The Iron Lady: A Biography of Margaret Thatcher

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Margaret Thatcher is one of the most remarkable political phenomena of the 20th century. She is also a figure of profound paradox. The Iron Lady follows Mrs. Thatcher's political formation from her beginning as a small-town alderman's daughter to her emergence as the senior statesman of the Western world.

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Young's probing political biography reveals how Thatcher changed the face of the Conservative Party in a series of "mighty battles" with the old guard, tamed the trade unions, controlled inflation and unemployment and, by her conduct of the Falkland War and her dealings with Reagan and Gorbachev, emerged as a global leader. Reviewing her tenure as a combative, pragmatic prime minister with a driving sense of mission, Young, a journalist for the Guardian in England, concludes that Thatcher has displayed the virtues and vices of "a ruthless crusading leader who knew she was right and had the supreme duty to remain in power." Her accomplishments have been extraordinary and yet, as Young points out, there is scant evidence that her countrymen like her, let alone love her (she does not seem to like them either, he adds). And she has demonstrated that a political leader needn't be popular to be effective. Photos.
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Young, a columnist for The Guardian , has written the first essential biography of Britain's Prime Minister Thatcher. He has produced a fair-minded but critical account of a politician with a "driving sense of mission" who brought together "a cadre of like-minded people who would, with her, change the face of the Conservative Party and at the same time launch the recovery of Britain." He describes her confrontations with the trade unions, the IRA, the Argentine junta, and critics inside and outside her own party. This book complements Peter Riddell's The Thatcher Government (Basil Blackwell, 1986, 2d. ed.) and Andrew Gamble's The Free Economy and the Strong State (Duke Univ. Pr., 1988). A best seller in Britain, this should appeal to readers interested in European politics, the emergence of the New Right, and women in politics.
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