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"One of the masterpieces of British political history” (The New York Times) boasts unprecedented access to Thatcher colleagues, friends, family, and all her government and private papers, and offers a groudbreaking and essential portrait of a titanic figure, with all her capabilities and flaw, during the years of her greatest power.

In June 1983 Margaret Thatcher won the biggest increase in a government’s parliamentary majority in British electoral history and proceeded to transform relations with Europe, prioritize British industry, and reinvigorate the economy. For the only time since Churchill, Britain had a central place in dealings between the superpowers.
But even at her zenith, Thatcher was best by difficulties. She regularly faced calls for resignation, grew isolated in her own government, butted heads with the Queen, bullied her senior colleagues, and was deceived by her closest ally, Ronald Reagan, during the U.S. invasion of Grenada. 
Thatcher storms from these pages as from no other book.
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Thatcher storms from these pages as from no other book.
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      • premium: False
      • source: John O'Sullivan, The Weekly Standard
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        "A masterpiece of clear and intelligent writing...Margaret Thatcher: From Grantham to the Falklands is already one of the great classic political biographies."

      • premium: False
      • source: Craig Fehrman, Boston Globe
      • content: "It's an incredible level of access....Margaret Thatcher: From Grantham to the Falklands is the first of two volumes, and it presents a remarkable and richly detailed portrait."
      • premium: False
      • source: David Runciman, London Review of Books
      • content: "Thatcher was a remarkable politician and Moore does justice to her distinctive qualities."
      • premium: False
      • source: Jane Merrick, The Independent
      • content: "Moore presents us with enough new material to offer a fresh, even vulnerable person behind the mythology...Moore's writing is often elegant and vivid, particularly when he escapes the burden of authorized biographer by turning to commentary on Thatcher's behavior and decisions."
      • premium: False
      • source: Richard Preston, The Telegraph
      • content: "Charles Moore gives a unique insight into his iconic subject...Startling."
      • premium: False
      • source: Peter Clark, Financial Times
      • content: "A notable landmark...meticulously researched and gracefully expounded...It is not the only biography to appear so opportunely, but Moore writes with greater freedom, insight, and objectivity...Both ideologically and personally, we now have a better understanding of the remarkable figure who became Britain's first woman prime minister."
      • premium: False
      • source: Joe Murphy, London Evening Standard
      • content: "Highly readable."
      • premium: False
      • source: Andrew Rawnsley, The Observer
      • content: "[Moore] is not afraid to address the contradictions and tease out the inconsistencies of his subject. Nor to be critical, sometimes deeply so. The result is to paint a much more multidimensional portrait of Thatcher than the caricature heroine adored by the right or the devil incarnate loathed by the left...The prose is intricate, elegant and laced with dry humor...immensely adds to our knowledge and understanding of the longest-reigning prime minister of the democratic age."
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      • source: The Daily Mail
      • content: "Moore has produced a biography so masterly--so packed with fascinating detail, with such a strong narrative drive, propelled by a central character who is at the same time both very bizarre and very conventional--that it comes as close as biography can come to being a work of art...Friends and foes of Thatcher, and agnostics and sceptics too, will all find plenty on which to feast. On virtually every page there is a revelation that, had it been known at the time, would have blasted all the rest of the news off the front pages...This book is a triumph of diligence. Moore interviewed 315 people, and was clearly blessed with the knack of getting them to open up. Ribald insults, gossip, political secrets, private grievances and funny stories--many of them very, very funny--fly off every page. But it is also a triumph of narrative art and human understanding, at its centre a peculiar force of nature, never to be repeated...one of the greatest political biographies ever written."
      • premium: False
      • source: John Campbell, The Independent
      • content: "[Moore] has discharged the first part of his commission superbly. He has marshalled a huge range of sources, many of them new, without letting himself be swamped... He has spoken to practically everyone who ever had anything to do with her, and interweaves their recollections skilfully to bring out wider themes... If the second volume, charting her mounting hubris and eventual nemesis, maintains this quality it will be a tremendous achievement."
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      • source: Matthew Parris, The Times
      • content: "Moore's pace, his fascination, and his command of detail never slacken. This is a masterly piece of work."
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      • source: Sunday Express
      • content: "Charles Moore is the perfect biographer: thorough, empathetic, enquiring, and eloquent. This is the portrayal of a life well-lived, explored in a book well-written."
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      • source: Independent on Sunday
      • content: "A life's work of research and interviewing."
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      • source: Patrick O'Flyn
      • content: "An immensely readable account of the greatest political life of the second half of the 20th century."
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      • source: Kirkus
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        Starred review from December 1, 2015
        British historian/writer Moore delivers the second volume in his authorized biography of the pioneering--and divisive--prime minister. As this volume opens, Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013) is riding high on the British victory over Argentina in the Falklands and the consolidation of power that it enabled. Inclined ever to go it alone, Thatcher abolished the policy group surrounding her, one that labored ceaselessly to keep the Conservative message strong while avoiding any overt impression of ideological purity, "which, if leaked, could cause such mayhem." But leaked it was: whether dealing with Irish nationalists, striking coal miners, or a recalcitrant European Community, Thatcher was steely and bent on uncompromising success, evidenced by her "angry will" and unwillingness to make coalitions. The real world does not often work that way, of course, and in the few places where Moore's narrative bogs down, it is in the details of bureaucracy that so maddened Thatcher--e.g., the matter of getting a budget passed. The author is surprisingly evenhanded: as he notes, Thatcher, like Ronald Reagan, seemed thoroughly uninterested in self-reflection, and some of the best writing in the book concerns the solid wall of cultural resistance that built up in the U.K., fueled by punk rock and Red Wedge-ish theater and writing. Stephen Frears, for instance, noted that his 1987 film Sammy and Rosie Get Laid was intended "to bring the government down." Of course, if Thatcher was ever bothered by the negative depictions, she seldom let on. Moore closes by chronicling how she closed out 1987 with a stunningly comprehensive electoral victory. "No prime minister in the era of universal suffrage had ever won a third consecutive term before," he carefully writes, though no thanks were due to Thatcher's "extreme anxiety, ill tempers, and misjudgments in the campaign." Moore will probably not change minds about the Iron Lady, but readers inclined to be as fair-minded as he will find much of interest in his account of her years in power.

