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Guardian Angel [Kindle Edition]

Melanie Phillips
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Book Description

Melanie Phillips is Britain's most high profile political pundit. This memoir of her personal and professional life reflects the seismic changes in British culture and society over a quarter of a century, covering her decades as a news editor, leading columnist, broadcaster and bestselling author -- a period which saw her transformed from darling of the left into icon of 'Middle Britain' and the most controversial journalist in the UK. Through her poignant story she provides a unique account of her own struggle to emerge from the grip of a suffocating family background, and reconcile love and loyalty with the freedom to be herself at last.

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  • File Size: 1671 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: emBooks; 1 edition (May 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CMA0KP6
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Education of a George Orwell Prize Winner June 1, 2013
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British journalist and author Melanie Phillips has been an idol of mine ever since I read her book "Londonistan" in 2006. One of my memorable life moments was actually meeting her at a conference to promote her book "The World Turned Upside Down" at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., in 2011.

Being a fan, I’ve always wondered what her early life and her life in general was all about. Well, now, with this brief autobiography, we have it. Phillips traces her story from her early years growing up in Hammersmith, West London, through her days at Oxford, through her stint as a journalist, columnist, and editor at the ultra-leftist Guardian newspaper in the late 1970s and 1980s, and her transformation from an ingrained “tribal liberal-leftism” to a seeker of “reason, truth, and logical argument” regardless of ideology. As she says in the book’s preface: “I always believed in the duty of the journalist to uphold truth over lies, follow the evidence where it led, and fight abuses of power wherever they were to be found.” In her battles with the left over education, the family, anti-Semitism, multiculturalism, and Israel, we see her employing the moral imperatives of Judeo-Christian belief to defend Western civilization.

This concise memoir (128 pages) explores her education about what it means to go against the “hate-mongering” left in Britain when it has abandoned its moral principles. In an article in March 1997, she exposed the lack of national identity and the corruption of the left: “…there is a despairing stoicism in the face of the apparently inexorable decline of a nation, the value of whose national identity can be measured by history teachers who resist the very idea that they should teach British history as an elitist irrelevance.” "Guardian Angel" is a fascinating read—well written and profoundly important.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars melanie phillips autobiography "guardian angel". June 2, 2013
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This is a compelling story about truth-telling as previously told by George Orwell in his "Politics and the English Language". I became aquainted with M. Phillips on c-span-2, on an in depth interview where she clearly delineated the loss of reason/language over the decades since the 60's, most simply called PC groupthink, leading to newthink, found in cultural relativism, i.e. good is bad, up is down, black is white etc. This can only be confronted by an honest use of reason and language as both Orwell and now Melanie Phillips warn. Time is short. We must rally to save our own civilization!!! READ THIS BOOK!!! Oh, it is a truly good read as well. Thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phillips October 15, 2013
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Her transition from leftist liberal to defender of traditional values matches the experience of many of us who grew up in the turbulent 60s and 70s and who gradually awakened to the constant undermining lies of social justice, socialism, and social engineering: making a Brave New World where limited government, family, and religious freedoms are deemed the greatest evils ever devised holding back the human race, and which must be dismantled if we are to move ahead as a species. Phillips walks us through her transition, revealing the hypocrisy of the Left as she goes, giving eloquent voice to those who recognize the territory of a journey we too have travelled.

She is not alone.
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Guardain Angel, like any work of Melanie Phillips, is a must read. Phillips is a penetrating thinker, a lucid writer, a courageous patriot, and a Western Civilization treasure. Nowhere has she done so much, so well, to illuminate the path she has followed in the most arduous and depressing task of her illumination, losing her innocence and gaining her enlightenment while watching her country lose its. She takes you down that eye-opening path, issue by issue, while doing so at great personal cost - to her, to her family, and to her illusions. While always a joy to read, her latest effort, Guardian Angel, is, as noted, a must read for any one who values Western Civilization; it is Phillips at her best, which, needless to say, is as good as it gets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought and read this in one afternoon! August 26, 2013
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I have been reading Melanie Phillips' writings for quite awhile and am always impressed by what she says. She keeps us abreast of the culture of today and the changes that have been taking place. She warns us of danger ahead if we keep allowing certain things to go on. But this autobiography lets us know how her views have matured and how she has done a complete turnaround from what she thought her life was all about. Her story starts with her childhood which helps us to understand so much about her. I highly recommend this book. I will reread it, not only because her writing is poignant and moving, but because it is also truthful and interesting. Keep up the good work, Melanie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding a brave contemporary thinker August 9, 2013
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I have always admired Melanie Phillips for her courage and clear thinking that have enabled her to break out of the politically correct rut that our Western culture has got stuck in. I enjoyed this book immensely. It helped me get to know her a bit more and to respect her even more. It also helped me understand the very real intellectual struggles that she has had over the years and why she is writing what she is writing today. A highly recommended read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book by one who speaks the truth in an age of lies. November 26, 2013
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This is a powerful description of her journey through life by a gifted writer. She began as a conventional liberal scholarship student, but her experiences as a reporter have led her to leave the biases of her upbringing behind her. I recognize in her a kindred spirit as my life followed a similar trajectory. I began life as a scholarship student at a good university and went on to medical school. Practice as a pediatrician has led me to the same beliefs regarding the pathologies of modern life and politics as she espouses. I also agree strongly with her about Israel and the Middle East.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Needs A Paper Version
I can't add anything new to the other reviews but will state my sole, serious complaint: the book is not available in paperback. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Gemma Star
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this book to non-Muslims in the Western world.
This a book that every non-Muslim in the world should read and take to heart. Melanie Phillips is a very perceptive person and an excellent writer. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Donald Ohnemus
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story of her conversion from a far left journalist ...
Interesting story of her conversion from a far left journalist to a more conservative journalist and author after relying on facts of the family disintegration in England. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Keven Birck
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written.
The parallels with American culture and politics are striking. Some people are more equal than others seems to work in Great Britain as well as in the United States.
Published 7 months ago by teri jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful. Moving. Relevant.
Insightful. Moving. Relevant.
Published 8 months ago by DH
4.0 out of 5 stars Every socially-conscious person should read it.
Whether people will admit it or even notice it happening is immaterial, Western Civilization is slowly imploding. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A strongly engaging book!
This was a book I could hardly put down. The language flowed smoothly, and although it was objective and dispassionate, it strongly engaged my sympathies over the author's... Read more
Published 13 months ago by John Rodda
5.0 out of 5 stars A life of courage
Melanie Phillips has described the crisis in western culture as I wish I could. I don't agree with everything she says but I'm sure we could have a delightful conversation about it... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dr Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended Reading
Melanie Phillips has correctly identified that at the heart of the West's collapse is the decline of religion, specifically the Judeo-Christian beliefs from which it became... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Glen Tattersall
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of an Essential Transition
The bulk of us knows that something is wrong. Some know the wrong is catastrophic and the single most threatening element of our "Progress. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ted Lindbeck
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Melanie Phillips is a British journalist, author, publisher and co-founder of EM: Melanie Phillips Electric Media. The publishing division of EM is known as emBooks LLC ( 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 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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