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The Anatomy of Thatcherism Hardcover – 31 Dec 1993

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  • Hardcover: 377 pages
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers; 1 edition (31 Dec. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560001062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560001065
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,095,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Letwin does a superb job of describing Thatcherism's moral aspirations, which is where politics get forged...the beauty of the book is the way it connects policy details to fundamental philosophy and shows how the latter drives the former."

"--"David Brooks", Wall Street Journal"

"This is a subtle and penetrating study of a most complex phenomenon"

--Conor Cruise O'Brien, The Daily Telegraph

"Mrs. Thatcher had a certain idea of the British--an idea which came to be known as Thatcherism. This idea is the subject of Shirley Letwin's thought-provoking book. Seldom have an author and a subject been better matched. . . . This magisterial study (Is) by far the best yet written . . ."

--Peregrine Worsthorne, The Spectator

"Letwln argues that Thatcherite policies, successful or not, aimed to revive Britain by restoring the "vigorous virtues" being upright, self-sufficient, energetic, adventurous, independent-minded. . . . The book is not meant to defend Thatcherism, but to explain what it was about."

--Minett Martin, The Sunday Telegraph

"For the first time in history, a British prime minister's name became an "ism"--a symbol of profound social change. Just what the change encompassed is the subject of this lengthy and detailed study of Britain under Thatcher."

--Ronan Sheehan, The Irish Press

"Her definitions and distinctions are wonderfully nice and precise, often arresting, demanding thought before being accented. Her book cannot have been easy to create. It cannot be read with the brain in neutral. It will none the less, be Indispensable to all who seek to understand our recent history, which Thatcherism shaped."

--Colin Welch, The Times

"This is a subtle and penetrating study of a most complex phenomenon"

--Conor Cruise O'Brien, The Daily Telegraph

"Mrs. Thatcher had a certain idea of the British--an idea which came to be known as Thatcherism. This idea is the subject of Shirley Letwin's thought-provoking book. Seldom have an author and a subject been better matched. . . . This magisterial study (Is) by far the best yet written . . ."

--Peregrine Worsthorne, The Spectator

"Letwln argues that Thatcherite policies, successful or not, aimed to revive Britain by restoring the "vigorous virtues" being upright, self-sufficient, energetic, adventurous, independent-minded. . . . The book is not meant to defend Thatcherism, but to explain what it was about."

--Minett Martin, The Sunday Telegraph

"For the first time in history, a British prime minister's name became an "ism"--a symbol of profound social change. Just what the change encompassed is the subject of this lengthy and detailed study of Britain under Thatcher."

--Ronan Sheehan, The Irish Press

"Her definitions and distinctions are wonderfully nice and precise, often arresting, demanding thought before being accented. Her book cannot have been easy to create. It cannot be read with the brain in neutral. It will none the less, be Indispensable to all who seek to understand our recent history, which Thatcherism shaped."

--Colin Welch, The Times

"Letwin does a superb job of describing Thatcherism's moral aspirations, which is where politics get forged...the beauty of the book is the way it connects policy details to fundamental philosophy and shows how the latter drives the former."

"--"David Brooks," Wall Street Journal"

"Letwin writes about Thatcherism in ways untypical of most political scientists. She presents her understand-ing of the underlying purposes of Thatcherism and then clearly analyzes the policies of Prime Minister Thatcher's governments of 1979-90 to illustrate how those pur-poses were pursued."

--Leon D. Epstein, Political Science Quarterly

"A refreshingly novel, and at times insightful analysis of the essence of Thatcherism--as a moral, rather than economic, response to the conditions of 20th-century Britain."

--J.B. Freyman, Choice

"A felicitously written, thoughtful study that illuminates what she terms 'the bundle of attributes' that make up Thatcherism."

--Irwin M. Selzer, National Interest

"An Anatomy of Thatcherism is distinguished from virtu-ally every other book on current politics by its philosophi-cal sophistication. It is this which allows Mrs. Letwin to explain how Thatcherism (and Conservatism in general) can be coherent without being theoretical."

--Kenneth Minogue, National Review

"Letwin does a superb job of describing Thatcherism's moral aspirations, which is where politics get forged...the beauty of the book is the way it connects policy details to fundamental philosophy and shows how the latter drives the former."

--David Brooks, Wall Street Journal

"Letwin writes about Thatcherism in ways untypical of most political scientists. She presents her understand-ing of the underlying purposes of Thatcherism and then clearly analyzes the policies of Prime Minister Thatcher's governments of 1979-90 to illustrate how those pur-poses were pursued."

