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Celsius 7/7 [Hardcover]

Michael Gove
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29 Jun 2006
Times columnist Michael Gove, is one of Britain's leading writers and thinkers on terrorism and foreign affairs. In his column which appeared in the Times on the morning of 9/11, he prophetically argued that the West's policy of appeasement towards terror was destined to provoke yet greater atrocities. In Celsius 7/7, Gove explores the roots of Islamic rage, the historical factors which culminated in the current terrorist campaign and the Moslem world's troubled accommodation with modernity. He also analyses the intellectual roots and political appeal of Islamism, explains the factors behind Jihadi violence and places the current fundamentalist challenge in context. Combining a broad historical sweep with character sketches of key figures such as Michel Aflaq, Charles de Gaulle, Sayyhid Qutb, Donald Rumsfeld, Abu Musab al_Zarqawi, Henry Kissinger and Osama bin Laden, as well as a detailed survey of Western political failures, Gove's account is a shrewd and detached analysis that provides powerfully convincing recommendations for future action.

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  • Hardcover: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 1st edition (29 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297851462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297851462
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This title apes Michael Moore's polemical Fahrenheit 9/11, but this is not a bombastic broadside. Gove - a Tory MP and Times columnist - denies that the war has made Britain a target, arguing that we have not done enough to punish regimes that sponsor terrorism." (THE TIMES )

"All I can really urge you to do is buy it. It's a truly marvellous book about the refusal in the West to acknowledge the reality and scale of the Islamist threat to civilisation. It ought to be compulsory reading.... It's so well written that it is impossible to put down. Gove ranges across the history of Islamism, the reality of today's terror, the real role of Israel and the response of Western liberals. It's a book that needed to be written. Buy it here. You won't regret it." (Stephen Pollard, David Blunkett's biographer www.stephenpollard.net - political blog )

"a terrific oped in today's Times, excerpted from his forthcoming book, Celsius 7/7" (David Frum, Bush's former speechwriter http://frum.nationalreview.com )

"brilliant, essential and terrifying... lucid, unhysterical, informed - the landmark book that, together with Melanie Philips's Londonistan, finally acknowledges the scale of the problem before us... Gove's book has arrived not a moment too soon." (JAMES DELINGPOLE THE MAIL ON SUNDAY )

on Tuesday I went to hear an MP speak at a debate and was surprised by how surprised I was that he managed to be both persuasive and articulate. The MP was Michael Gove and he was arguing that the West's policy of appeasement has provoked yet more fundamentalist terror.... he has just written a book on this subject, Celsius 7/7... it reminded me that it is still possible to feel inferior to politicians." (Nigel Farndale SUNDAY TELEGRAPH )

"a superb book on the threat of Islamism" (MATTHEW D'ANCONA SUNDAY TELEGRAPH )

"I have never seen the argument for a robust response to the threat spelt out so clearly and succinctly as in Gove's book... Best of all is his analysis of the role that the Israel issue has played in the debate about terrorism and Middle Eastern policy." (THE SPECTATOR )

Michael Gove is one of the rising stars of the British parliamentary Conservative party on account of the exceptional depth and lucidity of his thinking. Almost alone among British politicians, he courageously opposes the ugly anti-Americanism and hatred of Israel which are currently convulsing British society. His new book, Celsius 7/7, is a brilliant analysis of Britain's wilful blindness in refusing to grasp the true nature and extent of the Islamist war upon the west

and the resulting culture of appeasement which threatens to undermine Britain's special relationship with America. At a time when the hostilities in the Middle East are ratcheting up Britain's state of denial to an unprecedented level of irrationality and prejudice, Gove's urgent wake-up call could not be more timely or prescient. (MELANIE PHILIPS )

"Attacks on Israel are merely a small part of what global Islamism is about. As Michael Gove points out in Celsius 7/7 - his short but brilliant guide to the global threat we all face - as fascism degraded nationalism and communism betrayed socialism, Islamism is a political creed that perverts Islam." (RUTH DUDLEY EDWARDS, historian of The Economist, IRISH INDEPENDENT )

"Gove does not take prisoners... Gove has done us all a service by uncovering the extremist antecedents of the "moderate" Muslim spokesmen feted by the race relations industry and its sympathisers in the BBC." (DAILY TELEGRAPH )

"Michael Gove is one of the most media-savvy young politicians in Britain. And now, with the release of this remarkable and important book, he has also become one of the most important... one of the best and most important books on the Middle East and the problems facing the West through Islamism to have been published in recent years... the political book of the year so far." (JOHN SPAIN IRISH INDEPENDENT )

"long, well informed and persuasive.... Gove provides the essential background - the origins of Islamist radicalism from Sayed Qutb to Maududi, the role of the Muslim Brotherhood and its main present-day representatives, the aims of the jihadists." (WALTER LAQUEUR THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT )

"Gove's coruscating book makes an impassioned case" (SUNDAY BUSINESS POST )

"He does an excellent job of contextualising the intellectual and political appeal that Islamism holds while examining the failures in Western approaches to the problem. This is a timely, thought-provoking and thorough argument." (GOOD BOOK GUIDE )

About the Author

Michael Gove is a columnist on The Times, and as of the 2005 General Election he is Conservative MP for Surrey Heath. He has been a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4's The Moral Maze and Newsnight Review.

