Margaret Thatcher's Early Years

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Margaret Thatcher (Wikimedia Commons)

Charles Moore discusses Margaret Thatcher’s early life, rise to power, and first years as prime minister, and the ways she transformed Britain and the world in the late 20th century. Margaret Thatcher: From Grantham to the Falklands is the first volume of Charles Moore’s authorized biography, and sheds new light on the spectrum of British political life from Thatcher’s entry into Parliament in 1959 to what was arguably the zenith of her power—victory in the Falklands in 1982.


Charles Moore

Comments [7]

john from paradise square

Great interview Leonard! Mr. Moore sure did a dance around your brilliant questions about Mrs.Thatcher's response to the English occupation of Ireland

May. 24 2013 08:01 AM

irish and ANC "terrorists". funny,i'd of called them freedom fighters. but, that's just me.

May. 23 2013 08:02 PM
Francis Mead from New York

What a whitewash!!! A fawning, brown-nosing biography. Thatcher was strongly opposed to sanctions against South Africa and was a major bulwark for apartheid. She said that Mandela was a member of a terrorist organization. The Falklands War was not fought on principle, it was fought to save her own skin - including the criminal sinking of the Belgrano. Her position on the IRA was absurd, brutal and wrong - they weren't just criminals - the actions were political - a fact that eventually had to be recognized in political negotiations with Sinn Fein that led to a settlement. The fact that she "authorised" this biography clearly neutered any serious treatment of her career.

May. 23 2013 12:44 PM
fuva from harlemworld

Uh...the guest's response to the question about her enabling apartheid and branding Mandela/the ANC as simple terrorists is...crap.

May. 23 2013 12:38 PM
paulb from Prospect Heights

Did she lie to the British people about her policies and actions? Movies like "Brassed Off" certainly implied that. Also, if she was so kind as a young woman, why did she in maturity seem to have an impatient, imperious temperament that may have worked against her in governing?

May. 23 2013 12:26 PM

Has there ever been a more divisive figure in British leadership?

May. 23 2013 12:21 PM

Did she ever realise that the Big Bang (deregulation) in the City of London that she oversaw was responsible for the tsunami of cheap credit, avarice and consumerism that completely washed away the values of thrift and fiscal responsibility that she claimed to value?

May. 23 2013 12:14 PM

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