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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Gill & Macmillan; 1st edition (6 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0717157814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0717157815
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Richard Aldous holds the Eugene Meyer Chair at Bard College, New York. His numerous books include REAGAN AND THATCHER (New York Times Editors' Choice, Sunday Times Best Books of the Summer, Christian Science Monitor Best Books of the Year, Publishers Weekly Starred Review), THE LION AND THE UNICORN: GLADSTONE VS. DISRAELI (Independent, Daily Telegraph, Irish Times books of the year) and GREAT IRISH SPEECHES (an Irish Times No.1 bestseller). Richard writes and reviews for the New York Times, the Irish Times and the Sunday Telegraph, and is a regular contributor to television and radio on both sides of the Atlantic.

Praise for REAGAN AND THATCHER: THE DIFFICULT RELATIONSHIP:

'This well-informed account casts new light on the heroic version of the two leaders' association.' New York Times 'Editor's Choice.'

"This gripping account of their difficult relationship reads like a thriller." Sunday Times "Must Reads" and Best Books of the Summer.

"This wonderful new history by Bard College professor Richard Aldous makes clear that the relationship between Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher was far more challenging and complex than is widely recognized." Christian Science Monitor Best Books of 2012.

'This brilliant book reminds readers of the simple lesson that in diplomacy, interests often trump ideology -- and spin trumps both.' Foreign Affairs.

'Intelligent, authoritative and extremely readable.' The Spectator.

'A well-researched, well-written and revisionist double portrait.' Wall Street Journal

'Aldous deserves nothing but credit for the masterly way in which he weaves accounts from published memoirs and recently declassified US material into a pacey, almost thriller-like account of the meetings and telephone calls between these two political giants. This is a work of history that can be read at one sitting.' Sunday Times.

'It is a remarkable story, which deserves the fresh account that Richard Aldous, a professor of history at Bard College, gives it in Reagan and Thatcher. His book casts new light on the heroic version in which two great leaders continued the struggle for freedom waged for generations past by "the English-speaking peoples."' New York Times

'What Aldous manages to achieve is strong research with a vivid narrative style, bringing the most dramatic moments to life.' Guardian.

"An accurate picture of the Reagan-Thatcher dance does us all a favor." Daily Beast "Hot Reads".

'This is excellent revisionist history, giving another slant to the interaction of two political icons on the world stage.' Publishers Weekly (starred review).

"Reagan and Thatcher, a wonderful new book by Bard College professor Richard Aldous, makes clear that their alliance was far more challenging and complex than is widely recognized." Christian Science Monitor.

'This is a well-researched, highly readable book that effectively analyzes the relationship of the two leaders.' Washington Times.

"Aldous makes a compelling case that this important relationship between two historic figures was often complex ... The book offers a well-researched, well-written account of two friends in the heat of battle." Dallas Morning Post

'The portrait of these powerful figures is well drawn and particularly gives the reader a new view of Reagan as a more effective leader than some have portrayed him in the past. In scholarship it supersedes other works on the Reagan-Thatcher relationship.' Philadelphia Inquirer

"Thorough and engaging new history." Slate

'Aldous makes a thorough and compelling case that the Reagan-Thatcher relationship was as difficult as it was "special".' The Hill

'This eminently readable and fascinating book.' Irish Times.

'Richard Aldous has written a vivid, jaunty and highly readable account of the working relationship between Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.' The Tablet

"Throughout, Aldous carefully and persuasively demonstrates the elaborate care each took to 'handle' the other, precautions unnecessary had the relationship been as close as publicly portrayed ... A revealing look at the political marriage of two titans, who, like Roosevelt and Churchill, will be forever linked in history.'
Kirkus Reviews

"Vivid, fast-paced and immensely readable, Richard Aldous' new book challenges conventional wisdom and prods us to rethink the 1980s."
David Reynolds, author of 'America, Empire of Liberty'.

"An important study, based on a wealth of recently-released documents, which puts the Thatcher-Reagan friendship in a wholy new (and more somber) light. It should be essential reading for anyone who cares about the history, the health and the future of the Anglo-American 'special relationship'."
David Cannadine, Author of 'The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy' and 'Mellon: An American Life'.

"I can't speak for President Reagan, but I've been both praised and pulverized by Margaret Thatcher, and Richard Aldous seems to me to have captured the force of her personality. She did have an emotional understanding of Reagan and he of her that in its essence, in my judgement, was warmer than between Churchill and Roosevelt. But her fury was incandescent over the invasion of Grenada, a member of the Commonwealth, as was the wimpiness of the initial American reaction to the seizure of the Falkland Islands. This is a valuable look behind the looking glass of public-relations politics of the special relationship."
Harold Evans, author of 'The American Century'.

Praise for THE LION AND THE UNICORN: GLADSTONE VS. DISRAELI:

`Mutual loathing made their bruising encounters a riveting spectacle, richly enjoyed by the British public and recaptured, with great zest, by Richard Aldous in The Lion and the Unicorn.' New York Times.

`It does full justice to the drama inherent in a battle for political supremacy that was central to British history for decades.' Sunday Times.

'A cracking good read which captures the battle between these two extraordinary personalities.' Nick Robinson, BBC Political Editor.