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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Informative and Insightful Reflection 15 Feb 2007
Michael Gove's `Celsius 7/7' is an engaging and thought provoking text. His drive is to explain the escalation of the war against `the West,' long waged by Islamic fundamentalists. His argument takes a convincing tone by linking contemporary issues, such as the London bombings to the fundamental teachings and history of radical Islam. He traces the struggle with `the West' back to the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the reflexive rise of the Brotherhood in the 1920's. Gove reveals how the teachings of the Brotherhood's leading advocates shaped the fundamentalist views of the morally corrupt West.

After setting the basis, Gove's argument takes on a new found momentum, skipping through the middle eastern countries and explaining their activity in the radicalising political map. He aligns this argument with how a series of failures have exposed `the West's' weaknesses, irretrievably damaging their solidarity and common purpose, whilst reinforcing the radical Islamic cause. Simultaneously, Gove explains how the actions of Western governments since the 1970's have encouraged terrorism, extending the argument to contemporary spheres like the Danish Islamists cartoons in 2005 and other examples of the narrow discourse of the current media. He expands these points in light of other recent political issues, such as the merging of the Left with radical Islamic groups and the exposure of fundamentalist sympathisers in the mainstream British media. Here the argument for moral clarity comes to life.

Gove's neatly organised and momentous account employs down-to-earth language which complements to his admirable style over the 152 pages. My review may be plagued by the admission I am not an expert on the subject of Islam.
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47 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 9 Dec 2006
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I read Melanie Phillips's "Londonistan" before reading Gove's book. Both books cover roughly the same ground, but I have to say that Phillips's tone can become rather exasperating, no matter how important the topic. Gove's book, on the other hand, is eminently controlled, level in tone, well researched and well written. For these, and for other reasons, "Celsius 7/7" is the more powerful of the two volumes.

And it is mercifully concise.

In his conclusion Gove makes an appeal that we would all do well to heed:

"More broadly, we also need to rediscover and reproclaim faith in our common values. We need an ideological effort to move away from moral relativism and towards moral clarity, as well as a commitment to build a truly incusive model of British citizenship in which divisive separatist identities are challenged and rejected."

Gove's is a clarion call to all of us to defend liberty and rationality. Unless we do this, we may well find ourselves heading rapidly towards a time of repression by religiously motivated totalitarian ideologues.
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43 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brave and Thought Provoking 11 July 2006
By sagrav
Mr Gove has produced a thought provoking book which addresses many issues relating to Islamism that the media have been unwilling to cover in any meaningful manner.

I only hope this book is read as widely as it deserves as it will contribute to a more wholistic understanding of current affairs.

If you are serious about understanding the truth of many of the forces shaping international relations (or those that should be), read this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Timely and important 25 Feb 2007
Much as it grieves me to praise a book by a Tory MP from the Home Counties, here goes. Yes this is a good book! Timely and important and a wake up call to those who would provide succour for Islamists.

The book is well-written and provides background on the roots of the current trend towards Islamism amongst a cerain section of the muslim community around the world. It also decries the moral and cultural relativists for whom the West is no better or no worse than some of the fascistic, theocratic or arsitocratic dictatorships with which the Islamic world finds it self saddled with. It illustrates the real danger and the real agenda behind Islamism - nothing less than the defeat of the West and the implementation of a global state governed by Sharia Law. The analogies to the rise of fascism and the totalitarian excesses of communism are starkly exhibited here.

The book compares well with other material I've read on the subject. It is much more sensible than Oriana Fallaci's "The Rage and The Pride" (but then it couldn't fail to be!). It is more balanced and serious than Bruce Bawer's "While Europe Slept". However, I'm not sure it is as good as Nick Cohen's "What's Left" (though this book is ostensibly about the idiocy of some on the left and in the liberal intelligentsia, it's central theme is the response to Islamism).

I don't agree with everything that Michael Gove says. I think he is a little too naive on the subject of Israel for example. Yes Israel is a lone democracy surrounded by autocratic states, but it does not entirely excuse what Israel does. Whilst Gove does finally admit that the Palestinians have a right to statehood he does rather gloss over the facts regarding their original denial of that goal.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Evil, racist tripe by a blood thirsty, racist war mongerer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Shame the Author is now a "turn-coat" being a Minister in the HMG! Well no surprises he is a Politician!
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1.0 out of 5 stars At least it kept him away from our kids
Utter tripe. Interesting to see claims that he has hardly visited a Muslim country or sought anyone of who is genuinely knowledgeable on the subject. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jon the Bear
1.0 out of 5 stars Poison
The nastiest book I have read for many years. Full of poisonous prejudices, historical howlers and axe-grinding. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Bart Moore-Gilbert
1.0 out of 5 stars A lack of real knowledge
Unfortunately Michael Gove chose a subject on which he has little true knowledge. I spent 8 years resident in Muslim countries, divided between 2 of them - one of which is far and... Read more
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This really is too bad to waste words on. Before reading this offal, perform a supraorbital lobotomy, pickle your frontal lobes, puree them unspiced, and then pour back in through... Read more
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Celsius 7/7 should be required reading for all the Al Qaeda apologists seeking to exclusively blame the west for the rise of militant Islamism. Read more
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