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Margaret Thatcher: Power and Personality by Jonathan Aitken

By Jonathan Aitken

A robust and infrequently divisive determine in British and international politics, Margaret Thatcher used to be the longest-serving British major Minister within the twentieth century and the single lady to ever carry the workplace. Drawing from an abundance of recent, formerly unpublished fabric from the Thatcher Archive at Churchill collage, Cambridge, Jonathan Aitken’s clean and unique biography is a full of life and perceptive exploration of the character that ruled conservative British politics for greater than 10 years and her profound and world wide influence at the historic tapestry of her time. instantaneously optimistic and significant in its overview of her governance, Margaret Thatcher: Power and Personality is made from the author’s longtime own dating together with his topic, his eyewitness account of private and non-private episodes in her existence, and greater than a hundred interviews with the previous major Minister’s political colleagues and shut own neighbors. Penetrating and insightful, it chronicles essentially the most extraordinary political lives of our time.

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Here again, she and Reagan mirrored each other – with some crucial differences - and each clamped down on strikes so effectively that the labor movements in both their countries have been diminished ever since. Reagan had once been a strong union man and was proud that as president of the Screen Actors Guild he had led the union during its first strike in 1952. Unlike Thatcher, he believed that workers’ rights to organize were essential to democracy and to creating the strong middle class that is the backbone of a stable society.

The next day, Michael Heseltine challenged Thatcher for the leadership of the Conservative Party. Although Thatcher won the first ballot, Heseltine attracted sufficient support to force a second. Thatcher – who in a final act of hubris did not return from a conference in Paris to campaign - initially stated that she intended to “fight on and fight to win,” but her Cabinet persuaded her to withdraw. After visiting the Queen, calling world leaders, and making one final Commons speech, she left Downing Street in tears.

She brings 1930s rural England vividly to life: the rituals of school and church and afternoon tea, her pride in her father’s shops with their mahogany spice drawers with burnished brass handles, holidays at the seashore with concerts at the end of the pier, her love of Gilbert and Sullivan and Rudyard Kipling. Margaret adored her father, whose life was a continuous exercise in self-improvement. He managed his shops and finances with brisk efficiency, was a pillar of the Rotary Club, and rose to become Grantham’s mayor.

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