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on 29 July 2014
Not having read other biographies about Margaret Thatcher, I enjoyed stepping back to those years when she was PM. The earlier section about her influences and education is convincing. Does she emerge from the pages better understood? Can the reader get a sense of what drove her, her people skills, her political skills? For me the answer is that this book does not have the weight or indeed size, to do more than sketch the background, so there is an incompleteness. But her personality comes through, her considerable charm and presence, her weaknesses, and the account of her life after stepping down from power, provides a fuller sense of her life in its entirety. Where the authors views come through, one senses they are those of a man near the centre of the action.
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on 17 February 2017
Great Book, Love it
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on 22 July 2016
An excellent bio, not craven, but fair
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on 22 October 2013
There are academic disputes about the extent to which military success boosted Conservative chances in the 1983 election. There were signs of a revival in the polls and greater economic optimism even before the capture. But what if the Falklands had been lost? Would the government have survived?
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on 23 October 2013
This is an excellent book about one of Britain's finest politicians ever. Love her or loath her she pulled us back from the brink in 1979. Certainly she towers above today's pygmies that masquerade as politicians. For those that loath her it is worth reading the book to see if you can understand why millions of voters voted for her again and again. That the Tory party effectively stabbed her in the back was a shameful act that still hangs over the party. The book is written in a style that is easy to read and it is a personal view of her life, how she changed Britain and hugely influenced world politics also.
Interesting and very informative.
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on 22 December 2014
Very good read. There are so many Thatcher biographies and obviously the core is the same in every one but this covers many of the weaknesses and failings of The Lady and of those around her as well as the triumphs. Well worth a read if you believe, as I do, that Thatcher transformed Britain from a real low point. It's easy to forget the union domination of the country before her, the wild inflation and so on. This reminds you of that time.
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on 23 December 2013
Very well written by this Brilliant Factual Writer. Robin Harris is a Man who does know what he is talking about. He has worked so closely with Margaret Thatcher for many many years. All his Books are written with incredible detailing.
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on 2 May 2013
As Lady Thatcher's letter on the back cover says - "I can think of no one better placed than you to tackle the subject".

Harris was Director of the Conservative Research Department before joining Mrs Thatcher's personal staff, writing speeches and advising on policy. After she left office he continued working for her, including drafting her two volume autobiography. He was a total insider - he knew her life, her politics and her thoughts as well as anyone who is still around to tell the tale.

Harris can write punchy, readable narrative which tells a good story, as anyone who reads his many newspaper articles can attest.

Harris got his doctorate in French history - you can tell the academic background because the facts look like they have been checked, there is a decent index and by the way he sticks to main subject and doesn't drift off into personal reminiscences or personal point scoring. In passing I notice that he doesn't even mention himself in the index - this is Margaret Thatcher's story all the way through.

Those that loved Margaret Thatcher will find a lot to like with this book. Having her whole life in one moderately sized volume will be a relief to anyone who wants the essence but not the finely wrought detail. Those that did not love Thatcher - and there are plenty of them - may still find it worth reading if they want to understand rather than condemn. After all, the British public voted for her in their millions, voted for her again and again, and they never voted her out of office.
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on 13 November 2014
MANY THANKS
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on 6 October 2015
Has helped with History Essays
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