How Civilizations Die (and Why Islam Is Dying Too)

  • by David Goldman
  • Narrated by Tom Weiner
  • 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Past and present civilizations failed and fail for many reasons, but the number-one predictor of a civilization’s survival is its sense of religion—or lack thereof. So argues First Things columnist David Goldman in How Civilizations Die (and Why Islam Is Dying Too).
The strength of a civilization’s religion affects its purpose, its fertility rate, and ultimately, its fate, says Goldman—who then argues that, contrary to popular belief, Islamic countries are in the last throes of death while Christian America is in a position to flourish. Goldman goes on to say that America must embrace our exceptionalism and stop trying to save Muslim countries that are determined to destroy themselves.
Original, stunning, and provocative, How Civilizations Die shows the power of religion to save—or doom—a society and why, if we stick to our principles, we will emerge as leader of another American century.


What the Critics Say

"David Goldman muses on population trends and religion with a breathtaking depth, originality, and panache." (Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum)


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Customer Reviews

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Is this really the future?

The week I first started listening to this book, the President of Iran came forward to tell his population to have more babies. From then on, this book had my attention as statistical truth.

There are many things you cannot argue with and, numbers and data are one. Goldman lays out the future of many of our world's civilizations through the use of demographics. From there, he offers a few explanations for why many civilizations are willing themselves out of existence.

For instance, the change in attitude of children now becoming a financial liability rather than an asset. When a society reveres children as an expense, these are the first signs that the civilization is on its way to decline, if not extinction.

Whether you agree with Goldman or not, this is certainly a read that will make you think. Highly recommend this thought provoking book.
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- Darcy

Want to know how the world really works? A must

If you could sum up How Civilizations Die (and Why Islam Is Dying Too) in three words, what would they be?

Humans abandon truth

What was one of the most memorable moments of How Civilizations Die (and Why Islam Is Dying Too)?

The realization that we can't ignore fundamental truths

Have you listened to any of Tom Weiner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Guaranteed to make you sick

Any additional comments?

History can be interpreted many ways, but few if any interpretations make as much sense as this work.

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- Chet "Grateful"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-22-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.