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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (June 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843548062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843548065
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,703,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well-written, thoughtful and exhaustively researched, his volume will come to be regarded as one of the most important contributions to political debate in the early 21st century -=Peter Oborne, Daily Telegraph The British Dream is an important contribution to any durable "one nation" politics... I hope the book will be widely read --Jon Cruddas, New Statesman Intelligent and well-reasoned --Rod Liddle, Sunday Times An important study of postwar immigration into the UK --Sir Michael Howard, Spectator This is an important book, and it throws up complex questions --Patrick French, Mail on Sunday There is a risk in saying such things about immigration. One closes Goodhart's book, though, believing there is a bigger risk in not saying them. --Christopher Caldwell, Financial Times Like a latter-day George Orwell, David Goodhart penetrates the fog of delusion and wishful thinking surrounding the issues of race, immigration, multiculturalism and national identity. Goodhart has written a hard-headed but also an optimistic book. --Frank Field, MP Finally: a European liberal who isn't afraid of his own shadow and a British intellectual who isn't allergic to evidence... No intelligent person can afford not to read this book. --Trevor Phillips, former Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission You won't agree with everything he says, but he has made himself the starting point for a vital debate at the centre of British and European politics. --Michael Ignatieff, Professor, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University Immigration is one of the most important issues facing Britain today... David Goodhart never settles for the conventional wisdom. This book is the best guide yet to one of the hottest topics in British politics. --The Rt Hon David Willetts, MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science A fluent and thoughtful contribution --Oliver Kamm, The Times

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David Goodhart is the director of the think tank DEMOS, and the editor-at-large of Prospect Magazine, which he founded in 1995. He was previously a senior correspondent for the Financial Times.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ciara Roche on June 1, 2013
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I really liked this book. It takes a dispassionate and balanced look at contemporary migration trends into UK. Effects of the sharp rise is assessed using empirical data as evidence and the author's 'field visits' to various parts of the country. As the title indicates, there have been both positive and ill-effects of immigration, these are looked at in detail. 'Migration' is deconstructed, having read this book you will never again think of it as a homogenous phenomenon. Anyone who is interested in getting an overview of what's been happening in the UK on a social, political and cultural level in relation to immigration should read this book. Another reason I give this book 5 stars is because it is not written from a partisan point of view. It is a 'must-read' for all who are interested in contemporary UK society.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BTG on September 14, 2013
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This is an excellent book - few of us outside the UK realise ho wmuch it has changed, even since 1997 when immgration to the UK increased.

This is a book which has much to say about the continuing need and role for the nation state, and how immigration can impact a society in ways never intended.

As a canadian, I found some of th eparallels very itneresting - such as a british leader refering to the UK as a "nation of immigrants" and also in other places how the UK deinfes itself because of things like the creation of the National Health (universal medicar) scheme after WW2 - when Canada has also sought for similar justifications or ways of defining its identity.

Canada invented multiculturalism (though Goodhart gets it a little wrong - multiculturalism was not to show acceptance of the French Canadian - that is "bi-culturalism", but that other groups in other provinces, where french is rarely heard, felt left out - ukrainians in Saskatchewan and Italians in Toronto) - but what many of my fellow Canadians fail to graps is that "multicultarism" is no longer unique to Canada, or Australia or even the US, but is becoming the norm in nearly every propsoerous country except Japan... Canada and Australia just manged it better than the others (the US has more of a history of asimilation, until more recently and of course ignoring the black and hispanic divisions within it).

I would recommend this book - but it does help to know a lttiel of British politics over the last 30-60 years, and a few place names of cities (the town of "Slough"? Rymes with plough, not with rough!)
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