The Margaret Thatcher by Charles Moore
Not for Turning Volume One: The Authorized Biography

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...it immensely adds to our knowledge and understanding of the longest-reigning prime minister of the democratic age.
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Not For Turning is the first volume of Charles Moore's authorized biography of Margaret Thatcher, the longest serving Prime Minister of the twentieth century and one of the most influential political figures of the postwar era. Charles Moore's biography of Margaret Thatcher, published after her death on 8 April 2013, immediately supersedes all earlier books written about her. At the moment when she becomes a historical figure, this book also makes her into a three dimensional one for the first time. It gives unparalleled insight into her early life and formation, especially through her extensive correspondence with her sister, which Moore is the first author to draw on. It recreates brilliantly the atmosphere of British politics as she was making her way, and takes her up to what was arguably the zenith of her power, victory in the Falklands. (This volume ends with the Falklands Dinner in Downing Street in November 1982.) Moore is clearly an admirer of his subject, but he does not shy away from criticising her or identifying weaknesses and mistakes where he feels it is justified. Based on unrestricted access to all Lady Thatcher's papers, unpublished interviews with her and all her major colleagues, this is the indispensable, fully rounded portrait of a towering figure of our times.
 

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Published May 21, 2013 by Vintage. 922 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, History, Travel.
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Reviewed by Andrew Rawnsley on Apr 27 2013

...it immensely adds to our knowledge and understanding of the longest-reigning prime minister of the democratic age.

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Reviewed by Nicholas Watt on Apr 22 2013

Moore illustrates Thatcher's active involvement in negotiations with the IRA...

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Reviewed by Annalisa Quinn on Jun 20 2013

But Margaret Thatcher is so expansive, so sophisticated and so well-written that it's hard to be overly upset by occasional and slight incursions of Moore's personal views.

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