Margaret Thatcher: A Portrait of the Iron Lady

By John Blundell | Go to book overview

Acknowledgements

This is not a work of scholarship. Rather it is a very personal interpretation of a very special life.

The book was inspired by the enthusiastic reactions to speeches I have given about Lady Thatcher to The Heritage Foundation in Colorado Springs and in Washington DC as well as to the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Dallas. I thank Bridgett Wagner, Dr. Ed Feulner and Brooke Rollins for hosting me. The buzz I got from those events is still with me.

From the start this book has been all about explaining the Thatcher phenomenon to people overseas, especially in the USA where she is so admired.

The only piece of remotely “original” research appears in Chapter 5 where I give much more detail on, and far more weight to, Margaret Thatcher’s 1967 and 1969 visits to the United States than any previous biographer or in my case hagiographer. I thank Lord Hunt of the Wirral, Chairman of the English Speaking Union, and US Ambassador Robert Tuttle for their help in this regard.

For a range of typing, editing, fact-checking, research and other help I thank in alphabetical order: Clare Batty, Christine Blundell, William Culleton III, Anthony Haynes, Rebekah Nordeck, Lisa Schwartz, and Robin Sillars.

The usual disclaimer applies.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • List of Acronyms ix
  • Acknowledgements xi
  • Protocol xiii
  • Table of Contents xv
  • Preface 1
  • Introduction 11
  • 1- Childhood 17
  • 2- University 25
  • 3- Launching 35
  • 4- Elected 45
  • 5- Opposition I 53
  • 6- Education Secretary 63
  • 7- Reflections 71
  • 8- Leader 77
  • 9- Opposition II 83
  • 10- Power 89
  • 11- Liberating the Economy 93
  • 12- Privatizing the Commanding Heights 99
  • 13- Selling off Public Housing 107
  • 14- Going to War 113
  • 15- Beating the Miners 121
  • 16- Reforming the Unions 127
  • 17- Battling the I.R.a 131
  • 18- Befriending America 137
  • 19- Kicking Down the Wall 141
  • 20- Dealing with Brussels 147
  • 21- Resignation 155
  • 22- Retirement 165
  • 23- Family 173
  • 24- Men 181
  • 25- Her World 191
  • 26- Ten Lessons 197
  • Postscript- What Remains to Be Done 207
  • Appendix I- Table of Margaret Thatcher’s Elections* 209
  • Appendix II- General Election Results from 1945 -2005 210
  • Further Reading 211
  • Index 213
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