Londonistan [New Updated Edition]: How Britain Is Creating A Terror State Within
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Melanie Phillips pieces together the story of how 'Londonistan' developed as a result of the collapse of traditional British identity and accommodation of a particularly virulent form of multiculturalism.
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Published March 1st 2007 by Gibson Square Books (first published April 12th 2006)
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Arukiyomi
This is not a relaxing read. This is not a book to take lightly. From the cover (let alone the first page!) Phillips has you in an armlock and tries her best to wrestle you to the floor. I came out bruised, battered and I think she might have edged the bout on a referee’s decision.

If you live in the UK, particularly if you live in an area with a sizeable Muslim population as I have done, many of the points Phillips makes in this book will not be new to you. In fact, they might well affirm how yo...more
Rachel Rochester
This is the kind of racist vitriol that is destroying the world. Phillips can be incredibly manipulative -- largely in her suggestion that if you don't condemn the Islamic faith itself as fanatical, then you are an anti-semite. The gist of her argument was, "Hey, if you don't want to be a Nazi, then you have to hate Muslims!" That being said, I'm glad to have read this book. It helped me realize the conservative, post-Powell perception of multiculturalism in England.
emma
The only reason I've given this book half a star is because it appears to be the lowest mark available. If you're hoping for a balanced, insightful look at some of the serious issues facing modern Britain, then give Londonistan a wide berth. I've never read so much biased guff in all my years. Despite the fact that this book is billed as being about terrorism coming from within the UK, Melanie Phillips spends a vast amount of time on the Israel-Palestine conflict (which, 'of course', is all the...more
Michael Connolly
Muslim Immigration

The author describes how Great Britain, and London in particular, have become a haven for Muslim immigrants, including jihadists. Laws protecting those seeking asylum from religious and political persecution in their home countries have been used by immigration advocates to prevent the deportation of economic migrants and terrorists.

Great Britain As a Haven for Jihadists

• The Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights, established in 1993, opposes the Saudi monarchy, becaus...more
Mikey B.
This is definitely a book with a wallop. The author is pro-Israel and soft-pedals the war in Iraq. Is not the war in Iraq a source of both anti-Americanism and anti-British sentiment?

Nevertheless – when she does not stray off-topic (Israel) there are a lot of good issues raised. Liberals, pundits , Left (and Right) –wingers need to seriously understand that religious fanaticism (in the name of Islam, Allah) is behind the terrorist attacks of September 11, the London transit bombings, the Madrid...more
Henry
Somehow this seems all too familiar. British society, long since bereft of a moral or religious framework accepted by all, and sunk into a quagmire of moral relativism and an obsession with human rights rather than responsibilities, has left itself open to conquest by militant Islam. By persistently casting themselves as victims, and yet bullying anyone who questions them, British Muslims are trying to become the dominant force in British society, relegating infidels to the status of second-clas...more
Suzanne Arcand
I made it to page 116 of this piece of propaganda before giving up. I voluntary choose a book that was controversial. Once in a while I like to read an author whose opinions differs from mine but this time I was getting bored and embarrassed to be seen in public reading Melanie Phillips’ book.

Not that the author doesn’t have some interesting points but they are drowned in a sea of prejudices. This is not a book; it is a pamphlet and should be sold as such. It’s acceptable to use some strong word...more
Gary
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 terro...more
Patrick
This book is a disquieting snapshot of contemporary Britain, and a wakeup call to anyone still deaf to the danger of growing Islamist influence, not to mention Western capitulation to that influence.

Melanie Phillips has been dismissed as a fringe voice by some of her ideological opponents, but as the plethora of end notes for each chapter makes clear, this passionate book is also meticulously researched.

Despite what some reviewers would have you believe, nothing in "Londonistan" is racist (The...more
Gerard  Perry
A brilliant, but concise, overview of the damage that has been done to England in the name of public "outreach" to Islam and a suffocating political correctness which has come to define the UK for the past five decades. As someone who lives in the United States, I can relate to most of the unwelcome changes that Melanie Phillips-undoubtedly the best columnist still working for The Spectator-describes in her chronicle of Great Britain's gradual decline into a half sharia/half post-Enlightenment s...more
Andrew Rosner
This was an especially troubling book for me, as I was born in England and went back to live there for a year when I was in my teens. Although the English economy seems to be in a better state than it was when I lived there, in some ways England is much, much worse off. The threat posed by radical Islamists is worrying enough, but I'm shocked by the degree of civilizational self-loathing that has taken over the country. Phillips does a fine job of documenting the relationship between Islamic rad...more
JoséMaría BlancoWhite
An author that tells it as it is, she doesn't mince words. What a courageous woman!

All the people on the Left, anti-Christian, and anti-Israel should read this. Supposing that they were well-meaning, honest, and loving to their neighbors as they are to their pets, that won't keep them from being the targets of Islam. Islam hates them as much as they hate Jews and Christians. The sooner these well-meaning (and ill-meaning) people realize how foolishly they are acting the better. This book should...more
Alastair Brown
Racist hatred and alarmingly narrow minded. Perhaps I should make it a mission to inform as many people as possible that this cannot be taken as a legitimate discourse on political theory in Britain or anywhere else
Wendeline Wright
I found this book morally repugnant. I'm not going to elaborate.
Terry Moffitt
Tremendous lessons here for America's future.
JR
The scariest book I've ever read. And it's nonfiction.

