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Margaret Thatcher Volume Two: The Iron Lady Paperback – 1 Nov 2007
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"John Campbell succeeds brilliantly with this second volume of his biography of Britain's first woman prime minister. His account - compelling, often exhilarating and, in its closing pages, genuinely moving - portrays Thatcher's political career as a tragedy worthy of Shakespeare" (John Willman Financial Times)
"Anyone who wants to know what really happened between 1979 and 1990 should read this book" (John Rentoul Daily Telegraph)
"A brilliantly researched, thoroughly sourced version of the most remarkable premiership of our time" (Huw Edwards Books of the Year, The Times)
"'An enormously useful achievement... every twist and turn of her political life is here'" (The Times)
"'I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and indeed arguing with it, because it has reminded me why so many of us would never have wanted her to give up'" (William Hague Daily Telegraph)
The first volume of John Campbell's biography of Margaret Thatcher was described by Frank Johnson in the "Daily Telegraph" as 'much the best book yet written about Lady Thatcher'. That volume, "The Grocer's Daughter", described Mrs Thatcher's childhood and early career up until the 1979 General Election which carried her into Downing Street. This second volume covers the whole eleven and a half years of her momentous premiership. Thirteen years after her removal from power, this is the first comprehensive and fully researched study of the Thatcher Government from its hesitant beginning to its dramatic end. Campbell draws on the mass of memoirs and diaries of Mrs Thatcher's colleagues, aides, advisers and rivals, as well as on original material from the Ronald Reagan archive, shedding fascinating new light on the Reagan-Thatcher 'special relationship', and on dozens of interviews. "The Iron Lady" will confirm John Campbell's "Margaret Thatcher" as one of the greatest political biographies of recent times.See all Product description
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It also explains the development of Mrs Thatcher's opinions and views on the future direction of Britain and how her political instincts - combined with a generous measure of good fortune - allowed her to be in a position to benefit from the fraying of the post-war consensus.
Overall, an excellent biography.
Campbell is perhaps a little to ready to accept uncritically some of the claims that are made about Thatcher and abut the state of Britain during her time in opposition and in power, but that kind of critical examination of the substance of Thatcher's achievement lies outside the scope of a biography, even when it's a political biography. I'd give it five stars were it not for the fact that Campbell is a little too inclined to accept the 'received' Thatcherite account, which we know to be seriously flawed.
A good read, and by no means a small book, it illustrates with accuracy and clarity, those times of her life when as a younger woman, she set herself the targets and standards that would form the basis of her success later in her political career.
Informative, and never boring, the revelations contained in this work will provide a true insight into thuis remarkable woman.
First, the organisation of the material is not very imaginative. It is basically about 50 pages between each election and the focus is on documenting events. I have no problem with this, but the book is definitely not in the calibre of Robert Caro's work on Lyndon Johnson which captures so well both the personality of the figure and the backdrop of the times. Focusing on fewer crucial periods in Thatcher's career to bring out the personality or giving more rich context would have made a more insightful biography. A missed opportunity.
Second, and this is somewhat a niggly point, Campbell overdoes the correction of the Thatcher's memoirs. I don't think anyone really expects a politician's memoirs to be completely accurate. It seems unnecessary to correct points of detail as Campbell does every 3 pages.
A good book on Thatcher, well written but not a 5-star book.
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