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Melanie Phillips
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21 Aug 2008
Years have passed since 7/7. Alarmingly, however, Britain still continues to fan the radicalisation of its society. Britain s establishment is pretending to be tough on terrorism, as it continues to look the other way. This refusal to act goes back two decades, when a hub for terror throughout Europe and elsewhere was allowed access to British soil Londonistan. In Londonistan, Melanie Phillips interviews key politicians, moderate Muslims, academics and intelligence experts. She uncovers a persistent state of denial by the establishment entrusted with our security, both on the left and right. Hers is an acclaimed and gripping account of the failure of the way in which Britain is handling its terrorist and social crisis. The Times Bestseller & Best Book Independent on Sunday top Politics title The Bookseller Book of the week

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gibson Square Books Ltd; 3Rev Ed edition (21 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906142300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906142308
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 431,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Melanie Phillips is a British journalist, author, publisher and co-founder of EM: Melanie Phillips Electric Media. She started on the left of the political spectrum, writing for The Guardian and New Statesman. During the 1990s she moved to the right, and currently writes for the Daily Mail, covering political and social issues from a social conservative perspective. Phillips defines herself as a liberal who has "been mugged by reality".

Phillips has often appeared as a panelist on the BBC Radio 4 programme The Moral Maze and BBC One's Question Time. She has written a number of books, including Guardian Angel: My Story, My Britain (2013). She was awarded the Orwell Prize for Journalism in 1996, while she was writing for The Observer. She published her memoir, Guardian Angel: My Story, My Britain on 5 May 2013.

Melanie Phillips was educated at St Anne's College, Oxford. Before joining the Daily Mail she worked for the Guardian, the Observer and the Sunday Times. She writes a monthly column for the London Jewish Chronicle, is a regular panelist on BBC Radio Four's The Moral Maze, and frequently contributes to other publications around the world including Standpoint magazine, the Spectator, the Australian and Wall Street Journal.

Her print titles include The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle over God, Truth and Power, published in the US by Encounter in 2010, and Londonistan, an analysis of Britain's appeasement of Islamist extremism published in US in 2006 by Encounter and in the UK by Gibson Square.

Her other books include The Ascent of Woman, Little Brown, 2003, The Sex-Change Society: Feminised Britain and the Neutered Male, Social Market Foundation, 1999; All Must Have Prizes, Warner, 1996. She also wrote a play, Traitors, which was performed at the Drill Hall in London in 1985.

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An exceptional investigation into of the handling of Islamist extremism by the British establishment based on revealing interviews. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courageous, well written, exemplary journalism 7 April 2014
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Thank you, Melanie Phillips for a superb and courageous piece of writing. It is the mark of a good journalist to be able to seek out the truths which others either cannot or will not see. There is a deafening silence in 21st century Britain regarding the threat posed by militant Islam and a concerted attempt at refusing to understand from exactly where that threat comes. Melanie gives us the uncomfortable truth - that Islamic terrorism stems from deep within the religion itself and the nature of its followers. It cannot be merely put down to poverty, and a denial of opportunities to Muslims. She exposes what we possibly know in our hearts, that Islamic fundamentalism is about conquest and a determined attempt to reorganise society along Islamic lines. She highlights the hapless way that the authorities turn a blind eye to all forms of non-violent extremism and in so doing, tacitly help that extremism to take root here in Britain. It's a well-written, well researched book and Britain might - just might - be a safer place for the fact she's written it. I think this is a must read for all who want to understand the true nature of the threat our country faces.
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54 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EYE-OPENER 7 Mar 2012
This is a critical book that everyone interested in the fate of the world we live in must read. In this pivotal work Melanie Phillips explains how largely due to the appeasement policies of the liberal and left elites, Britain is becoming in international hub of Islamic terrorism, and how Islamic culture is destroying and pushing out the Judeo-Christian and British tradition in the United Kingdom.

