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5.0 out of 5 stars Real historical analysis, 3 Jun. 2009
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This review is from: Thatcher's Britain: The Politics and Social Upheaval of the Thatcher Era (Hardcover)
I had the pleasure of meeting Professor Vinen some many years ago. Well known for some excellent work on French and European modern history. This move into the recent UK is most welcome. Readers should do one thing and ignore the title - I fully agree with the Sunday Times review (well worth reading) of some months ago - a badly chosen title - the book is about Lady Thatcher and the political environment she was in, much more so than the social or economic that might be guessed from the title. Some lovely stories add a richness to the narrative - I was struck by the analysis of Enoch Powell, for instance.

I think this is an excellent analysis, one of the few on the topic, by a high quality professional historian, without the usual political bias of the contemporay. It would be interesting to get Professor Vinen's insights on our current dilemas.
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Initial post: 4 Sep 2009 16:50:23 BDT
I remember when Thatcher said 'We are a grandmother!'. Her use of the Royal 'we' was enough to convince the vast majority of the population that she'd flipped.

Posted on 7 May 2011 15:17:45 BDT
LulaONeil says:
He originally wanted to call it 'Britain's Thatcher' but the publisher wouldn't allow it, hence the incongruity between the title of the book and its content. His reason for wanting to call it Britain's Thatcher was largely to emphasise that she was a product of modern Britain rather than the other way round.
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