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3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  372 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
The suicide bombings carried out in London in 2005 by British Muslims revealed an enormous fifth column of Islamist terrorists and their sympathizers. Under the noses of British intelligence, London has become the European hub for the promotion, recruitment and financing of Islamic terror and extremism - so much so that it has been mockingly dubbed Londonistan. In this gro ...more
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Published May 2nd 2007 by Encounter Books (first published April 12th 2006)
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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
May 04, 2015 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jennifer Jacobs
A superb book!
When I read this book,what I thought was:This is what happens when you appease some1 hellbent on world domination and subjugation of others!!
1938 was a huge mistake,of appeasing Hitler by the same feckless British leadership,Brits and rest of the world paid a heavy price for this grave mistake!
It happened again!Europeans have become complacent post WW2,partly due to revulsion of European Nationalist politics which resulted in the Holocaust and due to America becoming a world superp
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
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
Andrew Rosner
Aug 07, 2011 Andrew Rosner rated it really liked it
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
Rachel Rochester
Apr 28, 2010 Rachel Rochester rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Terry Moffitt
Aug 07, 2011 Terry Moffitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tremendous lessons here for America's future.
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
Aug 05, 2011 emma rated it did not like it
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
Mikey B.
May 21, 2013 Mikey B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: england, islam, journalism
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
Kirstin Morrell
Jun 05, 2013 Kirstin Morrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 17, 2008 Caitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Matt Pitts
Apr 29, 2013 Matt Pitts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 08, 2010 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 19, 2015 Max rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read.
I have been lived in London since 2004, and couldn’t agree more with the thesis exposed in Londonistan. Britain is the main centre of militant Islam. The causes: vacuum left by the collapse of Christianity and traditional national values, Britain loss of confidence in its own identity, values, constitution and institutions, the politically correct inertia of London establishment that dares not confront religious extremists (preachers of hate, such as Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada, were a
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
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
Jan 07, 2016 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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!).
Jul 27, 2011 Kash rated it liked it
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!
Jan 20, 2008 Shiloh rated it liked it  ·  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.
James Perkins
Controversial writer and journalist Melanie Phillips wrote this book after the London suicide bombings in 2005 as an exposé of the failure of the British authorities to prevent fundamentalist Muslim radicals from infiltrating the UK and using London as an international base of operations, and destroying British culture in an attempt to Islamise the entire country. When you first hear this, it sounds almost ridiculous, but she builds her case well, with compelling arguments and plenty of research ...more
Dec 16, 2015 Arvind rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an Indian liberal, was often perplexed by the stand taken by a lot of 'left-liberals'. The same act of intolerance/violence perpetrated by different religions would be reported differently in the media. Any attempts to correct the narrative or even an honest attempt to understand and question for the reasons behind it would be shouted down by name-calling and abuses.
The recent statements by Donald Trump on closing borders of USA made me wonder - "Why at all did he need to give that sort of st
Denise Spicer
Dec 02, 2015 Denise Spicer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
The author of this 2006 book does an excellent job of analyzing and critiquing events in Britain (and Western countries in general) in the last several decades in regards to their Muslim immigrant minorities. She makes an excellent case for the view that Britain has been “midwife to the monster of global jihad.” Page 48. Because the leftist world view has become the standard way of thinking for the intelligentsia and media, many of Britain’s policies have contributed to the Islamisist terrorism ...more
Alastair Brown
Jun 05, 2012 Alastair Brown rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 06, 2013 Nigel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've exchanged emails with Melanie and she's very accessible to alternate views, as opposed to how she comes across on TV.
Syed Zohaib
I liked the first chapter of Londonistan after that the book is a drag. Melanie's points are valid but the analysis is not in depth. She is hysterical and tries hard to force her opinion on the reader. The book is repetitive and she keeps on repeating the same points over and over again. It would have been better if the book included some real life stories just to make it a little more interesting. There's nothing new in this book especially if you've lived in London/England. For someone living ...more
Jan 24, 2010 Sonny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The more I read this, the more I think London is in the U.S. ... Timely and enraging.
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Melanie Phillips is a British journalist and author. She is best known for her controversial column about political and social issues which currently appears in the Daily Mail. Awarded the Orwell Prize for journalism in 1996, she is the author of All Must Have Prizes, an acclaimed study of Britain's educational and moral crisis, which provoked the fury of educationists and the delight and relief o ...more
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