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With his distinctive wit and effective turn of phrase Mark Steyn continues his prescient account of the decline of the West. A little less fact-based than its predecessor “America Alone”, this volume is rather like listening to the headlines and editorials of newspapers written in 2020 and 2030. Those whose foolish political policies are responsible for the decline of the West, those who lack any vision of the consequences of their own actions, will doubtless want to ignore and dismiss Steyn’s warning about how devastating those consequences are likely to be. But for the open-minded and unprejudiced, Steyn’s account of the storm that is coming (and which has already begun) is highly plausible and even perhaps inevitable.
If you haven’t heard “America Alone” yet, then listen to that volume first before listening to this one. Find out what’s going to happen to you in your old age and what kind of world your children and grandchildren will be living in.
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Would you listen to After America again? Why?
Yes and I have. Mark Steyn's work is packed full of interesting writing written in an often amusing way. There is so much to this book that you will want to listen again in order better understand the topics.
Which character – as performed by Mark Steyn – was your favourite?
Mark Steyn is a funny man. I have also listened to America Alone, which is read by someone else, and whilst very good, the funny bits are much better delivered by the person who wrote them.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Too long for that, but it is a book that I listened to on very long hikes without ever getting bored.
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If you are a conservative, this is a must.
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With reference to the review "Short on facts, long on propaganda": This book enumerates thousands of facts, all pointing to some really unpalatable conclusions about the likely fate of the Western world in general, and the USA in particular. I found it compelling listening: Enjoyable and disturbing in equal measure. Enjoyable, because -- in this case, anyway -- truth is funnier than fiction, and far less believable. Disturbing, because my home country (South Africa), will undoubtedly suffer from the fall-out.
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I put Steyn in the same column as Thomas Sowell, Walter E. Williams, and other deeply conservative thinkers and compelling communicators.
Steyn brings a well-traveled, common sense perspective to the subject of America's decline. He is obviously an avid student of history, geography, demography, politics, etc. Yet, he offers a nonacademic sense of our nation's trajectory.
You can choose to pass on this book, yet none of us can pass on the inevitable collapse of the modern welfare state.
Finally, Steyn, himself, narrates this book in his very engaging style. I really like his radio voice, and I love his narrative voice. I only wish he also narrated America Alone.
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