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Margaret Thatcher: The Autobiography Paperback – April 9, 2013
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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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I didn't read the earlier volumes, but one obvious omission from this book is any mention in the text of the Channel Tunnel rail link between Britain and France, although there is a photo of a ceremony completing the agreement to start the project, which was eventually completed after Maggie left office. Noticing her comment near the end of the book about how she originally hoped to win a fourth term in office, but to retire mid-term, it may be that she was thinking of retiring after the tunnel opening ceremony, which would have been a great way to finish. Again, the tunnel is not mentioned. (I looked up a copy of The Downing Street Years in a local shop, and there is only a brief passing mention of the project there, so Maggie didn't think it was important enough for the book.)
The tunnel aside, I think all the other issues that matter are covered, up to and including her ousting in 1992.Read more ›
This is actually the first volume of Margaret Thatcher's books to be published; the prequel is 'The Path to Power' and there is a follow-up, 'The Collected Speeches', but for those interested, 'The Downing Street Years' is the book to have.
It begins with the 1979 General Election, and carries forward to her resignation as Prime Minister a decade later. In this volume are her perspectives on all the various Cabinet intrigues, shuffles and reshuffles; her attempts to find civil servants and other helpers who were not of the old guard but of a new mentality, often asking, 'Is he one of us?' by which she meant, not is he a Conservative, but rather, will he get something accomplished, is he a do-er?
Thatcher's perspectives on the various scandals and inter-Cabinet fighting makes for interesting reading -- she is candid in her likes and dislikes among her Cabinet colleagues. Her final row with Geoffrey Howe, who delivered a scathing speech in the HoC that mostly prompted the leadership crisis, is enlightening. (I've not seen his version, if one exists--it would be good to compare the two sides.) She was very disappointed at the end when she thought she had the continued support of the party, but each of her ministers and 'friends' told her in turn that while he supported her, others would not.Read more ›
In her own words, she recounts her amazing life story in politics, and the enormous challenges she faced and overcame. It explains her determination to eradicate extreme unionism and socialism that had become ingrained in Britain and which had resulted in a nation suffering from the "british disease". Her determination, drive and energy to bring immense change to Britain, and to positively change the mindset of a nation that was in a mess when she was first elected Prime Minister in May 1979, shows why she will go down in history as the greatest post-war leader in Britain, a leader who also influenced the international political landscape like no others had done before her.
To the end, Maggie Thatcher remained true to her beliefs. After all her achievements, she rightfully felt betrayed and let down by her own cabinet who, in effect, lost faith and shafted her, despite her having delivered three successive Tory election victories.
Margaret Thatcher allows readers to understand that all she ever wanted to do was to improve the lives of, and opportunities for, the British people, and to preserve the democratic way in Britain and around the world. Her story shows why she has truly been the greatest leader of our time.
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Great autobiography of a major political leader of the 21st century. It also makes you realize how the common thoughts of the time prior to her arrival were so wrong. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Giovanni Valeri
Good product use it a lot in the shop save time would recommend itPublished 5 months ago by marc mandatasingh
I was looking for less political information and more about her attitude and ideas. Because I don't really understand the English political system I was often confused.Published 7 months ago by Judy Bonham
Personal recollection. Better in my opinion than an attempted objectivity.Published 15 months ago by Tibor Hrnko
I was a child in South Africa during the late 1970's and early 1980's ... finishing up my schooling in 1991. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Paul Cluer
I liked learning more about MT and the way she influenced Politics in Britain and worldwide. I had not fully known about all the good she did. e.g. The Miners strike. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Wally
An easy to read book on a fantastic public figure. A terrific book for anyone interested in history or politics.Published 21 months ago by Matthew Saletta