In this relentless, but short book, Phillips persuasively demonstrates the tragedy of how Britain and the West have been afraid to correctly address the roots of Islamic terrorism and correctly note its relationship to the religion of Islam for fear of offending governing doctrines of multiculturalism and victim culture. Instead, Britain and the West have been made to believe Islamic terrorism is the result of disparate grievances (such as Is...more
Kirstin Morrell
An important, but flawed book.

It is a well-researched and well-written polemic. It's a tad on the long side, and does not vary in its purpose when, perhaps, a little variation would have made it a more complex and engaging read. But it serves the purpose it was written for.

While I think the author does a good job of making a strong case that there are radical, militant, destructive elements that do wish to change Great Britain and maybe even the rest of the western world into something contrary...more
Caitlin
Really interesting book about how the UK looked the other way at radical islam domestically in an implicit agreement that no violence would happen in the UK. touches on the idea of the aggressor claiming to be a victim. The chapter on the acceptance of the rapid anti-semitism in the Middle East and leaking into lefty discussions of Israel is really disturbing and interesting. I also enjoyed the chapter on recent christian theology recanting the idea of jews as god's chosen people and how that ha...more
Graham Smith
It may well me that in years to come Melanie Phillips will be considered one of the 'prophets' that sounded the alarm that very few seemed to listen to.

The author calls it as it is with plenty of research and quotes to back up her thoughts and conclusions. She certainly won't be liked my the majority but I admire her as one to understand and speak out on such an issue.

Unfortunately it is the endless quotes that make it a difficult book to get through and digest. I understand that she needs to b...more
Matt Pitts
I'm a little late to the game on this one, I know. But if anything we need the insights of this book more today than when it was written in 2006.

The book chronicles the Islamization of London (and really England) and uncovers the ideology that allowed it to happen. In fact, perhaps the greatest contribution of the book is not its unveiling of the radical ideology that produces terrorism, but of the similarly extreme ideology that refuses to call terrorism what it is.

Make no mistake, this book is...more
Fiona
Reading this left a very bad taste in my mouth. I'm giving it 3 stars because it is well written and well argued. I found much of the content alarming and I don't doubt that there is an element of truth in it. What I find frightening is how persuasive her arguments are and how easy it is to find yourself agreeing with her, only to quickly take a step back to remember what her politics are and that this is not a well balanced viewpoint. Extremism of any description is a threat to society and it's...more
Michael
London is a shithole.
Brittany
Jan 14, 2008 Brittany is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Phillips unapologetically exposes the foolishness of politically correct attitudes toward the growing population of Radically-minded Muslims in major European cities, specifically London, and holds a light to the stunning numbers of those willing, and plotting, to wage Jihad against the Western World. She will blow your mind with facts about suicide bombers and their comrades, determined to kill their neighbors (YOU and ME!).
Kash
Melanie Phillips in Londonistan describes the depressing situation of the United Kingdom. It's a troubled society. Melanie Phillips realizes that British society has multiple problems from "A soft government on Terrorism" to "Lack of counter-offensive outlets to Terror in British society". This book is a must read for every Canadian! Hopefully we won't have the problems Brits do but we must be careful!
Craig
This book was dry for me the book focused on many outliers of the muslim community to make its points which it would then link to other events however many times the connections was weak. It just seamed to jump around a lot. However it does appear that some British polices have changed since this book was written, such as the immigration requirements.
Tony
Frightening. Melanie Phillips has an openly stated agenda and doesn't really pretend to seek balance. But after a couple of decades of PC mentality in which this sort of book would have been labelled as 'phobic' it is a necessary counterpoint. A wake up call to those who have abandoned the foundations of western liberal democracy.
Shiloh
Jan 20, 2008 Shiloh rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shiloh by: Jonathon Nowlen
Although the content of this book was fascinating and often frightening, I found this book difficult to get through. If you are interested in the globalization of Islam, I would much more recommend "While Europe Slept". That book spoke in more broader terms and I couldn't put that one down or stop talking about it.
Beckel
Read a bit over 1/2 of this book. Very interesting information about immigration and other culture issues in the UK. Especially considering the conservative nature of the author. Will definitely finish sometime, but it is a kind of tough read because the author seems to draw things out a lot.
Tony
There may or may not be a core of truth to this, but it certainly left me unconvinced. It's argument by assertion rather than fact. Do you remember the first time you read Barbara Tuchmann and all you wanted to do was buy more of hers? Well Melanie Phillips is the opposit.
Nick Swanson
Phillips' book is more a statement of her ideological views vice an objective look at Islamism in the UK. For a better understanding of the various movements of political Islam in Britain, read Ed Husain's the Islamist.
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