There Is No Alternative by Claire Berlinski
Why Margaret Thatcher Matters

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Great Britain in the 1970s appeared to be in terminal decline—ungovernable, an economic train wreck, and rapidly headed for global irrelevance. Three decades later, it is the richest and most influential country in Europe, and Margaret Thatcher is the reason. The preternaturally determined Thatcher rose from nothing, seized control of Britain’s Conservative party, and took a sledgehammer to the nation’s postwar socialist consensus. She proved that socialism could be reversed, inspiring a global free-market revolution. Simultaneously exploiting every politically useful aspect of her femininity and defying every conventional expectation of women in power, Thatcher crushed her enemies with a calculated ruthlessness that stunned the British public and without doubt caused immense collateral damage.

Ultimately, however, Claire Berlinski agrees with Thatcher: There was no alternative. Berlinski explains what Thatcher did, why it matters, and how she got away with it in this vivid and immensely readable portrait of one of the towering figures of the twentieth century.


About Claire Berlinski

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Claire Berlinski was born in California in 1968. She grew up in San Francisco, New York, Paris, and the Pacific Northwest; as a teenager she studied philosophy at the University of Washington, then French literature at the Sorbonne in Paris. In 1989, she moved to England, where she studied modern history and earned her doctorate in international relations at Balliol College of Oxford University. Her writings about politics, the CIA, and national security have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. She has also held a number of other jobs. She lives in Paris and Washington, D.C. For more information on Claire Berlinski, go to www.berlinski.comFrom the Hardcover edition.
Published November 8, 2011 by Basic Books. 400 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Claire Berlinski's book about Margaret Thatcher is part biography, part travelogue, part Economics 101 study guide and part history.

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Let us remember that not all walls have been torn down: Chinese, North Koreans, Cubans, and Vietnamese are still not free to leave their Communist paradises.

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