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The British dream: successes and failures of post-war immigration

The British dream: successes and failures of post-war immigration

Goodhart, David, author

One of Britain's most influential centre-left thinkers examines UK immigration policy and argues that there have been unforeseen consequences which urgently need to be addressed

Hardback, Book. English.
Published London: Atlantic Books, 2013

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Statement of responsibility: David Goodhart
ISBN: 0857899759, 1843548054, 9780857899750, 9781843548058
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xxxi, 381 pages ; 25 cm
Subject: National characteristics, British.; Great Britain Social conditions 1945-; Great Britain Emigration and immigration Government policy.; Immigrants Cultural assimilation Great Britain.; Society.

Author note

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.


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... By writing his exceptionally important book he has played a major role in helping Britain end our long, unhealthy period of silence about a great issue which is certain to fundamentally shape our national future.
Daily Telegraph||The British Dream is an important contribution to any durable "one nation" politics... I hope the book will be widely read
New Statesman||Intelligent and well-reasoned
Sunday Times||An important study of postwar immigration into the UK
Spectator||This is an important book, and it throws up complex questions
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.
Financial Times||A fluent and thoughtful contribution
The Times||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||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||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