Nuanced and poignant, yet unsparing and honest, this sweeping account has all the amplitude of a great Russian novel. His work will very likely stand alongside that of John Morley, official biographer of Gladstone, as one of the masterpieces of British political history. Boasting unprecedented access to Thatcher colleagues, friends, family, and all her government and private papers, Moore offers a groudbreaking and essential portrait of a titanic figure, with all her capabilities and flaw, during the years of her greatest power. It was not the least of her feats to have found in Charles Moore the ideal biographer. Moore has received critical acclaim for weaving history, politics, psychology and sociology together in this biography of Margaret Thatcher. 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. She found herself isolated within her own government.
There are many issues spanning 1982 to 1987 touching on a multitude of events and people who contributed positively or negatively to those events. Both these last would later return to wound her, fatally. She went out of her way to flatter and charm the President in order to bend him to her will. We see her as a public performer, an often anxious mother, a workaholic and the first woman in Western democratic history who truly came to dominate her country in her time. Reagan would deceive her during the U.
Margaret Thatcher: From Grantham to the Falklands is already one of the great classic political biographies. 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. 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. Any attempt to capture in words a leader so utterly sui generis requires abilities of the highest order. Volume Two of Moore's acclaimed authorized biography covers the central, triumphal years of her premiership, from the Falklands to the 1987 election.
But even at her zenith, Thatcher was best by difficulties. Thus writes Charles Powell, Thatcher's private secretary after her third election victory in June 1987, a feat which, to this day, no other British Prime Minister has accomplished. It is sure to be a treat. But in this case it is true. For the only time since Churchill, she ensured that Britain had a central place in dealings between the superpowers.
She found herself isolated within her own government. It is just the right point of view for approaching a polarizing figure…. Any attempt to capture in words a leader so utterly sui generis requires abilities of the highest order. For the only time since Churchill, Britain had a central place in dealings between the superpowers. He was editor of The Spectator from 1984 to 1990; editor of The Sunday Telegraph from 1992 to1995; and editor of The Daily Telegraph from 1995 to 2003, for which he is still a regular columnist. The economy remained weak and unemployment was stubbornly high. I would recommend this book, but it did take me an awfully long time to read.
جون لويس غاديس: مراجِعة الكتب في صحيفة نيويورك تايمز ٭ ٭ ٭ «أسلوب يتفوق على الشكل المعروف لكتّاب كبار آخرين. But even at her zenith, Thatcher was best by difficulties. She bullied senior colleagues and she set in motion the poll tax. This is the portrayal of a life well-lived, explored in a book well-written. Many ambitious and highly educated British people emigrated, seeking better opportunity abroad.
Rather, Stelzer explores what makes Murdoch so unique: whether that be down to his love of taking risks, his mistrust of the establishment, or his unconventional management style. His work will very likely stand alongside that of John Morley, official biographer of Gladstone, as one of the masterpieces of British political history. Fascinating insights into the complexity of her relationship with Ronald Reagan, her central role in Gorbachev's emergence as an agent for change in the moribund Soviet empire and the vast network of influence she built with a range of world leaders based on her extraordinary personality and charisma. Margaret Thatcher: From Grantham to the Falklands is the first of two volumes, and it presents a remarkable and richly detailed portrait. The number of interviews he has conducted is simply staggering.
He joined the staff of The Daily Telegraph in 1979, and as a political columnist in the 1980s covered several years of Mrs. He wanted, beginning as early as 1983, to try something new for moral and practical reasons. The Cold War was another issue of great concern to Thatcher, and Moore begins this part of the book relating details about how she developed her relationship with Mikhail Gorbachev in spite of wary feelings between the West and the Soviet Union. The Brighton bomb in 1984 is also described in detail, embedded in the larger context of Anglo-Irish relations. Thatcher back into the forefront long after her departure from the political scene. Ronald Reagan won the Cold War by driving the Russians into bankruptcy.
Yet Moore reminds readers that it was Thatcher who was the hawk in dealings with the Soviets, and it was Reagan who tended toward dovishness. Read it in two chunks. Washington I was reading a brilliant biography of Lady Thatcher by Charles Moore entitled Margaret Thatcher: At Her Zenith: In London, Washington, and Moscow just about the time that our President was delivering his rhetorical serving of mush at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. I'd give this a 4. This is an excellent book and brings Mrs.
She found herself isolated within her own government. Charles Moore was born in 1956 and educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he read history. With unequaled authority and dramatic detail, the first volume of Charles Moore s authorized biography of Margaret Thatcher reveals as never before the early life, rise to power, and first years as prime minister of the woman who transformed Britain and the world in the late twentieth century. Although not particularly interested or versed in matters concerning Ireland, she managed to carry things forward quite substantially, resulting in the Anglo-Irish Agreement of 1985, regarded as a cornerstone in the process of pacification of Ireland and the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1997. But even at her zenith she was beset by difficulties. His work not only does justice to her achievements but comes as close as possible to evoking what she was really like.