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Thatcher and Thatcherism (The Making of the Contemporary World) Hardcover – 19 Feb 2004

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (19 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041527012X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415270120
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,488,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"'A well-written account of a complex period... one of the best introductions to the debate' - W.R. Garside, University of Birmingham; Strongly recommended to students... ideal as an accessible overview of Thatcherism.' - Lisa Harrison, University of the West of England"

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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
This book should be held up as the ultimate example of how to write a factual book that can apeal to the casual reader and to the serious scholar. Evans covers the major areas of Thatchers policy with a clear and concise commentary that puts many such books to shame. The book fascinated me and succeeded in putting to bed many myths but also confirming many things we had suspected about the iron lady. This book achieves alot in a relatively short amount of pages making it readable for all. A monumental achievement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Henry G Joyce on 8 Aug. 2013
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I used this for finals revision and was a pithy and well written overview of all the key areas. Worth buying
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(1) “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run OUT of other people's money.” margaret thatcher.
(2) "The problem with thatcherism is that eventually the "casino" bankers run AWAY with other people's money." Anon.
(3) “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Winston Churchill
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By arolf on 12 Mar. 2012
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this is a very good book for those wanting to understand more about the Thatcher era, mine is now completely covered in notes. Evans gives a clear yet detailed view on what happened, with suitable subtitles and clarity I haven't found in any of the other Thatcher books I've read of this ilk. If you like Thatcher, or are studying her, this is your book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A readable but flawed book 2 Jan. 2011
By Adam L. Coleman - Published on
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Evans has created a highly enjoyable, briskly-paced and accessible summary of the Iron Lady's rise, fall and legacy. As someone who was only a child during the Thatcher years, the book gave excellent background and context to the election of the Thatcher government and the Britain she inherited and governed. The book is also effective at critically evaluating some of the myths around this archetypal 'conviction politician'. Overall, the picture, well-painted, is of a pragmatic - if ideologically-assured - politician whose impeccable instincts seemingly deserted her towards the end of her reign. (This Australian reader cannot help but make comparisons with our own former prime minister, John Howard, in that respect.)

Where the book is less successful is in the evaluation of Thatcher's key policies through her reign. While not actively hostile, Evans displays something of a bias. For example, he appears to dismiss privatisation as a policy failure without really explaining why - desperate references are even made to 'grotesque' salaries! The book is also littered with references to 'market forces' being unleashed, with the implication, or in some cases explicit assertion, that these 'forces' have had a range of negative impacts on the 'losers' from reform. While an elegant and attractive narrative (to some), it is never really established that Thatcherite reforme genuinely caused the growth in social inequality that Evans so dislikes. Indeed, Thatcher's abiding interest in promoting economic prosperity appears to irk Evans in and of itself. This culminates in a ridiculous final paragraph that makes the author appear just like the old school Tory grandees whose snobbery he earlier mocks.

While it has faults, Evans book deserves a qualified recommendation. For those of an anti-Thatcher, left-wing disposition, it will provide some superficially credible amunition. For those who aren't, it is a good primer on one of our times' remarkable personalities, but nothing more.
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Good book for information, but boring 5 July 2011
By Aaron the Historian - Published on
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I enjoyed getting to read this book, as it gave me an interesting viewpoint into the background of Thatcher and her policies. This was a great way to get a glimpse of the British political system. The luck that she saw with the start of the Falklands war forever changed British history. Though there is no way of knowing for sure, it is quite possible that the privatization of industry would never have reached the levels that it sees today and that the UK would look much more like the rest of Europe.

In addition, the Third Way of Clinton and Blair that came as a response to the policies of Reagan and Thatcher would not have had to been so drastic. Makes one think.
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Definitive!! 8 July 2010
By Jamar A. Billups - Published on
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"Thatcher and Thatcherism" is the definitive analysis of the Premiership of Margaret Thatcher, arguably one of the greatest and prime ministers in British history. This analysis is highly recommended to readers researching or merely interested in that Thatcher years from 1979-1990 that changed Britain's international standing in the eyes of the world. Evans gives great insight into Thatcher's controversial economic policies of privatization, her stance on on integrated Europe, her quest to restore power and prestige to the British imperia psyche, and her leadership during the Cold War.
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Bring a pillow. 27 May 2011
By Lovely Zombie - Published on
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I recommend this book to anyone who is having trouble sleeping. It will knock you on your ass in 5 minutes flat. I also recommend this book to anyone who thinks that Margaret Thatcher is an interesting and complex woman. This book will prove, conclusively, that she is not. Aside from the vaguely disturbing cover art and the blindingly small type, this slim volume also boasts one of those odd, opaque covers that somehow attracts all the oil from your fingertips so that by the time you've been reading it for the 4.5 minutes before you begin to nod off, it looks as if you've used it to distil olive oil for purity. If this is an isolated, personal problem, then forget everything I've said above, and make a series of general judgements about greasy people who just don't "get" The Thatch.
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