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Margaret Thatcher The Authorized Biography - From Grantham to the Falklands

ISBN-10: 0307958949
ISBN-13: 9780307958945
Edition: 2013
Authors: Charles Moore
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Description: The authorized biography of the longest-serving—and first female—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  More...

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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/21/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 896
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.860
Language: English

The authorized biography of the longest-serving—and first female—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. Capturing her as a historical figure and, for the first time, a three-dimensional one, this book 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 re-creates 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 criticizing 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 Based on unrestricted access to all Lady Thatcher’s papers, unpublished interviews with her and all her major colleagues, this is the indispensable, fully rounded portrait of a towering figure of our times. 

Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
The approach, 1925-1959
Grantham
'Mahogany and child'
Scholarship girl
'You're thwarting my ambition'
Love and war at Oxford
'Is it marble, Margaret?'
Essex girl
'What a pity such a charming girl should be lost to politics!'
Dartford and romance
�I think we are both getting very fond of one another'
Marriage, the law and Finchley 'The necessary fervour'
Parliament, 1959-1979
Member, minister
'She's trouble. What can we do to keep her busy?'
Opposition, 1964-1970
'Running out of other people's money'
Milksnatcher
'The Most Unpopular Woman in Britain'
Who Governs Britain?
'The extreme left is well in command'
The gelding and the filly
'Heath will murder you'
The Iron Lady
�It is a moral struggle'
Trapped in moderation
'She does not lead and manage her Shadow Cabinet'
Labour Isn't Working
'I know what. You tell me how'
May 1979
'There's only one chance for a woman'
Power, 1979-1982
Downing Street
'They thought she was a sort of right-wing baboon'
'Cuts'
�I asked for too little, didn't I?'
Our doubts are traitors
'I cannot play Sister Bountiful'
Not for turning
'They are all against me, Robert. I can feel it'
Russia … and Reagan
'The only European leader I know with balls'
Hunger in Ireland
'The lady behind the veil'
The 1981 Budget and beyond
'We've got to move fast to save her'
The Falklands invasion
'The worst moment of my life'
Victory
�I don't think anyone else but you could have done it'
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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