The eighties are generally known as the `Thatcher' years. It is easy, of course, in retrospect, to view Margaret Thatcher with a jaundiced eye, particularly remembering the caricature she became. Not so easy to find fault with this meticulous and tightly argued account provided by her high-powered Chancellor, Nigel Lawson.
There can be no doubt of Lawson's mastery of the economy, which forms the bulk of the memoirs. Interwoven, as you might expect, is a perceptive and intriguing political commentary, recounting his relationships with, and views on, the Unions, Margaret Thatcher, and his European colleagues.