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.

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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

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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- RobLokkesmoe

Book Details

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