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Margaret Thatcher: A Portrait of the Iron Lady

Margaret Thatcher: A Portrait of the Iron Lady

ISBN: 9780875866307
Publisher: Algora Publishing
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This biography of Lady Thatcher relates in warm detail the life of Margaret Thatcher, her achievements as British Prime Minister, and her life since retirement. Written in a vigorous, no-nonsense style, Lady Thatcher provides a succinct portrait of the Iron Lady, illustrating what the terms Thatcherite and Thatcherism really mean. Blundell shows why Thatcher was such an outstanding world leader and such an inspiration for women leaders in particular.

The book begins with contrasting scenes the desolation of Britain in the 1978-9 Winter of Discontent prior to Thatcher's premiership, and the economic buoyancy and national self-confidence that prevailed by the end of her period in office 11½ years later. The body of the text provides a chronological, strongly narrative treatment of Thatcher's life, from childhood through to current times.

When Margaret Thatcher donated $3m to the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, to establish the Thatcher Center, it was John Blundell who proposed the toast to her in front of the 500+ audience assembled to mark the occasion. This book is his personal portrait of Margaret Thatcher, the woman who was the pivotal point of the rescue of a country, a woman who woke up her nation and made it once again a world leader. It is not only the story of her life but also an examination of the ideas, interests, and circumstances surrounding key events.

The author illustrates Thatcher's decisive style in handling potentially explosive issues, her sang-froid, and her charm through numerous vignettes and quotes. He relates the facts of Margaret Thatcher's terms in power and explains how policy reforms and political perspectives that are now taken for granted in Britain had to be fought for.

The transformation she brought to the United Kingdom was stunning on many fronts. Pre-Thatcher, Blundell says, a sclerotic union-dominated economy was typified by surly service, poor products and a "craven" business class. Post-Thatcher even the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), an exemplar of what Americans call the "liberal media," extended its coverage of the private business sector quite considerably, such is the emphasis on the values of capitalism in today's society. Service and product quality have been improved many times over. The choice and level of quality and service that had so impressed the author on his first visits to the U.S. in 1974 was becoming commonplace in the UK by the end of her terms as Prime Minister.
1. Childhood
2. University
3 Launching
4. Elected 40
5. Opposition I
6. Education Secretary
7. Reflections
8. Leader
9. Opposition II
10. Power
11. Liberating the Economy
12. Privatizing the Commanding Heights
13. Selling Off Public Housing
14. Going to War
15. Beating the Miners
16. Reforming the Unions
17. Battling the IRA
18. Befriending America
19. Kicking Down the Wall
20. Dealing With Brussels
21. Resignation
22. Retirement
23. Family: Denis, Carol, Mark
24. Men: Alf, Keith, Ronald, Alfred, Alan, Ralph
25. Her World
26. Ten Lessons

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