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Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  271 ratings  ·  16 reviews
I wanted to write one more book -- and I wanted it to be about the future.Few leaders have stood on the brink of change to the extent of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Now this commanding world figure draws upon her unrivaled political experience to comment on the threats that democracy faces at the dawn of the new millennium and on the role that Western ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published March 25th 2003 by Harper Perennial (first published January 1st 2002)
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Chin Joo
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The title of this book is a little of a misnomer. I was expecting a book that would discuss a craft, but instead got one that is more of Mrs Thatcher's beliefs and reflections of how Britain should have and should relate to other countries, and in particular Europe. She clearly has a strong opinion and cannot be described as idealistic, where peace is concerned. She is of the opinion that peace can only be maintained when power is in the hands of the 'good guys', which she made clear in the book ...more
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"...Conservatives have excellent credentials to speak about human rights. By our efforts, and with precious little help from self-styled liberals, we were largely responsible for securing liberty for a substantial share of the world's population and defending it for most of the rest." -- Margaret Thatcher, P. 249

That quote from the book is probably the best way to sum up all of its more than 400 pages.

In Statecraft, Thatcher reveals an unapologetic plea for the application of common sense conse
Mar 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Thick, full of history, and good. Worth reading. Margaret Thatcher sounds like a remarkable woman and I look forward to reading more by her
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it

"The demand that power be limited and accountable, the determination that force shall not override justice, the conviction that individual human beings have an absolute and moral worth which government must respect- such things are uniquely embedded in the political culture of the English-speaking people's. They are the bedrock of civilized statecraft. They are our enduring legacy to the world." - Margaret Thatcher

This reflection provided by Thatcher sums up why she is one of my heroes. Her ic
David Alexandre Silva
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Depois deste livro fiquei a discordar sobre assuntos que antes discordava com ela, e a concordar com assuntos que antes discordava com ela. Realmente, uma escrita que traduz o seu caracter determinado, e que nas suas muitas linhas de pensamento europeu lemos previsões que hoje sabemos terem-se tornado realidade. O fracasso do euro e o papel de um governo alemão de intenção federalista é algo que hoje em dia podemos desmembrar como parte integral desta Europa de interesses.
There is no such thing as grey area in Margaret Thatcher's methodology of governance. She minces no words and goes on the offensive or defensive for what she believes is justified and not what is popular. Political correctness be damned and she will whack naysayers of Reagan's America, Gorbachev and Pinochet with her iron handbag. The lady suffers no wimps. Refreshing yet disturbing at the same time.
Tair Kuanyshev
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Even so the name of the book is catching, content is frustrating. Margaret Thatcher, the "iron lady" mostly praises United States as a undoubted global leader. She even does not account own UK as a leading country in prospective. Good points contain well written historic facts and her own views on the history line. Overall the book is only onetime reading, should be interested for people who wants to see only the US as a gegemonic power in the world!
Louis Leung
Mar 11, 2013 rated it liked it
An insider look at international relations at the highest level. Although I don't agree on some of the things mentioned (especially on how to influence other countries to *counter balance* the powers of the world), I was in awe on the breath and depth on some of her analysis. The iron lady is no joke.
Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Very interesting. I knew nothing about Lady Thatcher prior to finding this book. After this experience, I have a better appreciation for the managed collapse and transition of the Soviet to post-Soviet Russia, and the role of political leadership in shaping history.
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
She is one of my personal heroines! Very insightful, well written and spot on!
Good book
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May 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: statecraft
Margaret Thatcher's Statecraft is spot on!
Alina Ioana
A very complex book. It gives you a very good idea about international relations nowadays and which is more, about the fight for supremacy.
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Must read. Her thoughts on the EU and the Euro are scary but accurate.
Suggestions for the future should be read by our leaders in DC
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Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS (née Roberts) was a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the first and to date only woman to hold either post.

Born in Grantham in Lincolnshire, England, she went on to read Chemistry at Somerville College, Oxford. She was sel