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A firsthand account of Thatcher's term as Britain's prime minister discusses her three election victories, the Falklands War, the Miners' Strike, the Brighton Bomb, the Westland Affair, and her relations with other nations and leaders. Reprint. $50,000 ad/promo. NYT.
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In 1979 Margaret Thatcher became the first woman British Prime Minister. A decade later she became the first premier for 160 years to win three consecutive general elections. In 1990 she resigned her leadership of an increasingly divided and turbulent government. She is the only PM to have given her name to a branch of political philosophy, and arguably the most important figure in postwar British politics.From Booklist:
The Iron Lady tells all. Well, not exactly all; her memoirs reveal little of her personal life and, chronologically, cover only those years during which she was prime minister. Her book has already caused a stir in the U.K. and will be read with great enthusiasm on this side of the Atlantic not only by people involved in government, but also by general readers keen on foreign affairs. The first woman prime minister of Britain was never known for sugarcoating, and her remembrance of her 11-year tenure at No. 10 Downing Street is defined not only by its wealth of details about her activities as head of the government, but also by her unequivocal opinions about world-important events she participated in and history-changing individuals she encountered. Would we expect anything else but outspokenness from Thatcher as she reviews, analyzes, explains, and defends her policies and procedures, domestic and foreign, during her controversial presiding over Britain's disestablishment of socialism and resurgence as a world power? Highlights of her recollections include her comments on the Falklands War ("The significance . . . was enormous, both for Britain's self-confidence and for [its] standing in the world") and the reunification of Germany ("Germany is . . . by its very nature a destabilizing rather than a stabilizing force in Europe"). One has to admire her for her honesty, integrity, and stick-to-her-guns attitude. Brad Hooper
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Book Description Harper Collins Publishers, London, 1993. Full leather. Condition: Fine. Limited Edition. Octavo, [xiv] 914pp, blue morocco, gilt title on spine, five raised bands. All gilt leafs, clean pages. Sewn-in silk bookmark. Publishers matching slipcase. This is a limited edition of 250 signed copies, this being number 69. It is signed by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on the title page in blue pen. This is a scarce copy of the set of finely bound, blue leather editions of the works of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Seller Inventory # 449