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Margaret Thatcher In Her Own Words (CD Box Set) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

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11 Nov 2010 CD Box Set
In November 1990 Margaret Thatcher stood down as Prime Minister of Great Britain, a role she had filled for an astonishing 11 years. To mark the 20th anniversary of that date, this three CD boxed set includes of Margaret Thatcher's words contains extracts from her speeches over five decades and lasts for more than two and a half hours. The first CD contains more than 30 extracts, including The Lady's Not for Turning; No No No; and Where there is discord.... The second CD contains longer extracts from three speeches, including her famous No Confidence Debate Speech in November 1990 when she famously declared I'm enjoying this, I'm enjoying this. The package includes a 16 page booklet explaining the context to each speech.

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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback (11 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849540608
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849540605
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 14.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Margaret Thatcher is one of the towering politicians of the twentieth century. In terms of influence and recognition, she ranks with Winston Churchill, and remains probably the most important British leader for fifty years.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Collection of her Best Speeches 20 Jan 2011
By Magic Lemur VINE VOICE
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When it comes to Thatcher, there are three types of people:
1. Those who think she's the devil (i.e. if you trip over a stone in the road, it was put there by Maggie).
2. Those who recognise her great abilities & achievements but also see her flaws.
and
3. Those who see her as God.

When I started reading this book, I thought that the author was a number '3' as the back cover is lavish in praise and the introduction is fawning of the times he met her in person.
Still, the good thing about the book is that it is essentially a compilation of speeches, so any bias that the author may have only comes across in his selection of speeches which, as mentioned, are some of her best ones.

It starts off with her maiden speech in the House of Commons (in favour of her private member's bill), which won a great deal of praise from parliamentary superiors at the time. Unlike other books/ CDs, there is also interviews and speeches from before 1979, her abilities as a leader of the opposition come across well and I daresay David Cameron learnt a thing or two from her actions during this period.

Moving on to the speeches in power (which is covered by 3 chapters), I noticed that one of her best conference speeches was missed out - 1982. However, a good spread of speeches is still there, including her 'Francis of Assisi' remarks on gaining office and the 'Lady's not for turning' speech.
Interestingly, the three sections in office also cover a lot of interviews, parliamentary discourse & other material which normally don't feature in these sorts of books and help break up the narrative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PERCEPTION AND INTELLIGENCE. 26 Jun 2013
By lawman
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Although Margaret Thatcher is now no longer with us, and despite the variety of views about her, there can be no doubt this woman was indeed a great leader and had a strength of character unsurpassed to this day.
This CD has produced many of her infamous speeches, is clear and accurate, and takes you back to those days when they were made.
Close your eyes and listen, the content of what she says reflects the high intelligence and grasp of the then current problems, her evaluation and remedies certainly worked.
These are actual sppeches made by her, and not voice-overs, humourous in part, entertaining certainly, spoken with integrity and great perception, the CD is worth having if only to remind us that such a talent existed.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great audio document of Mrs Tatcher's speeches 25 Mar 2013
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CD : in conditions descibed in the offer
Speeches : absolutely fantactic to hear how she performed her speeches, simply by listening not only what she says by with with tone at what moment in the speech. Beyong the words, the alignement of the speeker and the content of her speechs.
Interesting to hear the evolution of her voice since the beginning of her political career till her top.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A SPECIAL GIFT 6 Feb 2013
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BROUGHT BY MY SON AS AGIFT FOR HIS FATHER TO LISTEN TO WHILST HE DRIVES TO AND FROM HIS WORK
AND WAS PERFECT FOR THAT
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Collection of her Best Speeches 16 Jun 2011
By Magic Lemur - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When it comes to Thatcher, there are three types of people:
1. Those who think she's the devil (i.e. if you trip over a stone in the road, it was put there by Maggie).
2. Those who recognise her great abilities & achievements but also see her flaws.
and
3. Those who see her as God.

When I started reading this book, I thought that the author was a number '3' as the back cover is lavish in praise and the introduction is fawning of the times he met her in person.
Still, the good thing about the book is that it is essentially a compilation of speeches, so any bias that the author may have only comes across in his selection of speeches which, as mentioned, are some of her best ones.

