The Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, from Grocer's Daughter to Prime Minister

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  • Edition: Abridged
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-10-25
  • Publisher: Penguin Books

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Publishing to coincide with Meryl Streep's performance as one of the most infamous figures in postwar politics. Whether you love her or hate her, Margaret Thatcher's impact on twentieth-century history is undeniable. From her humble, small-town upbringing to her rise to power as the United Kingdom's first female prime minister, to her dramatic fall from grace after more than three decades of service, celebrated biographer John Campbell delves into the story of this fascinating woman's life as no one has before. The result of more than nine years of meticulous research, The Iron Ladyis the only balanced, unvarnished portrait of one of the most politically vital and controversial figures of our time.

Author Biography

John Campbell is a leading political biographer. His other books include Lloyd George, Pistols at Dawn: Two Hundred Years of Political Rivalry from Pitt and Fox to Blair and Brown, and Edward Heath, for which he won the NCR Book Award. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Dutiful Daughterp. 1
Young Conservativep. 17
First Stepsp. 32
Oppositionp. 42
Education Secretaryp. 54
The Peasants' Revoltp. 66
Leader of the Oppositionp. 77
Thatcherism under Wrapsp. 92
Into Downing Streetp. 103
The Blessed Margaretp. 114
Signals of Intentp. 133
Heading for the Rocksp. 157
Salvation in the South Atlanticp. 184
Falklands Effectp. 207
Popular Capitalismp. 228
Iron Lady I: Special Relationshipsp. 254
Iron Lady II: Europe and the Worldp. 286
Enemies Withinp. 311
Irish Dimensionp. 337
Elective Dictatorshipp. 352
Stumble and Recoveryp. 369
No Such Thing as Societyp. 387
A Diet of Brusselsp. 411
Tomorrow the Worldp. 424
On and On Downing Streetp. 446
The Defenestration of Downingp. 457
Afterlifep. 476
Notes and Referencesp. 503
Sources and Bibliographyp. 540
Indexp. 555
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