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One Of Us: Life Of Margaret Thatcher

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  73 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Written to coincide with a Channel 4 series on Lady Thatcher, this biography is based on intimate conversations between the Prime Minister and the major politicians of the period and Hugo Young. It traces her life from being an apprentice under Harold Macmillan and her participation in the government of Edward Heath, to her unquestioning destruction of the Conservatism of ...more
Paperback, 672 pages
Published May 14th 1993 by Pan (first published January 1st 1989)
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Aug 28, 2014 Terry rated it liked it
"One of Us" has been sitting on my bookshelf for over 20 years, but it's time has finally come. Hugo Young, an excellent and profoundly insightful writer, covers Margaret Thatcher's career from its beginnings to her final re-election but, alas, leaves off before her own party dumped her, a part of the tale I really would have liked to read. I particularly enjoyed this because it covered almost exactly the years I spent in Britain (1979-1992), years dominated by Mrs. Thatcher, about whom I wrote ...more
May 11, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
Honestly I struggled with this. It was a bit dry and so detailed about the details of government - and somehow not about her but about policies.

It was interesting to be taken back to the time and see what was going on behind closed doors. I was only just old enough to understand and follow politics at the time, so looking back was interesting. However, I never got a sense, from the book, of the feelings of the time. I remember it as being a very edgey, slightly verging on out of control, and thi
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Nov 25, 2014 Richard Thomas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uk-politics
I returned to this after Mrs Thatcher's death to read how Hugo Young's survey of her life and politics had worn since it was published in 1991. At that time the Spectator called it a magnificently authoritative work and having re-read it, I can't differ. I have not yet read Charles Moore's biography which I understand brings new aspects to her earlier years but Young's political analysis is strong and his wide understanding of British politics put her term of office into a context which I do not ...more
Charles Blumberg
Good historical account of Thatchers rise from obscurity into a world leader and how she led Britain out of years of liberalism into Thatcherism and a decade of prosperity via lower taxes, lower gov't spending, reducing the power of unions, privatizing companies. Pales in comparison to biographies of Harry Truman and John Adams (my gold standard of biographies).
May 02, 2013 Tomkeese rated it liked it
Interesting book. Unfortunately for the reader, the author is intimately familiar with the history and politics of the era of Margret Thatcher so a lot of the discussion only makes sense to someone familiar with British government in the 1970 - 1980 era. In spite of the, the book does give a pretty clear picture of Margret Thatcher and her impact on English and world polotics.
Sep 29, 2011 Duncan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference, biography
Probably written too early for a political biography. Compare and contrast with We in Scotland: Thatcherism in a Cold Climate.
I should have waited to read a book about her that was written more towards the time of her death in order to get a complete picture of her. This book was slow in places focusing, it seemed, more on her foes than Mrs. Thatcher herself.
Maysoon Ali
Aug 02, 2009 Maysoon Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Revealing information about a very strong Prime Minister who put politics and success over everything.
May 27, 2012 Escargot rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Reads like a compilation of news reports that the author put together. Its hardly reliable. Young lacks Manchester's ability to hook you from page having a hard time finishing..
Susanne T Schroder
Feb 20, 2013 Susanne T Schroder rated it really liked it
Just re-read the 1990 edition, published just before she went. Fascinating reading, a little dry in parts, truly thrilling in others. Essential for students of the 1970s and 1980s political scene.
Aug 17, 2013 Jana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tedious in its level of detail. It read more like a reporter's daily journal. Also, very one-sided, not objective.
Christian Caryl
Apr 13, 2013 Christian Caryl rated it liked it
Written by a journalist who covered Thatcher during her term in office. Solid, but ultimately a bit dated. If you're looking for a one-volume treatment of her life, this will probably do.
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May 10, 2013 Ron Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Superb. I really miss Hugo Young since his death in 2003, great political journalist.
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Long, long book but paints a great picture
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Hugo John Smelter Young was a British journalist and columnist and senior political commentator at The Guardian.
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