In this abridged edition of John Campbell's two acclaimed volumes on Margaret Thatcher, we trace the life of Britain's only female Prime Minister, from her upbringing in Grantham to her unexpected challenge for leadership of the Conservative party to her eleven tumultuous years in Downing Street and her eventual removal from power.
This is an extraordinary account of an extraordinary individual who changed the face of Britain; John Campbell portrays an ambitious and determined woman who started cautiously, grew in confidence after the Falklands War but became increasingly remote and domineering until she finally lost the trust of her colleagues.
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Anyone who really wants to know what happened between 1979 and 1990 should read this book - Daily Telegraph
The best book yet written about Lady Thatcher - Daily Telegraph
Superbly researched...unlike so many others is neither hagiography nor hatchet-job, and probably gets closer to the truth than any...magnificently told - Sunday Express
An enormously useful achievement...every twist and turn of her political life is here - The Times, Books of the Year
[A] thorough biography... brought together in a useful abridged paperback version... Campbell is a leading political biographer... Campbell's vivid account is easy to read - Financial Times
The best post-power biography is John Campbell's intensely detailed two-volume Margaret Thatcher. Anyone who wants to know what she did should turn to it - Guardian
Campbell's style is cool, detached, offering sympathy, praise, criticism, and blame in equal measure... It's an enlightened and enlightening portrayal of Thatcher and other key political figures of the 1980s - The Independent on Sunday
John Campbell's biography... is the most fair-minded and scrupulous study of Lady Thatcher yet - The Times
A fascinating peek behind the handbag' - Viewspaper
How Britain’s first woman prime minister achieved her full political ascendency is a story brilliantly told in John Campbell’s biography - Sunday Telegraph (Seven)
John Campbell is recognised as one of Britain's leading political biographers. In addition to Edward Heath, which won the NCR Award in 1994, his subjects have included Lloyd George (1977), F.E. Smith, Lord Birkenhead (1983), Roy Jenkins (1983) and Aneurin Bevan (1986). His most recent books are If Love Were All: The Story of FrancesStevenson and David Lloyd George, and Pistols at Dawn, published by Jonathan Cape in June 2009. He is currently writing the authorised biography of Roy Jenkins.