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Statecraft [Hardcover]

Margaret Thatcher
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2 April 2002

Lady Thatcher, a unique figure in global politics, shares her views about the dangers and opportunities of the new millennium.

Lady Thatcher's previous books on her political career have been bestsellers, The Downing Street Years went to No.1. She is a unique world figure and this book, containing her views about the dangers and opportunities of the new millennium, will attract great interest both in Britain and around the world.

In her own words:
"I wanted 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 instincts and beliefs. That was not how the West won the Cold War, not how we created the basis for today's freedom and prosperity. If 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 that it can – and must- be done.”



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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: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,819 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.

About the Author

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


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ironing things out 11 Feb 2006
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear. convincing and sensible 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ironing things out 28 Sep 2004
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 4 Oct 2011
By peter
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First of all you have to put aside the fact that this is a totally biased account of the state of the world, based on one person's experience. However, given that that one person has spoken to most of the important leaders of the era which she writes about, this of course qualifies her to pass judgement and express her opinion without having to refer to academic notes or studies.

This is a fascinating read for anyone interested in Thatcher, world history and politics. Most of the points are made with passion and succinctly, in a way that can convince the most ardent oponent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting stuff 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A tour de force
Truely, an exceptional read........ very possibly the greatest book i've ever read. You will be rewarded for buying and reading.
Published 6 months ago by JoshS
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, articulate thought provoking study of foreign affairs.
Buy this book if you're interested in a bold, opinionated perspective on foreign affairs from someone right at the heart of the matters discussed for 20 years. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. A. Campion
5.0 out of 5 stars As relevant as when first published
I read Statecraft when it first appeared over a decade ago and I have just finished reading it for a second time. It remains as relevant today as it was then. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Marcelo Pesci
5.0 out of 5 stars An important book
Prophetically relevant to today's leaders. Hope they read it. No ghost writer here, this is written by a world statesman.
Published 11 months ago by Richard Shelton
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 Years on and still very relevant
A fantastic read, it is surprising how much of what she said applied quite accurately to events that were to unfold and my yet happen. Read more
Published 12 months ago by James R Garrioch
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I have ever read
This is the book you need if you want to understand how the world really works - she understood so much (and I am even a Torry)
Published 12 months ago by julia lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars of course I like it!
Great book, written by a great Woman, about great subjects of our time... Of course I love it! It's a good book even if you dislike Baroness Thatcher, believe me.
Published 13 months ago by eugenia
5.0 out of 5 stars great reading from a legend.
great reading from a legend. The hardcover is even harder to find these days on bookshelves and online everywhere .
Published 14 months ago by Jashorn Lee Tiew Yong
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mrs T.
Arrived on time as promised. Haven't read it all as yet, but I am sure it will meet my great expections. This is a great lady who did her best for her country.
Published 14 months ago by D. Faria
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'Statecraft' is the book in which Margaret Thatcher looks to the future and discusses international relations and diplomacy. Read more
Published 15 months ago by T. T. Rogers
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