It starts off with her maiden speech in the House of Commons (in favour of her private member's bill), which won a great deal of praise from parliamentary superiors at the time. Unlike other books/ CDs, there is also interviews and speeches from before 1979, her abilities as a leader of the opposition come across well and I daresay David Cameron learnt a thing or two from her actions during this period.

Moving on to the speeches in power (which is covered by 3 chapters), I noticed that one of her best conference speeches was missed out - 1982. However, a good spread of speeches is still there, including her 'Francis of Assisi' remarks on gaining office and the 'Lady's not for turning' speech.
Interestingly, the three sections in office also cover a lot of interviews, parliamentary discourse & other material which normally don't feature in these sorts of books and help break up the narrative. These include her interview for 'Woman to Woman' with Miriam Stoppard, debates in the House of Commons around the Falklands war and a sketch she performed with the Yes Minister cast.

After leaving power, the book becomes really interesting as it includes material from after 1990. There is her speeches during her time on the backbenches (1990-1992) where she is shown as still being obsessively anti-Federalist Europe but also a stauch supporter of John Major. There is also her Maiden speech in the House of Lords and a selection of speeches she made about Tony Blair up until (and including) her recent Eulogy to President Reagan and her 25th anniversary of the Falklands speech.
Most interesting of all, there are two eulogy speeches for Keith Joseph and Nick Ridley - a sign that Thatcher's achievements would not have been possible without key aides and political allies...

Following the Falklands ending, the appendices contains an appendix by one of her speech writers (about how she'd never seen Monty Python and was incredulous as to why her 1990 'Dead Parrot' remarks were so funny). Also, there is an appendix on her fall from power and a timeline of her life.

Throughout the book, there are an assortment of quotations by her (including 'there's no such thing as society' among others) which contain a few of the better known ones and, more interestingly, a great deal of quotations you may not have heard.

So, if you are a fan of Thatcher, then this book is a real treat and seems to show a wholly new perspective on her by concentrating purely on her oratory.
Of course, if you are a type '1' then beware - as this book contains a very strong dose of Thatcherite thought. Even type '2's might feel a little like Jeremy Clarkson in Top Gear's race to Oslo (where he only has a CD of Thatcher's speeches to listen to, all of which seem to consist of 'No, No, No'!)

Still, if you want to learn about Britain's greatest post-war leader, then this book brings a host of real interesting insights to the table.
Hopefully the author will one day do a similar work for Tony Blair and then it may be possible to balance the ruthless ideological fixer in Thatcher with the conciliatory tones of Blair.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The True Iron Lady 6 Aug 2012
By Pamela A. Bocek - Published on Amazon.com
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This package of Margaret Thatcher's cd's is OUTSTANDING!!!! This is the words of the REAL Iron Lady not that awful movie staring Meryl Streep. When listening to these speeches it really makes you feel the power of the day she made them. I say buy these and listen to Lady Margaret Thatcher there will never be another leader like her!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Rememberance of The Iron Lady 4 July 2013
By G. Townsend - Published on Amazon.com
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I would recommend this terrific CD to anyone who has even a passing acquaintance with one of the finest Prime Ministers Britain has ever had. It comes in a 3 CD package, but the first one alone is worth the price. To hear the difference in her voice (tone, inflection, etc.) on the 1st. selection (which is an interview), and her later speeches and interviews is an enjoyment not to be missed. Hail to the people who put these rememberances together!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful authentic series 23 Nov 2013
By MaryEllen Bormett - Published on Amazon.com
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Wonderful series for Thatcher fans. I bought this for my history buff boyfriend and he was so excited to get it. He didn't know that there was a collection like this. A must have for Margaret Thatcher fans as it is her in her own words.
4.0 out of 5 stars Conservatives are Green and respect the people via parliament 13 May 2013
By Htana Black - Published on Amazon.com
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This comment by Margaret Thatcher that "the liberty we respect with it's strong committment to keeping the sovereignty of the British/English parliament against incursions from stronger external powers, and keeping our natural wildlife (green belt green) was a wake up call. Her comment that "it is a heritage the British people are long acustomed too and that it is so much part of us and we are used to that freedom" over hundreds of years was a hope expressed in a global world that may lessen respects for these values.
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