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Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher: A Political Marriage

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  177 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
New details of the remarkable relationship between two leaders who teamed up to change history.

It?s well known that Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher were close allies and kindred political spirits. During their eight overlapping years as U.S. president and UK prime minister, they stood united for free markets, low taxes, and a strong defense against communism. But just
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Sentinel (first published November 8th 2007)
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Heather
Jan 04, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fascinating character study on two indelible figures in conservative politics. Having grown up in this period but not having been so cognizant of all that was going on around me, it was interesting to get the back story on events in history like the Falklands war, the invasion of Grenada and the assassination attempt on President Reagan.

The "special relationship" that the United States shares with Great Britain seems at odds with our start at the great experiment of democracy. Howeve
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Sherri
Apr 09, 2013 Sherri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating book about Reagan and Thatcher and their unusually close friendship, which some would claim helped lead the world out of the Cold War. It's very readable and interesting all the way through. Though many political events and dates are covered, it never gets dry because the author keeps the focus on the people and the friendship.

This book was particularly engaging to me because it covers a period of time and events that I remember from my childhood and teenage years. (Ex: I remember
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Nicole
Dec 13, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice departure from some of the fiction that I've been reading of late. Great portraits of some of the world's leaders during the 80s. Appreciated a better understanding of both the Falkland and Grenada conflicts.

What I most appreciated was the correspondence between the two leaders. In an age of digital media, it feels as though this is a lost art. The mutual appreciation and trust exhibited through their letters was a great way for Wapshott to present their growing relationship through the yea
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Avi Aharon
May 17, 2017 Avi Aharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good introductory book for anyone who had never read about Reagan, or Thatcher.
David Carraturo
Jan 15, 2012 David Carraturo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book very insightful but a bit frustrating. I enjoyed the underlying story of the friendship of the two leaders, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. I also found the details behind the many geopolitical and economic policy decisions made to be quite interesting. A few things did bother me though I would still recommend this to any political wonk. First, it was very dry at times. The beginning chapters about the respective leaders rise to political fame was engrossing, but once the ...more
Ray Campbell
Jun 27, 2016 Ray Campbell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher: A Political Marriage" is a sentimental journey through the years Reagan and Thatcher pursued their vision of conservatism and worked together to end the Cold War. The book begins with biographical sketches of both Reagan and Thatcher from early childhood to their journeys to power. The bulk of the book covers the major events of the years they held office.

Wapshott is clearly biased doing little to hide his affection for Reagan and Thatcher and his admiration
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Doug
A good book about two great leaders, which almost reads like a novel. The book explores the relationship between Regan and Thatcher, there beliefs, their agreements, and their differences, but in they end always presenting an united from to the world.

