Margaret Thatcher by Margaret Thatcher
The Autobiography

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Margaret Thatcher is the towering political figure of late-twentieth-century Great Britain. No other prime minister in modern times sought to change the British nation and its place in the world as radically as she did.

Published in a single volume for the first time, Margaret Thatcher is the story of her remarkable life told in her own words--the definitive account of an extraordinary woman and consummate politician, bringing together her bestselling memoirs The Downing Street Years and The Path to Power. Writing candidly about her upbringing and early years and the formation of her character and values, she details the experiences that propelled her to the very top in a man's world. She offers a riveting firsthand history of the major events, the crises and triumphs, during her eleven years as prime minister, including the Falklands War, the Brighton hotel bombing, the Westland affair, the final years of the Cold War, and her unprecedented three election victories. Thatcher's judgments of the men and women she encountered during her time in power-from statesmen, premiers, and presidents to Cabinet colleagues-are astonishingly frank, and she recalls her dramatic final days in office with a gripping, hour-by-hour description from inside 10 Downing Street. Powerful, candid, and compelling, Margaret Thatcher stands as a testament to a great leader's significant legacy.

 

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Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first woman Prime Minister in 1979, a post she held for eleven and a half years. She was leader of the Conservative Party for fifteen years, from 1975 to 1990. She was the only British Prime Minister of the twentieth century to win three consecutive general elections. Her partnership with President Ronald Reagan was the driving force of a conservative revolution that transformed the political landscape of the West, achieved a crushing defeat of Communism, and so brought liberty and prosperity within the grasp of millions who had never known them. Since leaving office, Mrs. Thatcher has written two volumes of memoirs -- The Downing Street Years and The Path to Power. She has traveled extensively in America, Europe and Asia, delivering lectures on international issues and keeping in touch with world leaders. She also plays a continuing role in British political affairs. à
 
Published April 16, 2013 by Harper Perennial. 802 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady by John Campbell 932pp, Jonathan Cape, £25.

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Are they betraying their nationhood by eschewing the worst of nationalism - mutually destructive trade and monetary policies, unstable balance of power politics, extremist xenophobia and, above all, war - while retaining the best of patriotism?.

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Craig Brown in the Mail on Sunday lavished praise on Charles Moore's authorised Margaret Thatcher: "Moore has produced a biography so masterly – so packed with fascinating detail, with such a strong narrative drive, propelled by a central character who is at the same time both very bizarre and ve...

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Before coming to power, Margaret Thatcher paid a visit to Yugoslavia, where she had a meeting with President Tito.

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The Independent

About her mother, Thatcher told Moore in an interview: “After I was 15 we had nothing more to say to each other.” But she also hinted at regret, telling the author: “I don’t think I thanked my mother enough, because you don’t realise ….” If she was so cold to both her daughter and her mother – ...

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The Telegraph

The Prime Minister instantly took command, telling South Africa’s apartheid rulers that if they dared launch air strikes against the black guerrillas pouring across Namibia’s frontier, “the whole world will be against you – led by me!” Thatcher stirred the United Nations into action, ...

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The Telegraph

By beginning at the beginning, by showing us the reality of the childhood we only know through clichés – “grocer’s daughter”, “scholarship girl” – by introducing us to the boyfriends we’ve never met and by quoting from her chatty, breathless letters to her sister (“I decided to buy a ...

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Express

Heath’s name was “mud” to right-wingers like me after his U-turn on economic policy in 1971 and “sticking together” was never a sentiment reciprocated in the Eighties by “the Wets”, the unreconstructed Heathites who eventually brought Thatcher down.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Arguably the definitive Thatcher biography in print, and later adapted into a feature film for which Thatcher's portrayer, Meryl Streep, won an Oscar, this balanced and rich study of Thatcher spans her humble upbringing to her histor- making tenure as PM, serving to show varied facets of the lead...

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Metro

Charles Moore’s biography of Margaret Thatcher is an 800-page epic (Picture: Ian Dodds)Book review: From gay rumours to rigged elections, author Charles Moore’s Margaret Thatcher – The Authorized Biography reveals the person behind the politics.

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