ROBERT WRIGHT

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Review: The Strange Death of Europe

"Europe is committing suicide."  This is the first line and major thesis of Douglas Murray's new book, The Strange Death of Europe.  Murray attributes European ennui to declining Enlightenment values, Holocaust guilt and an "unbearably shallow" popular culture.  But his main concern is the gulf between the perceptions of anxious citizens and their paralyzed political elites, particularly on the migration and terror crises.  A decade ago, books like Murray's were read as alarmist.  No longer.  After the Manchester bombing, Murray is on a tear.  His book may turn out to be epochal.