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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.
©2011 David P. Goldman (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"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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4 out of 5 stars
By Rob Lokkesmoe on 11-05-12

Great but too detailed.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Very intersting concepts that I had never been exposed to. I always thought that the Islamic world was exploding in growth such that in a century or so they would take over the world due to sheer numbers. This book offers facts that destroy that belief.

Any additional comments?

The author appears to want his readers/listenters to be fully informed. But for the average person, this book could have been half as long and it still would have provided significant information.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Darcy on 10-26-12

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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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By John on 08-13-14

A book of two halves!

It starts off very academically and logically, putting forward a highly reasoned argument for the book's proposition, as per its title. The key issue is population decline (and the reason therefor).

Okay that is fine but, whether to 'pad out' the book or otherwise, he ends up giving his views about the failings of President Obama and American foreign policy, sounding rather like the lonely, ranting drunk you avoid at the pub bar!

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Dr hamid jalal on 02-20-16

very offensive book and biased book against Islam

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Balanced writing

Has How Civilizations Die (and Why Islam Is Dying Too) put you off other books in this genre?

Most certainly

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Extremely aggressive tone

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from How Civilizations Die (and Why Islam Is Dying Too)?

I won't cut anything but suggest writer to have a balanced way of writing about Abrahamic religions.

Any additional comments?

Very bad listening experience

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0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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