right and has made me consider problems I had not thought about before. At turns through this, I have been angered by some of the historical abuses that Douglas documents, through to heartened that Douglas has raised these important topics in such a thorough, diligent and rational way, without excessive emotion nor rancour.

I also applaud Douglas's vocal performance. His nuanced delivery of irony is a remarkable picture of understatement, and all the more delicious for it. Furthermore, he has perfected the cadence of his speech: slow enough to allow the listener to properly consider and digest the sentence, without being so slow as to be boring.

I would urge anyone sitting on the fence about buying this to dive in and be prepared to be both angered and enlightened.

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  • Dr. Stephen Harvey
  • 11-12-19

Why did your recommend this crap to me?

Why did Audible recommend this crap to me? Yes intelligent crap, but crap nonetheless. I will now retire to my liberal / socialist bubble.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-10-19

Everyone should read

I have never said this about a book: should be required reading. The best book on this topic

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-10-19

Essential listening

Thanks Douglas, it was sobering to find out just how mad the world is becoming and why.

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  • martin
  • 24-10-19

A breath of fresh air

I hope Douglas’ compassionate honestly allows people to start having the conversations they are having in private, in public.

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  • E. Gray
  • 20-09-19

Fabulous listen!

Always love Douglas Murray’s writing - this book is as witty and fascinating as ever. Murray glides over the landmine topics of our time with the ease and grace of a swan. The clarity with which Murray thinks and speaks is exceptional and this book is an absolute *must-read* for all free thinking people.

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  • Carol
  • 26-10-19

great book

great to hear such eloquent common sense. Hi e reminds us that it isn't us who are out of step with the world.

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  • Garry
  • 25-10-19

Thank you for attacking these subjects Douglas.

If Douglas wasn't gay then he might be attacked for even contemplating some of these subjects. Being a white 'privileged'' male & not Trans, no doubt there will be plenty of other accusations. To those potential accusers, I recommend they read the book in it's entirety. "A brave assault on those that seem to find meaning by ranting on social media"

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-11-19

Oh Douglas :')

The book this world needs.
Never laughed while being angered and frustrated by the content(world we live in)
Everyone should listen to this.

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  • Jemma C. Pollari
  • 18-03-20

Thorough, rational and essential

Excellent coverage of the topic, explored in a sensible, rational way. Should be required reading for all.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-10-19

A book of the moment

As the books title suggests, the internet and social media have truely enabled what may have been minority views previously, to be broadcast far and wide. This has brought with it keyboard warriors who are emboldened to drive a specific PC culture gone mad, and call out those who aren’t towing the relevant tribal line of the moment.

The book does an excellent job of bringing up the most current egregious examples of, typically far left wing, “wokeness” gone mad.

For the uninitiated, this book would be particularly enlightening to see the hypocrisy, inconsistency, and absurdity of many of the positions held by social justice groups in the modern day. The book also continually highlights the dangers each of the various examples brings with it, were society to adopt the views whole cloth.

One area I would have loved to have seen more time dedicated to is what as a society are we to do about all this. Murray does a great job of carrying the reader along narratively, however only devotes a small portion to what we should do next. Considering how much of a problem this extreme PC culture is having today on many aspects of a persons daily life, it seems there is ample ground (and appetite) to explore more deeply how we could dig ourselves out of this mess.

I certainly enjoyed the book, and Murray’s oral performance was engaging. I’d recommend the book most to those who either don’t see the problem being as big as it seems, or those who have brushed up against the social justice narrative but are confused about what’s going on more broadly.

For those who have been engaged with the subject area, and may already listen to podcasts like Joe Rogan, Sam Harris, Ben Shapiro, Eric Weinstein (all mentioned in the book), you’ll find a lot of familiar ground. Even then though, I still enjoyed the way all of the issues were wrapped together as a whole, and some of the interesting inconsistencies Murray highlighted that I’d never considered.

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  • Andrew
  • 11-05-20

Wise if ranty

What began as a bit of a rant, became increasingly insightful, articulate, provocative, and even wise. Beautifully read. The final section called “depoliticise our lives” was particularly powerful.

Here’s an passage that stood out:
“The aim of identity politics would appear to be to politicize absolutely everything. To turn every aspect of human interaction into a matter of politics. To interpret every action and relationship in our lives along lines which are alleged to have been carved out by political actions. The calls to spend our time working out our own place and the places of others in the oppression hierarchy are invitations not just to an era of navel-gazing, but to turn every human relationship into a political power calibration. The new metaphysics includes a call to find meaning in this game: to struggle, and fight and campaign and ‘ally’ ourselves with people in order to reach the promised land. In an era without purpose, and in a universe without clear meaning, this call to politicize everything and then fight for it has an undoubted attraction. It fills life with meaning, of a kind. But of all the ways in which people can find meaning in their lives, politics–let alone politics on such a scale–is one of the unhappiest. Politics may be an important aspect of our lives, but as a source of personal meaning it is disastrous. Not just because the ambitions it strives after nearly always go unachieved, but because finding purpose in politics laces politics with a passion–including a rage–that perverts the whole enterprise. If two people are in disagreement about something important, they may disagree as amicably as they like if it is just a matter of getting to the truth or the most amenable option. But if one party finds their whole purpose in life to reside in some aspect of that disagreement, then the chances of amicability fade fast and the likelihood of reaching any truth recedes.”

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  • Andrew Bishop
  • 03-05-20

brilliant

Makes some great points and sound argument, that is presented in an interesting way. Thinking about this issue in a whole new way.

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  • Dave Ives
  • 24-04-20

Finally someone had the guts to say something

I feel inspired to stand up against the so called bullies. Yeah, the water's not that cold after all

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-20

brilliant

fantastic book. really opened my eyes to all the cooked units in this world. scary times

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-20

Incredible

Douglas Murray would have to be one of the most interesting and important authors of our time. He has a unique and intelligent ability to uncover and unravel the trip wires being laid at the feet of humanity by those wanting to divide and conquer with brutish bullying and totalitarianism. With wit and depth he shows up the utter stupidity of the current zeitgeist delivering the clear and present danger that lies within acceptance of this world view. Humanity is at stake.

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  • Gary
  • 05-03-20

Well crafted

Put together with thought and question. I could not stop listening to this. I will listen to it more than once.