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The Downing Street Years

The Downing Street Years

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by Margaret Thatcher
     
 

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Not since Winston Churchill has any British head of state had as close or as influential a role in U.S. politics and world events as Margaret Thatcher. This first volume of her memoirs contains the whole of her time as Prime Minister. Reading her own work, in her characteristically forthright style, Lady Thatcher gives full and frank accounts of her dealings with U.S.

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Not since Winston Churchill has any British head of state had as close or as influential a role in U.S. politics and world events as Margaret Thatcher. This first volume of her memoirs contains the whole of her time as Prime Minister. Reading her own work, in her characteristically forthright style, Lady Thatcher gives full and frank accounts of her dealings with U.S. presidents and other world leaders.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Fans of Britain's first woman prime minister may have already purchased this fact-filled but ultimately self-serving memoir. Key events of Thatcher's 11-year reign--the alliance with Reagan, the Falklands/Malvinas War, the 1984-1985 miners' strike, conflict within the European Community, and so on--are described in exhaustive detail. There is little attempt to provide a balanced or subtle portrait of a controversial administration. Although, for the most part, the book's prose style is rather pedantic, Thatcher's unique personality nevertheless shines through. The gist of her approach is conveyed in the chapter titles--``The World Turned Right Side Up,'' ``Disarming the Left,'' ``No Time To Go Wobbly.'' Yet even Thatcher's harshest critics will find this book informative and revealing. The book contains over 50 photographs, some in color. A second volume, devoted to her life prior to the 1979 election that brought her to No. 10 Downing Street, is promised. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/93.-- Kent Worcester, Social Science Research Council, New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060925635
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/1995
Pages:
928

Meet the Author

Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first woman Prime Minister in 1979, a post she held for eleven and a half years. She was leader of the Conservative Party for fifteen years, from 1975 to 1990. She was the only British Prime Minister of the twentieth century to win three consecutive general elections. Her partnership with President Ronald Reagan was the driving force of a conservative revolution that transformed the political landscape of the West, achieved a crushing defeat of Communism, and so brought liberty and prosperity within the grasp of millions who had never known them.

Since leaving office, Mrs. Thatcher has written two volumes of memoirs -- The Downing Street Years and The Path to Power. She has traveled extensively in America, Europe and Asia, delivering lectures on international issues and keeping in touch with world leaders. She also plays a continuing role in British political affairs.

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