It was the most relentlessly depressing book I've read in a long time. But Steyn writes with such wit and sardonic humor, even with dealing with gloomy topics, that it was a very enjoyable book to read. I highly recommend it. Demand it from your local library so that others can enjoy it as well, or else be sure to pick it up at your favorite bookseller. Share it with others when you're done.
Oh, by the way, if you like European vacations — visiting famous museums, seeing great art, admiring gothic cathedrals, pilgrimaging to famous shrines, dining at fabulous cafes and restaurants, seeing the beautiful sights, etc., all in comparative safety — well, you had better boogie and get your kicks in now while there is anything left that can recognizably be called Europe, because soon all of it will be gone. Totally. Utterly. Gone. It'll be history just like Nineveh and Babylon are history. It'll be gone just like the Hittite civilization is gone.
Gone, as in Ozymandias gone:
… Nothing beside remains: round the decayAnd Russia, poor drunken-in-an-oil-funded-stupor Russia, is literally aborting itself right out of existence. If there ever was a "Holy Mother Russia", it had better learn once again to be a mother and had better get some holiness, and right quickly, if there's going to be any Russia left at all. For starters, if you ask me, they need to kick out of office that materialistic, one-dimensional-minded, KGB apparatchik goon they have for a president. It might help.
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
Be sure to read Steyn's book to understand better what I mean.