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Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World Hardcover – April 16, 2002

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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.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 486 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1 edition (April 16, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060199733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060199739
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Margaret Thatcher (1925 - 2013) rose to become the first woman to lead a major Western democracy. She won three successive general elections and served as prime minister for more than eleven years, from 1979 to 1990, a record unmatched in the twentieth century.

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By taking a rest HALL OF FAME on July 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Margaret Thatcher's place in history is already firmly established. She earned her place in history's pantheon of great leaders in large part through her unprecedented 3 consecutive electoral victories and the years in office they allowed her to serve, and she continues to closely follow and study global politics as a respected former stateswoman. She is as competent to write on world politics as any leader currently in office, and more qualified than many, whether they currently serve or have served in the past.
Lady Thatcher does not mince words, spin ideas, nor does she change her beliefs to suit the mood of the day. In this book she takes many positions that are not fashionable, politically correct, and will not be welcomed by many in or out of office. She presents her case on dozens of issues and offers summaries of what she believes should be done. I would very much enjoy a rebuttal as competent as her presentation; I doubt very much that I would be swayed. I had the privilege of attending one of her speeches, and if you find her persuasive via her writing, she is extraordinary in person.
That are many topics that deserve close focus, but I enjoyed her extended discussion of what she terms, "euro-land". I may be wrong, but I feel she equates the usefulness and future of The European Union to be as fictional as another land, that of Disney. Disney deals in fantasy, governments should not. The union is also referred to as a form of United States Of Europe; this fiction is dismembered by Lady Thatcher in great detail, and with arguments of more substance than those who advocate the union. She believes that it is inevitable that the program will fail, and that history will record it as one of the greatest follies attempted in history.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Emil L. Posey on September 16, 2002
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This is a primer and a prescription for US and British foreign policy. It is one of the best books I've ever read. It reaches me and is in synch with how I view the world, albeit from a more professional, seasoned point of view.
In a very real sense this book is aimed at America. It is brimming with enlightened pragmatism and compassionate realism. It fairly drips with levelheaded wisdom, running off of every page beginning with the first page of the Introduction. Thatcher takes an unassuming, almost motherly, perhaps too forgiving view of how the West let its guard down in the 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War.
She is unabashedly anti-communist and a devotee of President Ronald Reagan. She considers him to have been "the supreme architect of the West's Cold War victory" (10). In fact, she dedicated her book to him, "To whom the world owes so much." She believes "that Ronald Reagan and I spoke the same language (in every sense)" (7).
She has a deep love of America -- a connection -- what she calls "a certain idea of America" (20). This stems from her "consciousness of the underlying commonalities of the 'English-speaking world' and of its values" as well as the uniqueness of America and the English roots of that uniqueness. There is "an important truth about America -- namely that it is the most reliable force for freedom in the world, because the entrenched values of freedom are what make sense of its whole existence" (23). She quotes often and liberally from the Declaration of Independence.
Juxtaposed against this love for, and belief in, America is an overarching unilateralism and a resistance to political correctness. In this vein, she advises against making coalition-building a hard prerequisite.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By David H. Schmick on July 23, 2002
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I must admit that during her service as Prime Minister Ms. Thatcher and I found ourselves at odds on many issues. However this perspective and world view has been one of the most enlightening accounts that it has been my pleasure to read.
This is a segmented book in terms of examining various areas of the world and how they exist and relate to Britain and America. It is readily accessible to both the general reader and academic. Her insights into the character and motivations of the leaders of the past twenty years are irreplaceable and her sense of humor is exhibited throughout the account.
The section that I found most interesting concerned Asia and in particular the situation which exists in China. President Nixon is often credited with having the most perfect insight into that still relatively closed society, but Ms. Thatcher has definitely exceeded him here. As she has so deftly exceeded in her analysis of so many nations and cultures. This is not and I repeat not a partisan account. It is clear-eyed and to the point. She does bring some of her perspectives to this, but this is not about politics, the Cold War or East versus West.
I would commend this one to anyone interested in foreign affairs. In fact it is the best book I have read about the current world situation. It is chock full of maps and easy to read reports.
And if I were teaching a course in current world history this would be my text. Ms. Thatcher is an untapped resource in world affairs and I hope she continues to write. She has so much to offer.
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