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Guardian Angel: My Journey from Leftism to Sanity Paperback – January 30, 2018
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About the Author
Melanie Phillips is a British journalist, author, and broadcaster. She is the author of Londonistan, The World Turned Upside Down, and The Legacy. In 1996, she won the Orwell Prize for journalism.
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Ms. Phillips describes some interesting--and frightening--parallels between the slow and steady decline of her parents' physical and mental health over many years and Britain's slow and steady decline from a justifiably proud and unified nation into a fragmented, self-despising, directionless, thoroughly demoralized, half-conquered people. Because few are able to describe a mindless, pernicious cult as well as someone who has finally come to their senses and bolted from it, the author is supremely qualified to write a damning indictment of the West-loathing, Christ-despising, Jew-hating, Neo-Marxists who captured the British Mainstream Media decades ago, and who have as much use for free thought, free speech, and Melanie Phillips as Boko Haram. Throughout Guardian Angel Phillips exposes these self-righteous, Far Left saboteurs for exactly who they are: amoral bullies who are in fact the mortal enemies of truth, reason, compassion, and justice, i.e., the exact opposites of who they cynically advertise themselves to be. Thank you Ms. Phillips for sharing with us so many of your invaluable, hard-learned insights re the true nature of the reality-despising, self-flattering nihilists who have seized control of the West's most important institutions, and who wittingly and unwittingly have done so much to lay bare our throats to our very worst enemies. Thanks also for sharing with us so many events in your fascinating life, and for sharing with us your admirable and breaking heart. With the publication of Guardian Angel we who share your diminishing hopes for the West's survival are even more deeply in your debt.
Well, now I know who she is, as the book is an autobiography. I also know why she doesn't believe in global warming, and yet her argument against it is insufficient to change the mind of any thinking person. Yes, I realize that it's not the purpose of the book to convince the reader of her position on global warming, and yet this epitomizes her writing style - basically throw enough mud around and hope something sticks. Unbacked assertion after unbacked assertion - yes, I suppose it would be odd to have footnotes and a bibliography in an autobiography, but in order for us to take seriously her points, the book cries out for them. We do see many references to her own articles for the Guardian, the Observer, and so on. Okay, to be fair, I suppose her description of the tragedy that is (according to her) the English school system would be more fully spelled out here All Must Have Prizes, complete with footnotes, etc. I haven't read it, so I couldn't tell you.
In 1994, England was heading to hell in a hand-basket, due to the destruction of the nuclear family (she herself was in an extended family, with nearby grandmothers and aunts and uncles - all of whom had deficiencies which she is keen to spell out for us - did her numerous nearby relatives have any good qualities?), gay marriage, schools that teach nothing, multiculturalism (those darned immigrants!), antisemitism, and a liberal media bias that refuses to acknowledge the truth (herself one of the few dissenting voices), or so Ms. Phillips would have us believe. 24 years later, has the hand-basket reached its destination yet? Eh, I've never been to England, so it could be true, I guess.
My star-rating is meaningless, as with just about any star-rating you'll see for a political book. Conservatives (perhaps American more than British) will love the book, liberals will hate it, so I split the difference and gave it three stars.