        COPYRIGHT(2015) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        January 1, 2016
        Moore (Margaret Thatcher: From Grantham to the Falklands, 2013) continues his monumental, authorized biography (this is the second of three planned volumes) of the longest-serving, and first female, prime minister of Great Britain. In this comprehensive study, he focuses on the period between 1982 and 1987, during which Thatcher was reelected not just once but twice. Using the abundant and illuminating sources he had full access to, including government and personal papers, private diaries, personal notes, and so much more, Moore creates a carefully detailed portrait of a leader he characterizes as more famous on the world stage than any British prime minister except for Sir Winston Churchill. With admirers and detractors galore, Thatcher was a lightning rod in the realm of British and international politics, and both groups will find much to appreciate here. A chronology of world events, copious notes, and an extensive bibliography enhance an exhaustive narrative that will fascinate students of contemporary British history and politics.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
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        August 1, 2015

        In 2013, Moore launched an authorized biography of Thatcher with Margaret Thatcher: From Grantham to the Falklands. This second volume zeroes in on 1982 to 1987, highlighting Thatcher's reelection, and again benefits from Moore's unrestricted access to Thatcher's papers and from unpublished interviews with her and with major colleagues. With a 30,000-copy first printing.

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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In June 1983 Margaret Thatcher won the biggest increase in a government’s parliamentary majority in British electoral history and proceeded to transform relations with Europe, prioritize British industry, and reinvigorate the economy. For the only time since Churchill, Britain had a central place in dealings between the superpowers.
But even at her zenith, Thatcher was best by difficulties. She regularly faced calls for resignation, grew isolated in her own government, butted heads with the Queen, bullied her senior colleagues, and was deceived by her closest ally, Ronald Reagan, during the U.S. invasion of...
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