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  • Hardcover: 501 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (2 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007107528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007107520
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I want to write one more book – and I wanted it to be about the future. In this age of spin-doctors and sound bites, the ever-present danger is that leaders will follow fashion and not their instinct and beliefs. That was not how the West won the Cold War, nor how we wish to make our achievements secure for our children and grandchildren, the West must stay vigilant and strong. In this book it will be my purpose to show how that can – and must – be done."

In 'Statecraft' Margaret Thatcher brings her unrivalled political experience to bear on the challenges of the new millennium. Reflecting on the lessons of the Cold War, she describes the foundations of American dominance and discusses its continuing role. She weighs in the balance the various fortunes of Russia, China, India and the Far East, She analyses the dangers posed by Balkan instability, rogue states, Islamic extremism and international terrorism – and suggests strategies and international terrorism – and suggests strategies to counter them. She also warns of the insidious extension of the power of international institutions at the expense of nation states. On the same themes, she explains from first-hand experience the tensions that characterise in clear terms the options now available.

Statescraft is a powerful treatise delivered by a world figure with a unique combination of principle and shrewdness.

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Margaret Thatcher was leader of the Conservative Party for fifteen years and Prime Minister for eleven and a half.


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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
In this brilliant book, Thatcher discusses the state of the world at the start of the 21st century and the way forward, drawing on her considerable experience and keen insights. Chapter One: cold war reflections, touches on many subjects from the information revolution to the victory of the West in the cold war. Chapter Two looks at the American achievement including the concept of a unipolar world, military preparedness, defence technologies and missile defence.
Chapter Three deals with Russia, the legacy of communism, the role of the IMF, the failed economic reforms, the country's relations with its former Soviet colonies and what remains of its military power. Part One of Chapter Four explains why Asia, with half of the world's population and a third of all dry land, matters so much. Part Two deals with the Tigers: Singapore, South Korea and Indonesia, whilst Part Three is devoted to Japan. The next chapter, Asian Giants, deals with China (including Taiwan and Hong Kong) and India.
In Chapter Six, rogue states, religion and terrorism are discussed, with particular reference to North Korea, Islam, Iraq, Syria, Lybia and Iran. In Chapter Seven, Thatcher discusses human rights, genocide, the Yugoslavia and Rwanda criminal tribunals, the international criminal court and European court of human rights.
Chapter Eight investigates the Balkan wars whilst Chapter Nine is devoted to the European Union. Thatcher investigates the roots of the European idea, the European economic and social model, the pensions crisis, the common agricultural policy, the Euro currency as a means towards a superstate and the bureaucratic, anti-democratic nature of the EU.
Thatcher warns against the creeping loss of sovereignty to unaccountable EU bureaucrats who have only contempt for democracy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BermondseyStu on 19 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I bought this with some degree of trepidation although it does appear that history is on the verge of judging her as being, well, right about so much stuff. This book is her analysis of many aspects of the world. I found her bullet pointed conclusions to be a somewhat simplistic, but her arguments are sound. It is clear that she is both a phenominal intellect and complete pragamatist, dealing with the world as it is, not how she would like it to be. Its a great read if you like thinking. I found her constant knee bending to america to be slightly nauseating, but, as i said, she is a complete pragmatist and recognises american global dominance. Well worth the money, though i am pretty sure she wrote this to continue her dying influence...and who can blame her.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Newton on 11 July 2005
Format: Hardcover
I would recommend ANYBODY to give this book a chance. Margaret Thatcher may not always have communicated in a way that was seen as 'trendy', 'cool', 'right-on' but if the reader actually READS and THINKS about her message it makes a great deal of sense.
This book is a tour de force. I wish I had read this a long time ago.
Margaret Thatcher was far more of a rebel than the left wing sheep who constantly tried to lampoon her.
It is tragic that so many people have been brainwashed to trust self interested bureaucrats and socialists with their lives. God bless Margaret Thatcher for trying to wake a few people up.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Sept. 2004
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In this brilliant book, Thatcher discusses the state of the world at the start of the 21st century and the way forward, drawing on her considerable experience and keen insights. Chapter One: cold war reflections, touches on many subjects from the information revolution to the victory of the West in the cold war. Chapter Two looks at the American achievement including the concept of a unipolar world, military preparedness, defence technologies and missile defence.
Chapter Three deals with Russia, the legacy of communism, the role of the IMF, the failed economic reforms, the country's relations with its former Soviet colonies and what remains of its military power. Part One of Chapter Four explains why Asia, with half of the world's population and a third of all dry land, matters so much. Part Two deals with the Tigers: Singapore, South Korea and Indonesia, whilst Part Three is devoted to Japan. The next chapter, Asian Giants, deals with China (including Taiwan and Hong Kong) and India.
In Chapter Six, rogue states, religion and terrorism are discussed, with particular reference to North Korea, Islam, Iraq, Syria, Lybia and Iran. In Chapter Seven, Thatcher discusses human rights, genocide, the Yugoslavia and Rwanda criminal tribunals, the international criminal court and European court of human rights.
Chapter Eight investigates the Balkan wars whilst Chapter Nine is devoted to the European Union. Thatcher investigates the roots of the European idea, the European economic and social model, the pensions crisis, the common agricultural policy, the Euro currency as a means towards a superstate and the bureaucratic, anti-democratic nature of the EU.
Thatcher warns against the creeping loss of sovereignty to unaccountable EU bureaucrats who have only contempt for democracy.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Andy Wasley on 11 May 2003
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Margaret Thatcher has been out of Number 10 Downing street now for more than a decade. Yet she continues to play a major - albeit subtle - role in both British politics and international relations.
In Statecraft she seeks to draw upon her vast experience in foreign affairs and international diplomacy to suggest some strategies for the modern diplomat. The book covers almost everything one could want to know about a range of topics, including the end of the Cold War, the instabilities of Russia and the Balkans, the might of the Asian Economy, the Anglo-American "Special Relationship" and its role in international affairs, Britain's love-hate relationship with Europe... the list is almost endless. Throughout the books she presents her arguments with her characteristic clarity and bluntness.
No matter what one thinks about Lady Thatcher's years in Government - I am not too enthused by her social policy - this book is essential reading for anyone interested in international relations and politics. An inspirational read.
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