THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER A Times and Sunday Times Book of the Year Updated with a new afterword by the author
'Douglas Murray fights the good fight for freedom of speech ... A truthful look at today's most divisive issues' - Jordan B. Peterson
'[Murray's] latest book is beyond brilliant and should be read, must be read, by everyone' - Richard Dawkins
Are we living through the great derangement of our times?
In The Madness of Crowds Douglas Murray investigates the dangers of 'woke' culture and the rise of identity politics. In lively, razor-sharp prose he examines the most controversial issues of our moment: sexuality, gender, technology and race, with interludes on the Marxist foundations of 'wokeness', the impact of tech and how, in an increasingly online culture, we must relearn the ability to forgive.
One of the few writers who dares to counter the prevailing view and question the dramatic changes in our society - from gender reassignment for children to the impact of transgender rights on women - Murray's penetrating book, now published with a new afterword taking account of the book's reception and responding to the worldwide Black Lives Matter protests, clears a path of sanity through the fog of our modern predicament.
Douglas Murray fights the good fight for freedom of speech ... A truthful look at today's most divisive issues, Jordan B. Peterson, bestselling author of 12 Rules for Life
[Murray's] latest book is beyond brilliant and should be read, must be read, by everyone. He mercilessly exposes the hypocrisy and embarrassingly blatant contradictions that run rife through the current 'woke' vogue., Richard Dawkins
How can you not know about The Madness of Crowds? It's actually the book I've just finished. You can't just not read these books, not know about them., Tom Stoppard
Whether one agrees with him or not, Douglas Murray is one of the most important public intellectuals today., Bernard-Henri Lévy
Simply brilliant. Reading it to the end, I felt as though I'd just drawn my first full breath in years. At a moment of collective madness, there is nothing more refreshing - or, indeed, provocative - than sanity., Sam Harris, author of five New York Times bestsellers and host of the Making Sense podcast.
This is an author who specialises in expressing what everyone sort of knows already and is afraid to say ... well argued, well supported and well observed, Lionel Shriver, The Times
Graceful and witty, Guardian
Necessary and provocative, Evening Standard
Murray's book performs a great service, Financial Times
Fascinating . Much of what Murray writes is pertinent and hard to disagree with, Sunday Times
About the Author
Douglas Murray is a regular columnist for both the Spectator and Standpoint and writes frequently for a variety of other publications, including the Sunday Times and Wall Street Journal. A prolific debater, Douglas has spoken on a variety of prominent platforms, including at the British and European Parliaments and the White House.