I am far too young to be able to remember Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister. However, I have done extensive research into her, and whilst I would never have voted for her, I do respect the fact that she was a great leader, public speaker and had the strength to carry out her convictions. I might be of the opinion that she did more bad than good, but I'm not narrow-minded enough to see her considerable strengths.
I read 'The Downing Street Years' several years ago, and despite it being perhaps a little too long, I thought that it was an excellent political memoir, and a fascinating insight into the mind of Britain's first woman Prime Minister.
The book is self serving (but would you expect anything else?), but it is also very well written, frank and quite honest. All of the many important events that took place during her leadership are spoken about in great detail and are very interesting to read. Her final days in office also make for fascinating reading.
This is a book that I recommend to anyone with an interest in modern political history. If you are looking for an account of Thatcher's early life and how she became Prime Minister, you need her other book: 'The Path To Power'.
Margaret Thatcher died yesterday, love her or loathe her, she will be remembered (for both good and bad) forever.