Reagan and Thatcher by Richard Aldous
The Difficult Relationship

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This book provides a lesson Tony Blair – that other British prime minister lauded over the sea – never learned.
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An iconic friendship, an uneasy alliance—a revisionist account of the couple who ended the Cold War.


For decades historians have perpetuated the myth of a "Churchillian" relationship between Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, citing their longtime alliance as an example of the "special" bond between the United States and Britain. But, as Richard Aldous argues in this penetrating dual biography, Reagan and Thatcher clashed repeatedly—over the Falklands war, Grenada, and the SDI and nuclear weapons—while carefully cultivating a harmonious image for the public and the press. With the stakes enormously high, these political titans struggled to work together to confront the greatest threat of their time: the USSR.



Brilliantly reconstructing some of their most dramatic encounters, Aldous draws on recently declassified documents and extensive oral history to dismantle the popular conception of Reagan-Thatcher diplomacy. His startling conclusion—that the weakest link in the Atlantic Alliance of the 1980s was the association between the two principal actors—will mark an important contribution to our understanding of the twentieth century.
 

About Richard Aldous

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Richard Aldous, the author of eight books, including The Lion and the Unicorn and Reagan and Thatcher, is the Eugene Meyer Professor of British History and Literature at Bard College. He lives in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
 
Published March 19, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 361 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Geoffrey Wheatcroft on Apr 13 2012

...it has some serious omissions. Most notably there is very little about that epicenter of global conflict we call the Middle East.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by John Kampfner on Mar 15 2012

This book provides a lesson Tony Blair – that other British prime minister lauded over the sea – never learned.

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Reviewed by Andrew Roberts on Mar 17 2012

Mr. Aldous's subtle and thought-provoking book amply shows that Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher clashed over individual matters. But the two leaders remained steadfast in pursuing together their most important goal...

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