- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Encounter Books; Reprint edition (22 Dec. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594035741
- ISBN-13: 978-1594035746
- Product Dimensions: 15 x 3.3 x 22.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
World Turned Upside Down Paperback – 22 Dec 2011
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About the Author
Melanie Phillips is an award-winning columnist for the Daily Mail. Educated at Oxford, she won the Orwell Prize for journalism in 1996. She is the author of Londonistan, All Must Have Prizes, and other books. Her regular blog appears on the Spectator website.
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Top Customer Reviews
She laments the lack of reason and religion in Western society and the substitution of silly cults - Diana, Obama, witchcraft etc.: amongst these she includes global warming, with a detailed analysis. Enlightenment philosophers are discussed in depth.
Above all this book is a warning - the West has lost its religion and therefore its bearings and is easy prey for fanatics - but like most commentators Ms. Phillips is better at pointing out problems than coming up with solutions!
It's not only that political correctness (Newspeak) is rampant, it is that a variety of other quack beliefs, alternative medicines and pseudo-sciences are pervasive, dominating the cultural discourse of the West. Naturally, it almost goes without saying that this nightmare scenario wouldn't be complete (!) without the proponents of these objectively doubtful notions being intolerant absolutists.
In short, it seems we're back to the 1930s.
Phillips covers a variety of subjects in order to prove her thesis. And simply by reading the first few chapters, it is quite clear that this is a book in which a considerable amount of effort has been invested. You read through the descriptions and arguments like listening to a great composer's music coming to life. And it is very exciting reading a writer of this calibre at the top of her game.
Upon looking at the contents, the chapters seemed somewhat uneven as if there is no common denominator. But once you start, the link between them all becomes clear. It was almost as if I kept sitting up with every sentence thinking yes, that's it!
Melanie doesn't only provide the arguments and counter arguments, she lays out the thinking of the proponents of these idiotic beliefs which is what makes her work here so fundamentally compelling.Read more ›
I think of Pilate who, embittered and heart-hardened over years by the politics and machinations of the Roman court intrigues, was to say to the One in Whom was embodied Truth itself, 'what is truth?'. That cynicicsm and disregard for empirical reality is evidenced in our own world, made suspicious and distrustful of anything pure or just simply true if it does not fit the agenda. Melanie in fact goes further, she identifies the discounting of reason as not simply a lack of thinking, but an active process aimed at corrupting the facts and producing a whole set of new 'realities' by the new self-appointed Select who have set themselves up as the makers of the new truth. A brave new world indeed.
C.S.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best writer in the U.K. on matters relating to Israel, and the British mismanagement of the Islamic invasion of Europe.Published 13 months ago by Mr T.W.Love
Melanie Phillips is a joke but a rather nasty one at that. She is an Islamophobe and a racist who revels in stoking racial hatred. Read morePublished 18 months ago by HarmonyPoint
Extremely well researched and well written although some chapters used such advanced English, I did not know what Melanie was saying. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Catherine Kersey
Melanie Philips never fails to amaze me with the amount of information she puts into her books. She must be one of the best researchers I know. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Robert Proia
Melanie, you're wonderful! Keep up the good work. This deluded world needs you and the people like like you!Published 24 months ago by Stephen Daniel Wood
Religions are supernatural nonsense. This book takes the absurd position that the West is in thrall to a flood of intellectual gibberish (correct) so what it should do is return to... Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2014 by Giles Penfold