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Thatcher's Trial by Kwasi Kwarteng
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it was ok
bookshelves: politics

It's set up as a dramatic retelling of a pivotal six months in Thatcher's career. But it's neither dramatic, and so it doesn't seem particularly pivotal.

Undoubtedly, the events of that year - hunger strikes, riots, strife on the left, and the purge of the Wets - were all key moments in Thatcher's early premiership. But all they reveal to us is that she was resolute (or inflexible depending on your point of view). Not new news. And although they're all talked about in the space of one book, they're not crafted into a convincing connected narrative.

The framing of Thatcher's Methodism and Manichean world view is interesting. Explored in greater depth, THAT would have been a fascinating political study.
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August 19, 2015 – Started Reading
August 19, 2015 – Shelved
August 19, 2015 – Shelved as: politics
August 25, 2015 – Finished Reading

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