My books
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Surrender  Doubleday, 2009; Anchor paperback, 2010

"Bawer is unquestionably correct, and that fact is quite simply terrifying." - Stephen Pollard, New York Times Book Review

"Sublimely literate and immensely important and urgent book." - Booklist (boxed, starred review)

"An alarming, depressing, brilliant and remarkably courageous book." - Martin Sieff, Washington Times

"Bruce Bawer has yet again written an excellent book....I truly hope that it will serve as an eye-opener for everyone." - Geert Wilders

“Written with an urgency and clarity that makes it hard to stop reading and re-reading it. It should be studied by all who wish to understand the forces at work in the West that make an Islamic ‘House of Peace’ a brewing nightmare.” - Ayaan Hirsi Ali

"With courage and verve, Bruce Bawer builds the case for how 'the West is on the road to sharia'....Bawer rousingly and rightly argues that the West’s unwavering principle must be 'a refusal to sacrifice or compromise liberty - no matter what.'" - Daniel Pipes, Director, Middle East Forum

 "Liberals should be in the forefront of the defense of free expression against the deeply disturbing threats Bruce Bawer documents."
- Ron Rosenbaum, author of Explaining Hitler and The Shakespeare Wars

"...the most controversial gay author in modern history."  - Lynne Cohen, Jewish Tribune

While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West from Within Doubleday, 2006; Broadway Books paperback, 2007 

A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist



"A book of the utmost importance, full of deep concern for Europe and almost unbelievable revelations for most Americans.”  - Booklist

Europeans would do well to heed Mr. Bawer's advice and open their eyes.” - Abraham H. Foxman, National Director, Anti-Defamation League

I have read no argument or book more viscerally convincing on this subject.”
- Roger L. Simon,

“A clarion call for the West to understand the radical threat to our freedoms from politicized fundamentalist Islam.” - Andrew Sullivan

“Must-read book….timely and incisive...Bawer describes a landscape of dysfunction.” - Carlin Romano, Philadelphia Inquirer

Indispensable.” - J. Peder Zane, Raleigh News and Observer

Bawer makes his case moderately but eloquently and powerfully. Will Europeans heed his warning?”  - Daniel Pipes

stunner of a book.”  -Andre Zantonavitch, The American Thinker

Some books are merely important.  This one is necessary.” - Jonathan Rauch

The sweeping and dramatic shift going on in Europe is chronicled to stunning enlightening as it is disturbing....if you want to understand the car burnings, the killings over cartoons and films, and other outrages sure to come, you won't do any better than While Europe Slept.”
- Scott C. Yates,
Rocky Mountain News

In a sane world, it would be required reading in all European and American universities.”  - Robert Spencer

“Riveting, disturbing, fascinating, chilling, and shocking....required reading for anyone who wants to understand how militant Islam has insinuated itself into the heart of the West.” - Steven Emerson

A sensitive and sober portrait of an increasingly insensitive and reckless continent.”  - Victor Davis Hanson

Blødende og intelligent indignation, fuld af skammelige og skarpe observationer.” - Klaus Wivel, Weekendavisen (Denmark)

Deeply thoughtful, persuasive and beautifully written." - Douglas Murray, Social Affairs Unit Web Review

Mientras Europa duerme  Gota a Gota, 2007
Traducción de Isabel González-Gallarza


"Un libro valiente, complejo y claro a la vez, y además ameno como pocos. Se lee de un tirón, sin exageración de ninguna clase. No dejen de precipitarse a comprarlo, ahora mismo, en la librería más próxima. De lectura obligatoria." - José María Marco, Libertad Digital

Terwijl Europa Sliep  Meulenhoff, 2006
Vertaald door Thijs Bartels


...uitstekend geschreven...een boek dat iedereen in Europa zou moeten lezen. - De Leestafel



Sov sødt, Europa  Trykkefrihedsselskabet , 2008
Oversat af Jens Christian Bech Pedersen
Forord af Henryk Broder

"Bruce Bawers bog er pligtlæsning for enhver, der vil orientere sig om, hvad der sker med Europa i dag. Og det er uhyggeligt. Det er måske den vigtigste bog skrevet i mange år. Og som iagttager udefra kan Bawer lettere se og diagnosticere, hvad der foregår." - Henrik Gade Jensen, Jyllands-Posten







Stealing Jesus: How Fundamentalism Betrays Christianity Crown, 1997; Three Rivers paperback, 1998


"Bawer's graceful prose and lucid insights make this a must-read book for anyone concerned with the relationship of Christianity to contemporary American culture."   -
Publishers Weekly

"Groundbreaking." - Library Journal.

