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Margaret Thatcher: Power and Personality

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
A strong and sometimes divisive figure in British and world politics, Margaret Thatcher was the longest-serving British Prime Minister in the 20th century and the only woman to ever hold the office. Drawing from an abundance of new, previously unpublished material from the Thatcher Archive at Churchill College, Cambridge, Jonathan Aitken's fresh and original biography is a ...more
Hardcover, 784 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA (first published January 1st 2013)
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Socraticgadfly
Feb 28, 2014 Socraticgadfly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, biography
This is a well-written book from a professional biographer who also happened to be a backbench Member of Parliament and supporter of Thatcher during her years as PM, going on to hold junkoir cabinet rank under John Major.

While a sympathetic biographer, and one who dated Thatcher's daughter, Aitken pulls no punches on Thatcher's failings, individual actions, or of her management/administration.

There, Aitken notes a few things.
1. She never learned how to "read" the Commons well;
2. The longer she s
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Virginie
Jun 24, 2014 Virginie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
I chose to read this biography as it encapsulates the whole life of Margaret Thatcher in one book. Its author, Jonathan Aitken has known Margareth Thatcher and her family quite intimately. In particular, he dated her daughter Carol Thatcher. He has been as well a Conservative Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom for 24 years, and a former British government Cabinet minister.

The book is easy to read and very entertaining. You feel you are in the room, witnessing Margaret Thatcher's decision
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Jim
May 30, 2014 Jim rated it it was amazing
I found this to be an outstanding and perceptive account of the life of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who led her Conservative Party to victory in three separate elections over a period of 11 years. Jonathan Aiken, the author, worked with and around PM Thatcher, serving initially as a Conservative Member of Parliament (he subsequently served in several cabinets in the post-Thatcher years and was imprisoned on charges of perjury for seven years). From the backbenches of Westminster, A ...more
Helen Rudolf
Feb 01, 2015 Helen Rudolf rated it really liked it
This is a well written, balanced account of Margaret Thatcher's life. I liked the balanced reflections at the end of each chapter and also the discreet insertion of personal accounts and perspectives at key junctures of the narrative as Aitken was, of course, a Tory MP and minister. The book makes Thatcher appear more human, but also confirms that her behaviour towards colleagues and her narrow minded world view were quite as awful as they appeared at the time to this Labour voting Finchley resi ...more
Jocelyn Allen
Jun 06, 2016 Jocelyn Allen rated it really liked it
Great book! It does get a little boring at times. Aitken paints a very descriptive, yet intriguing picture of Margaret Thatcher. He not only shows the strength and power of Margaret's personality, he also show the destructiveness of it as well. Aitken does not write one sided, instead he shows her human weakness and many flaws. I honestly did not want to finish the book, because of how well he portrayed her. He showed that Margaret was not only as the Iron Lady who struck fear into so many aroun ...more
Mary
Jan 16, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She was multi-faceted and interesting

I knew very little about Margaret Thatcher before reading this book. Of course she was in the news, along with Reagan, for many years, but I had no personal impression of her and her time in office.

She changed Britain and the world in several major ways, especially with privatization and as a friend of Gorbachev. She had a lot going for intellectually, but her personality was divisive. Good book, fair, admiring, but doesn't pull punches. Well written, flows.
Jeffery Hicks
Feb 08, 2015 Jeffery Hicks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A giant of our time

As North America I was unaware of Margaret Thatcher's tremendous accomplishments and her importance in history. It was a fascinating read and thoroughly enjoyable. An important an enigmatic individual.
Edy
Margaret Thatcher was known as the Iron Lady for good reason: She was tough. Her determination, confidence, and vision came through loud and clear in the pages of this book. As an American of British decent, I was always intrigued with Thatcher, the person; I really didn't delve into her politics or the way she achieved her goals. Although not the official Thatcher biography, Aitken was a colleague and personal friend thus giving the reader more of an inside view of Thatcher and the Thatcher era ...more
Susie
Sep 06, 2014 Susie rated it liked it
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Chapter 17 first step in foreign policy -Europe
Theresa
This was a pretty good biography of Margaret Thatcher. I think the fact that the author personally knew her was a huge advantage. I liked this biography but I didn't like Margaret Thatcher much.
N
Nov 18, 2013 N rated it liked it
Interessant, balansert og velskrevet, men i lengste laget
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Jonathan William Patrick Aitken is a former Conservative Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom for 24 years, and a former British government Cabinet minister. He was convicted of perjury in 1999 and received an 18-month prison sentence, of which he served seven months.
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