`With The Lion and the Unicorn, this epic showdown has found a worthy champion.' Literary Review

'Aldous's enthralling narative is notably judicious.' Independent on Sunday.

'Benjamin Disraeli and William Gladstone are the subjects of this engaging and gracefully written book. Why should Americans care about the rivalry between two British politicians who died more than a century ago? Because the events described in this book remind us of an important and timely truth.' National Review.

'Why such a book as this? Well, for enjoyment, among other things. Aldous is a gifted writer ... Still their story more than entertains. It instructs.' Weekly Standard.

`Connoisseurs of political rivalry have had much to enjoy this year, not least a history of the struggle for power between Gladstone and Disraeli.' Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year.

`The result is a hugely enjoyable joint biography.' The Independent.

`Aldous's smooth pacing and adroit writing bring a forgotten world back to life and demonstrate how two forceful if warring personalities can create a history that neither could have achieved acting alone.' Publishers Weekly.

`A rousing portrait of 19th-century England's most venomous political rivalry, featuring a highly readable exploration into the dueling natures of two powerful men.' Kirkus Reviews.

`Aldous deftly analyses this peculiar relationship, but also dramatises it - and does so with great panache.' Daily Telegraph.

`This lively joint biography makes clear they utterly loathed each other.' The Guardian.

`Richard Aldous has written an entertaining and thought-provoking book.' The Spectator.

`Aldous describes the different episodes of the rivalry with vividness, capturing the particular flavour of 19th-century political and social life.' New Statesman.

`Richard Aldous has set this drama with just the kind of care and skill these two extraordinary adversaries, authors and politicians undoubtedly deserve.' Irish Times.

'The Lion and the Unicorn - surprisingly, the first attempt at a double-biography of the great Victorian rivals Gladstone and Disraeli.' The Independent, Books of the Year

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'It gives an irresistible insight into the machinations of the man who helped to create what is now Ireland's second biggest company - Ryanair' --John Mulligan, Sunday Independent Review

'Tony Ryan biographer Richard Aldous weaves a tapestry of tales about Ryanair's (and the entrepreneur's) fortunes (...). With Aldous having explored the late Tony Ryan's life in the capacity of an official biographer, it's fair to say that one approaches a work such as this with a strong degree of trepidation. Forebodings of a fawning eulogy abounded. But it does reveal the warts as well as the successes of the Tipperary native'. --John Mullingan, Irish Independent

'Somehow he managed to leave them still loving him anyway' --Patricia O Neill, Irish Indepenedent

About the Author

Richard Aldous holds the Eugene Meyer Chair at Bard College, New York, having previously taught for fifteen years at UCD. He is the bestselling author of numerous books, including Great Irish Speeches, Reagan and Thatcher and The Lion and the Unicorn: Gladstone vs. Disraeli.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 40 quid down on 16 Oct. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I met Tony Ryan back in the eighties, a larger than life character GPA was flying high (excuse the pun) he was local boy done good but still took time out for encouraging the start ups in business
I will never forget his summation of all the business advice we received that day
He summed his formula for business success in two words.

"Pedal faster "

Than your competitors, than your critics,than every one basically.

As the author elaborates on Ryan was macho and swaggering not in a bad way but you got the feeling of i suppose he was the alpha male he was the only " bull in the field." to coin a phrase. and that's probably a good description of the man i met but a thoroughly nice guy as well,

Little did we know that he was at the time training another business genius (love him or hate him but you will never ignore him) Michael O'Leary

Mr Aldous contends that Ryan was influenced by another Author Robert J Ringer

Winning Through Intimidation: How to Be the Victor Instead of the Victim in All Areas of Life
Winning Through Intimidation

I can see that there could be a degree of truth in this.

There is a high level of research and accuracy and effort in the work ,always to be appreciated
the author is to be commended.

I highly recommend this book

Buy it and enjoy it.
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I ripped through this book in 2 days - it had me hanging on for the ride. Very well written and the story of an amazing legend. I admire anyone that nearly loses it all and gets it back again and some more. A man of huge vision who was proud of where he came from - the world needs more of his ilk.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Walsh on 4 Oct. 2013
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Very well researched, well written, a thoroughly enjoyable read. Fascinating character and life story. Ireland needs more people like him, unafraid to take risks and possessing a global perspective. Just the right length for a biography too, focussed on the right aspects, you get a real sense for what drove him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H.A.B. on 15 Oct. 2014
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well written .. and a great portrait of a man who is part of Ireland ....

well researched and put together and people who knew Tony Ryan will all agree that the book portraits him with all his depth and amazing history ...
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This is a great read and takes you from the very beginning to the very end. A book that I found at the beginning and half way through the book I didn't really like the subject but by the end saw a different side to Tom Ryan. A very good read and well worth the purchase.
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Surely it was Christy Ryan, Tony's best friend, who started Ryanair. Although it never operated the routes from Waterford to the UK, he sold it to Tony, and the story goes on from there. Am I right? I knew both men. John.
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By Cormac on 7 Feb. 2015
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An enjoyable an easy read about a great business story. I was truly glued to each page. A must read for those with an entrepreneurial twist.
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