Phillips explains how Britain "still doesn't grasp that it is facing a pincer attack from both terrorism and cultural infiltration and usurpation". Those who call attention to the threat of Islamic cultural takeover and the threat of sustained terrorism are accused of paranoia and 'Islamophobia' by Islamophiles who aim to silence any criticism of Islamism. Due to the fact that establishment of today is run by the post-modern Left that has given up the idea of economic or class equality and has instead focused on enforcing multiculturalism, political correctness and 'anti-racism', the last of which is basically a code for anti-White racism. When in 2006 Europe was gripped by the furor and violent Islamic rage due to a series of Danish cartoons likening Islam's prophet Mohammed to violence , the former British foreign secretary Jack Straw ignored the violence and instead condemned those newspapers that had published the cartoons. While declaring that free speech must be limited to avoid giving offense or insult to minorities, namely Muslims, the British elite seemed to believe it should be unlimited when it came to Muslims inciting violence.
In February 2006, Muslims demonstrating outside London's upmarket Knightsbridge suburb were allowed to call for bombings and decapitations, while the police benignly looked on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars starts well, goes off the rails 2 July 2014
The general premise of the book is very interesting, but she is danger of alienating readers by her anti-gay, anti-athesist stance. She is also an apologist for Blair, and is all for the invasion of Iraq, which will also alienate a large chunk of readers. The book turns into a bit of a rant towards the end, which spoils the message. A little moderation may have kept my interest from waning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative 15 Dec 2013
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We are all aware of the thin line we tread these days of not offending minorities of any sort - even though some of those 'minorities' are no longer minor and uninfluential. Nevertheless, the facts still have to be made available and this book may help Britain to refrain from continuing putting it's head in the sand and hoping that those issues which we seem to be fearful of talking about are discussed clearly without fear. There are many facts in this book which I wasn't aware of. I think a multicultural society ideal incorporating respect and tolerance is a fine and rich one but I have felt there is often little respect from many from the guests to this nation - and there seems to be a mentality of neglecting and ignoring issues which certainly aren't going to fade away overnight. It's strange how I found myself having to choose my words very carefully in this review. The cover of my version is different (updated?) and doesn't show the image of a person now deported who has shown no respect but contempt, I feel I have to add, for the nation which had given him a home, benefits and freedom to preach the poison which has helped to produce the terror within it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I usually take Melanie Phillips' columns in the Daily Mail with a pinch of salt but I've got to hand it to her for writing a book that presents in rather stark terms the sinister agenda being pursed by the Islamists and their sympathisers on the left in Britain today. What is equally clear is how the Labour government completely hamstrung themselves with the Human Rights Act and various related EU directives, all of which compromised the security of this country. Anyone who is interested in the ideological threat to Britain should read it and then make up their own mind. The book is certainly a valid contribution to the debate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best critique of Islam in Britain in an intelligent manner
When the day comes when our kids are fighting Jihadists on the streets of Birmingham, London, Bradford and more on the way, this book will seem so prophetic. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Czechboy
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional work
I doubt very much that those giving the book one star have actually read this book. It's a very well researched work, accurate and well argued. Read more
Published 2 months ago by NJW
1.0 out of 5 stars Loose Screws
It's great to read these books several years after they were written (this one was originally penned in 2006 and released again in 2008) because we can see how easily journalists... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Honrus Publicus
4.0 out of 5 stars ignor at your peril!
I consider that Melanie is a very perceptive individual who spells out the dangers that successive governments have placed us in!
Published 4 months ago by michael busby
5.0 out of 5 stars A wake up call For UK
The loss ;of British identity is bad enough, but the increasing risk of terrorism in our country is not being faced by those in authority. Read more
Published 5 months ago by mixed media
5.0 out of 5 stars Londonistan - The Truth
I believe that Melanie Phillips has got the basic situation, in everything she writes about, exactly as it is and how it should be seen by those who aren't blinkered by political... Read more
Published 6 months ago by michael.chambers
2.0 out of 5 stars Hypocrisy
Melanie Phillips analysis of the dangers posed by Islam are brilliantly researched and unarguably correct, so why only two stars?
Because the woman is a hypocrite! Read more
Published 8 months ago by echtdampfer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Facts that the left try to cover up!
Hats off to Melanie Phillips.
She has had the courage to say what most of us have known all along! Read more
Published 9 months ago by A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars wised-up now
Melanie Phillips makes academia look easy, but she has done all the heavy lifting for the reader, so this book is both compelling and sharp.
Published 12 months ago by Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fire brand stuff
Well argued, well documented and required reading for UK citizens alarmed at the unchecked and pernicious rise of political Islam in our country.
Published 12 months ago by Ship canal stevedore
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