Children's Literature - Jan LiebermanAlthough she is now out of office, Great Britain's first female Prime Minister lasted longer than any of her male predecessors. Margaret Thatcher lived and ruled by her working class values of self-reliance, pride in individual achievement, and a determination to set a new course for her country. From an early age she appeared destined to make a name for herself. Ms Moskin gives us a close-up look at Thatcher and explains Britain's political system in a simple and concise manner.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 7-12-- A thorough, detailed, up-to-date biography of the previous British prime minister. Moskin is at her best in integrating information on British politics--past prime ministers, Parliament, political parties, and 10 Downing Street--and in presenting a well-balanced analysis of Thatcher's theories and policies. On the minus side, she omits many personal notes, quotations, and descriptions, resulting in a rather dry approach, accompanied by serviceable black-and-white photographs. The book also has several errors. Hughes's Madam Prime Minister (Dillon, 1989) is more casual and easier to read, but contains some fictionalizing and a few errors. Moskin's offering, despite its flaws, stands alone in its currency and useful background material, and will be a helpful addition to most libraries. --Ann W. Moore, formerly at Lane Road Library, Columbus, OH
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