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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 151 so much so that it has been mockingly dubbed Londonistan. In this g ...more
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Published June 25th 2007 by Encounter Books,USA (first published April 12th 2006)
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Aug 13, 2012 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
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
Jan 07, 2016 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
Suzanne Arcand
Oct 02, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
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
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
Rachel Rochester
Apr 28, 2010 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.
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
Andrew Rosner
Aug 07, 2011 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
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
Aug 05, 2011 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
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
Alastair Brown
Jun 05, 2012 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
Wendeline Wright
Oct 11, 2007 rated it did not like it
I found this book morally repugnant. I'm not going to elaborate.
Terry Moffitt
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tremendous lessons here for America's future.
Kirstin Morrell
Jun 05, 2013 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
Mikey B.
Nov 21, 2012 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
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 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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: culture
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 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 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
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
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
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
Jul 27, 2011 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 14, 2008 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!).
Jan 08, 2008 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.
Nick Swanson
Dec 24, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 03, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: current-affairs
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.
Sep 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got a little tedious about 2/3s through. No real new revelations.
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
London is a shithole.
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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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