"Bawer lauds liberal Christianity as the essence of the Gospel, the kind of religion that Jesus would both recognize and practice because he preached it.  This is a passionate, articulate, timely, and utterly useful book."  - Peter J. Gomes,
Wilson Quarterly

"An adventure in American religious thought, exciting and intelligent." - Booklist.

"Stealing Jesus may prove of value simply for its clear exposition of what today's American 'fundamentalists' believe and want to do. Bawer's readers will no longer be able to greet that term with a condescending smile. The Church of Law, as he convincingly demonstrates, does not debate, and it takes no prisoners." - Walter Kendrick, New York Times Book Review.   Link to Kendrick's review.

A Place at the Table: The Gay Individual in American Society  Simon & Schuster, 1993; paperback 1994

"Courageous and thought- provoking."  - Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, New York Times Book Review.  

"If there is one book about homosexuality and gay rights that everyone should read, it is probably this one."  - John Fink,
Chicago Tribune

"Powerful and important...the blockbuster of the season." - Steve Petrow, The Advocate.

"Challenging and compulsively readable...tightly reasoned and responsible." - Bob Summer, Lambda Book Report.

"Courageous."  - Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World.

"A quiet, dispassionate voice trying to be heard above the din." - John Heidenry, New York Daily News.

"Brings cool reasoning to the heated battlefield of gay rights....Rigorous, eloquent and full of good sense...a timely arrival in a debate that needs more reason and less rancor." - Steve Murray,
Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"One of the most sensible assessments of the gay rights movement that's ever been written, as well as one of the most eloquent arguments for acceptance of gays that's ever been made." - Frank Bruni,
Detroit Free Press

"Of all the sinkholes in American politics, the debate over homosexuality is the rankest....With the bracingly rational passion of a writer who can think and feel at the same time, [Bawer] charts a path out of the swamp." - Jonathan Rauch, Wall Street Journal.

"Eloquent...This could be the crossover book many have been waiting for -- plain and sane talk about a complex issue...[that] should be the starting point for all future debate."  - Kirkus Reviews.

Prophets and Professors  Story Line Press, 1995

"A rare pleasure: a richly detailed, erudite, and non-academic (huzza!) critique...that is positively thrilling in its unabashed love of poetry and commitment to the project of restoring some semblance of order to its chaos....."  -Booknews

"Bawer is one of the appallingly few American literary journalists whose work repays the reading; he is an intelligent, independent, tough- minded critic and a clear-eyed observer of literary affairs." - Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post


"Immensely readable...Provocative and entertaining, filled with intelligence and fight." - Andrea Barnet, New York Times Book Review   

Link to Barnet's review

Includes essays on Emily Dickinson, H.D., W.C. Williams, Wallace Stevens, Conrad Aiken, I.A. Richards, Louise Bogan, Delmore Schwartz, Randall Jarrell, John Berryman, Dylan Thomas, the Beats, Allen Ginsberg (discussed here), Sylvia Plath, Richard Wilbur, Donald Justice, Helen Vendler, Dave Smith, Vikram Seth, formal poetry, literary interviews, PBS's Voices and Visions, plus short reviews.

Coast to Coast: Poems  Story Line Press, 1993

Named the year's best first book of poetry by the Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook.  Excerpts here.






Beyond Queer: Challenging Gay Left Orthodoxy (editor)  Free Press, 1996

"Marks the end of radical dominance in gay politics and culture, the beginning of a pragmatic and democratic approach to gay issues."  - Ray Olson, Booklist.  

Includes essays by Bawer, John W. Berresford, David Boaz, Stephen H. Chapman, Mel Dahl, David Link, Carolyn Lochhead, Daniel Mendelsohn, Stephen H.Miller, Jonathan Rauch, Andrew Sullivan, Paul Varnell,  Norah Vincent, John Weir.

(Essays from Beyond Queer, plus other work by the same writers, can be found at the
Independent Gay Forum website.)


Innocence  Aralia Press, 1988





No longer available:

House and Home (with Steve Gunderson and Rob Morris)   Dutton, 1996



The Aspect of Eternity    Graywolf Press, 1993

"...a literary essayist of the highest order." - Kirkus Reviews.


The Screenplay's the Thing   Shoe String Press, 1992



Diminishing Fictions   Graywolf Press, 1988  




The Contemporary Stylist   Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 987




The Middle Generation: The Lives and Poetry of Delmore Schwartz, Randall Jarrell, John Berryman, and Robert Lowell   Shoe String Press, 1987   

"A critic of the first order, one of the best we have today." - Robert Phillips, Commonweal.