--Leon D. Epstein, Political Science Quarterly

"A refreshingly novel, and at times insightful analysis of the essence of Thatcherism--as a moral, rather than economic, response to the conditions of 20th-century Britain."

--J.B. Freyman, Choice

"A felicitously written, thoughtful study that illuminates what she terms 'the bundle of attributes' that make up Thatcherism."

--Irwin M. Selzer, National Interest

"An Anatomy of Thatcherism is distinguished from virtu-ally every other book on current politics by its philosophi-cal sophistication. It is this which allows Mrs. Letwin to explain how Thatcherism (and Conservatism in general) can be coherent without being theoretical."

--Kenneth Minogue, National Review



"This is a subtle and penetrating study of a most complex phenomenon"

--Conor Cruise O'Brien, The Daily Telegraph

"Mrs. Thatcher had a certain idea of the British--an idea which came to be known as Thatcherism. This idea is the subject of Shirley Letwin's thought-provoking book. Seldom have an author and a subject been better matched. . . . This magisterial study (Is) by far the best yet written . . ."

--Peregrine Worsthorne, The Spectator

"Letwln argues that Thatcherite policies, successful or not, aimed to revive Britain by restoring the "vigorous virtues" being upright, self-sufficient, energetic, adventurous, independent-minded. . . . The book is not meant to defend Thatcherism, but to explain what it was about."

--Minett Martin, The Sunday Telegraph

"For the first time in history, a British prime minister's name became an "ism"--a symbol of profound social change. Just what the change encompassed is the subject of this lengthy and detailed study of Britain under Thatcher."

--Ronan Sheehan, The Irish Press

"Her definitions and distinctions are wonderfully nice and precise, often arresting, demanding thought before being accented. Her book cannot have been easy to create. It cannot be read with the brain in neutral. It will none the less, be Indispensable to all who seek to understand our recent history, which Thatcherism shaped."

--Colin Welch, The Times



-Letwin does a superb job of describing Thatcherism's moral aspirations, which is where politics get forged...the beauty of the book is the way it connects policy details to fundamental philosophy and shows how the latter drives the former.-

--David Brooks, Wall Street Journal

-Letwin writes about Thatcherism in ways untypical of most political scientists. She presents her understand-ing of the underlying purposes of Thatcherism and then clearly analyzes the policies of Prime Minister Thatcher's governments of 1979-90 to illustrate how those pur-poses were pursued.-

--Leon D. Epstein, Political Science Quarterly

-A refreshingly novel, and at times insightful analysis of the essence of Thatcherism--as a moral, rather than economic, response to the conditions of 20th-century Britain.-

--J.B. Freyman, Choice

-A felicitously written, thoughtful study that illuminates what she terms 'the bundle of attributes' that make up Thatcherism.-

--Irwin M. Selzer, National Interest

-An Anatomy of Thatcherism is distinguished from virtu-ally every other book on current politics by its philosophi-cal sophistication. It is this which allows Mrs. Letwin to explain how Thatcherism (and Conservatism in general) can be coherent without being theoretical.-

--Kenneth Minogue, National Review



-This is a subtle and penetrating study of a most complex phenomenon-

--Conor Cruise O'Brien, The Daily Telegraph

-Mrs. Thatcher had a certain idea of the British--an idea which came to be known as Thatcherism. This idea is the subject of Shirley Letwin's thought-provoking book. Seldom have an author and a subject been better matched. . . . This magisterial study (Is) by far the best yet written . . .-

--Peregrine Worsthorne, The Spectator

-Letwln argues that Thatcherite policies, successful or not, aimed to revive Britain by restoring the -vigorous virtues- being upright, self-sufficient, energetic, adventurous, independent-minded. . . . The book is not meant to defend Thatcherism, but to explain what it was about.-

--Minett Martin, The Sunday Telegraph

-For the first time in history, a British prime minister's name became an -ism---a symbol of profound social change. Just what the change encompassed is the subject of this lengthy and detailed study of Britain under Thatcher.-

--Ronan Sheehan, The Irish Press

-Her definitions and distinctions are wonderfully nice and precise, often arresting, demanding thought before being accented. Her book cannot have been easy to create. It cannot be read with the brain in neutral. It will none the less, be Indispensable to all who seek to understand our recent history, which Thatcherism shaped.-

--Colin Welch, The Times

About the Author

Shirley Robin Letwin writes and lec-tures on political philosophy. Apart from her books, she has published numerous essays in scholarly journals .and has contributed political commentaries to periodicals and newspapers. She has taught at Cambridge University, the London School of Economics, Harvard, Bran-dels, Cornell, and the University of Chicago. She has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute. She is currently President of the Instltut International de Philosphie Politlque.


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