The Downing Street years / Margaret Thatcher.
By: Thatcher, Margaret.Material type: TextPublisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins, ©1993Edition: 1st ed.Description: xiv, 914 pages, 40 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0060170565; 9780060170561; 0060925639; 9780060925635.Subject(s): Thatcher, Margaret | Conservative Party (Great Britain) | Thatcher, Margaret, 1925- | Conservative Party (Grande-Bretagne) | Thatcher, Margaret | Conservative Party (Great Britain) | Thatcher, Margaret | Conservative Party (Great Britain) | Thatcher, Margaret | Conservative Party (Great Britain) | Women prime ministers -- Great Britain -- Biography | Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1979-1997 | Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- 1979-1997 | Premières ministres -- Grande-Bretagne -- Biographies | Grande-Bretagne -- Politique et gouvernement -- 1979-1990 | Grande-Bretagne -- Relations extérieures -- 1945- | Diplomatic relations | Politics and government | Women prime ministers | Great Britain | Chefs de gouvernement -- Grande-Bretagne -- Histoire -- 1970- | Grande-Bretagne -- Politique et gouvernement -- 1979-1997 | Grande-Bretagne -- Relations extérieures -- 1945- | Prime ministers -- Great Britain -- Biography | Women prime ministers -- Great Britain | Great Britain -- Politics and government | Prime ministers -- Great Britain -- Biography | Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1979-1997 | Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- 1979-1997 | Women prime ministers -- Great Britain -- Biography | Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1979-1997 | Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- 1945- | 1979-1997 | Conservative Party (Great Britain) | Great Britain Foreign relations 1979-1997 | Great Britain Politics and government 1979-1997 | Thatcher, Margaret | Women prime ministers Great Britain BiographyGenre/Form: Autobiographies. | Biography. | Autobiography.Additional physical formats: Online version:: Downing Street years.Online resources: Booknotes episode and transcript Program air date: December 5, 1993.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
"The appearance of Margaret Thatcher's memoirs has been one of the most eagerly awaited publishing events in many years. As this book now shows, rarely has such a sense of anticipation been so amply justified." "The Downing Street Years is, first and foremost, a brilliant first-hand portrayal of the events and personalities of her years in power. She gives riveting accounts of the great and critical moments of her premiership - the three election victories, the Falklands War, the Miners' Strike, the Brighton Bomb, the Westland Affair, her battles abroad with foreign federalists and at home with faint-hearted or misguided ministers. Her judgements of the men and women she has encountered, whether world statesmen or Cabinet colleagues, are completely, sometimes brutally, frank. She is lavish with praise where it is due; devastating in her criticism when it is not. The book ends with an account of her last days which is as gripping as anything in thriller fiction." "But The Downing Street Years is as much an argument as it is a record or a series of character portraits. No prime minister of modern times has sought to change Britain and its place in the world as radically as she did. Her government, she says, was about the application of a philosophy, not the implementation of an administrative programme. She sets out here with forcefulness and conviction the reasons for her beliefs and how she sought to turn them into action." "Not the least interesting aspects of the book are the author's incidental insights into diplomacy ('the twin, opposing, temptations of statesmen are hubris and timidity'), political morality ('what is morally right often turns out to be politically expedient') and her own style and tone ('once I begin to follow a train of thought, I am not easily stopped'). It is a work intensely - sometimes unconsciously - revealing of the mind and personality of its author. The impression which emerges is, as one recent commentator put it, of a world-class battleship at full steam ahead. Her thoroughness, her passion for change, her tenacity and her astonishing determination are evident in every chapter of the book."
Over the shop -- Changing signals -- Into the whirlwind -- Not at all right, Jack -- Not for turning -- The west and the rest -- The Falklands war : follow the fleet -- The Falklands : victory -- Generals, commissars and Mandarins -- Disarming the left -- Home and dry -- Back to normalcy -- Mr Scargill's insurrection -- Shadows of gunmen -- Keeps raining all the time -- Men to do business with -- Putting the world to rights -- Jeux sans frontieres -- Hat trick -- An improving disposition -- Not so much a programme, more a way of life -- A little local difficulty -- To cut and to please -- Floaters and fixers -- The Babel express -- The world turned right side up -- No time to go wobbly -- Men in lifeboats.