Reagan and Thatcher: The Difficult Relationship

Reagan and Thatcher: The Difficult Relationship

by Richard Aldous

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Overview

An iconic friendship, an uneasy alliance—a revisionist account of the couple who ended the Cold War.


For decades historians have perpetuated the myth of a "Churchillian" relationship between Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, citing their longtime alliance as an example of the "special" bond between the United States and Britain. But, as Richard Aldous argues in this penetrating dual biography, Reagan and Thatcher clashed repeatedly—over the Falklands war, Grenada, and the SDI and nuclear weapons—while carefully cultivating a harmonious image for the public and the press. With the stakes enormously high, these political titans struggled to work together to confront the greatest threat of their time: the USSR.


Brilliantly reconstructing some of their most dramatic encounters, Aldous draws on recently declassified documents and extensive oral history to dismantle the popular conception of Reagan-Thatcher diplomacy. His startling conclusion—that the weakest link in the Atlantic Alliance of the 1980s was the association between the two principal actors—will mark an important contribution to our understanding of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393069006
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/19/2012
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Richard Aldous is a professor of history at Bard College, where he holds the Eugene Meyer Chair. He is the author and editor of eleven books and is a contributor to television and radio on both sides of the Atlantic. Aldous’s writing appears regularly in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times Book Review, and The American Interest, where he is a contributing editor. He lives in Red Hook, New York.

Table of Contents

Prologue 9

Chapter 1 Churchill, Jefferson, and Jesus 13

Chapter 2 Thinking the Unthinkable 40

Chapter 3 Come In, It's Freezing! 69

Chapter 4 Little Ice-Cold Bunch of Land 135

Chapter 5 Even More of a Wimp Than Jimmy Carter 182

Chapter 6 Another Island, Another War 241

Chapter 7 This Is How Large Powers Behave 293

Chapter 8 Not a Great Listener 345

Chapter 9 The Day the Earth Shook 378

Chapter 10 A Thunderous Round of Applause 431

Chapter 11 The Last Waltz 471

Epilogue Lead Me into the Sunset 505

Acknowledgments 529

Notes 533

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Reagan and Thatcher 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
2silverspurs More than 1 year ago
I am giving this book 5 stars because of the other reviews on this book. I have not read the book, but neither have these other mean spirited demoncrats (rats).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Contrary to another review of this book that I read, neither Regan nor Thatcher led to any cause of financial disaster. They did do much in destroying communism and anyone who says different is a lyer (a.k.a. democrat).
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always figured Thatcher was the real woman behind Reagan, she kept him on his toes or he would have looked like a big wusse. The fact Reagan had to allow illegal squatters to get amnesty so he could get elected to a 2nd term when he was in the ditch is unforgivable. We now have over 20 million illegals here wanting the same 'gift'. The 11 million illegals who signed the census so the Hispanice community can get more money isn't even close to the real count, but thanks to election time thats the count Hispanic PEW and politicians want us to believe. Hispanic PEW wants the Dream Act, so they refuse the leave their desks to tell the truth about low balling the real illegal count.
revolutionaryMG More than 1 year ago
Two of historys giants if you live in a land of mental midgets! They had more to do with setting the world on a path of financial destruction than anything that really cause the downfall of an already decaying Communist Soviet Union.It is no wonder that in their waning years both of these mythologically vaunted phonies spent their final days as blithering idiots,neither of them writing memoirs because the truth is their legacy and only accomplishment was the greatest shift in wealth from the many to the few in all of human history.