The stories about the Falklands, Grenada, the relations with the various Russian leaders and Gorbachev, their confrontations with unions and the attempts on their lives demonstrates their leadership styles and their approach to the various problems
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Don Weidinger
Jul 05, 2015 Don Weidinger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
family most important, how to pray and trust in God’s will, opposition party by splinter interest group, obey rules or get out of college, if not concerned with credit accomplish lot, line item veto, politization of judicial fixed in CA, small # of activists, fdr identified the narcotic of welfare, fraud widespread in welfare, lured by independents, others underestimated, 2am courage, UK big govt and pensions after ww2, Carter too eager to please foreign leaders, rule of law and dignity with fre ...more
Elizabeth S
Jun 28, 2012 Elizabeth S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of the most interesting bio. I have read in a long time. The connection between Thatcher and Reagan was one of the most important in modern history. They accomplished so much together.
The parallels between their lives was part of what drew them together as well as political agreement. This book also details some of the character traits that brought them to the point they were in.
The only thing that is a real pity is that Margaret Thatcher is not treated with the respect due
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Simcha Levental
May 15, 2013 Simcha Levental rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The day Thatcher died and the media did not stop talking about her in so many conflicting ways I noticed I do not know enough about this duo. This book seamed well suited to answer many of my questions. The beginning and the end of the book are less interesting and maybe even less relevant to the days they governed but the focus on the personalities and their upbringing does shed a light on their decision making.
Judy
Jun 24, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A look at the personal friendship, including its spats and sacrifices, of Reagan and Thatcher, whose terms overlapped during the eight years Reagan was President. I was surprised at the instant liking they took to each other, but after reading this book, I realized how much they had in common, both personally and politically.
Michael Harris
Sep 11, 2011 Michael Harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another friends of HHI library find. I have read a number of books about and by both Reagan and Thatcher but found this walk through their common years as Heads of their Countries fascinating. They were ideologically in sync and together, through an unusual personal and professional collaboration contributed to an era of peace, prosperity and financial strengthening of their countries.
Adam
Aug 28, 2011 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book popped up when I was searching for another Thatcher book I want to read. Forgot about this one. Nice story on the unlikely relationship between Thatcher and Reagan, how they became political soul mates, and how their relationship was one full of debate at times. Enjoyed this which is written more from the British and Thatcher perspective.
Michael Taylor
Jul 24, 2011 Michael Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An outstanding book that brings a more personal level to the historic relationship between the two leaders. A valuable addition to the growing number of books putting the Reagan years in perspective.
Tom Schulte
Sep 19, 2011 Tom Schulte rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio
This was a great read; biographies of two iconic 20th Century political figures intertwined with each other against the backdrop of global power shifts and the evolution what has come to be American conservatism.
Tom Schulte
Sep 19, 2011 Tom Schulte rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio
This was a great read; biographies of two iconic 20th Century political figures intertwined with each other against the backdrop of global power shifts and the evolution what has come to be American conservatism.
Tom Schulte
Sep 19, 2011 Tom Schulte rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio
This was a great read; biographies of two iconic 20th Century political figures intertwined with each other against the backdrop of global power shifts and the evolution what has come to be American conservatism.
Tom Schulte
Sep 19, 2011 Tom Schulte rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio
This was a great read; biographies of two iconic 20th Century political figures intertwined with each other against the backdrop of global power shifts and the evolution what has come to be American conservatism.
Tom Schulte
This was a great read; biographies of two iconic 20th Century political figures intertwined with each other against the backdrop of global power shifts and the evolution what has come to be American conservatism.
Tom Schulte
Sep 19, 2011 Tom Schulte rated it liked it
Shelves: history, politics
This was a great read; biographies of two iconic 20th Century political figures intertwined with each other against the backdrop of global power shifts and the evolution what has come to be American conservatism.
Jason Arant
Oct 06, 2009 Jason Arant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent work touching the high points of the alliance between Reagan and Thatcher. The relationship between these two Cold War leaders was very reminiscent of Churchill and Roosevelt's relationship depicted in "Churchill and America". A great read!
David R.
An insightful thesis. Wapshott, I think, overreaches in his concept, and the background biographical matter is handled awkwardly. But by and large he achieves an understanding Edmund Morris, for example, did not.
Tom Schulte
Sep 19, 2011 Tom Schulte rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio
This was a great read; biographies of two iconic 20th Century political figures intertwined with each other against the backdrop of global power shifts and the evolution what has come to be American conservatism.
Tom Schulte
Sep 19, 2011 Tom Schulte rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio
This was a great read; biographies of two iconic 20th Century political figures intertwined with each other against the backdrop of global power shifts and the evolution what has come to be American conservatism.
Tom Schulte
This was a great read; biographies of two iconic 20th Century political figures intertwined with each other against the backdrop of global power shifts and the evolution what has come to be American conservatism.
Tom Schulte
Sep 19, 2011 Tom Schulte rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio
This was a great read; biographies of two iconic 20th Century political figures intertwined with each other against the backdrop of global power shifts and the evolution what has come to be American conservatism.
Tom Schulte
Sep 19, 2011 Tom Schulte rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio
This was a great read; biographies of two iconic 20th Century political figures intertwined with each other against the backdrop of global power shifts and the evolution what has come to be American conservatism.
Harley
Excellent exploration of the relationship between Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. This is neither a complete history or biography. The focus is on the relationship and how they came to share similar beliefs.
Tom Schulte
This was a great read; biographies of two iconic 20th Century political figures intertwined with each other against the backdrop of global power shifts and the evolution what has come to be American conservatism.
Don
Jul 13, 2013 Don rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read.
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Nicholas Wapshott is a journalist and the author of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher: A Political Marriage. A former senior editor at The Times of London and the New York Sun, he lives in New York.
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