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Author Moore, Charles, 1956-

Title Margaret Thatcher : the authorized biography / Charles Moore

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 McDonald 3rd Floor  DA591.T47 M665 2013    AVAILABLE
Call # DA591.T47 M665 2013
Descript volumes : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Note "Originally published in Great Britain by Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Group Ltd., London"--Title page verso
"This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso
Includes bibliographical references and index
"With unequaled authority and dramatic detail, the first volume of Charles Moore's authorized biography of Margaret Thatcher reveals as never before the early life, rise to power, and first years as prime minister of the woman who transformed Britain and the world in the late twentieth century. Moore has had unique access to all of Thatcher's private and governmental papers, and interviewed her and her family extensively for this book. Many of her former colleagues and intimates have also shared previously unseen papers, diaries, and letters, and spoken frankly to him, knowing that what they revealed would not be published until after her death. The book immediately supersedes all other biographies and sheds much new light on the whole spectrum of British political life from Thatcher's entry into Parliament in 1959 to what was arguably the zenith of her power--victory in the Falklands in 1982. Drawing on an extraordinary cache of letters to her sister Muriel, Moore illuminates Thatcher's youth, her relationship with her parents, and her early romantic attachments, including her first encounters with Denis Thatcher and their courtship and marriage. Moore brilliantly depicts her determination and boldness from the very beginning of her political career and gives the fullest account of her wresting the Tory leadership from former prime minister Edward Heath at a moment when no senior figure in the party dared to challenge him. His account of Thatcher's dramatic relationship with Ronald Reagan is riveting. This book also explores in compelling detail the obstacles and indignities that Thatcher encountered as a woman in what was still overwhelmingly a man's world. Moore's admiration for Thatcher is evident, yet his portrait is convincingly clear-eyed, conveying both how remarkable she was and how infuriating she could be, her extraordinary grasp at mastering policy and what needed to be done, and her surprising vulnerabilities. At the moment when Margaret Thatcher becomes a part of history, Moore's portrait enlivens her, compellingly re-creating the circumstances and experiences that shaped one of the most significant world leaders of the postwar era."-- Provided by publisher
"With unequaled authority and dramatic detail, the first volume of Charles Moore's authorized biography of Margaret Thatcher reveals as never before the early life, rise to power, and first years as prime minister of the woman who transformed Britain and the world in the late twentieth century. Moore has had unique access to all of Thatcher's private and governmental papers, and interviewed her and her family extensively for this book. Many of her former colleagues and intimates have also shared previously unseen papers, diaries, and letters, and spoken frankly to him, knowing that what they revealed would not be published until after her death. The book immediately supersedes all other biographies and sheds much new light on the whole spectrum of British political life from Thatcher's entry into Parliament in 1959 to what was arguably the zenith of her power--victory in the Falklands in 1982"-- Provided by publisher
Contents v. 1. From Grantham to the Falklands. pt. 1. 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' -- pt. 2. 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' -- pt. 3. 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' -- Nor 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 more 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'
Subject Thatcher, Margaret
Prime ministers -- Great Britain -- Biography
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1979-1997
Conservative Party (Great Britain) -- Biography
Women prime ministers -- Great Britain -- Biography
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