The Downing Street Years by Margaret Thatcher hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
HarperCollins, 1993, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white.
From the cover: The appearance of Margaret Thatchers memoirs has been one of the most eagerly awaited publishing events in many years. As this book now shows, rarely has such a sense of anticipation been so amply justified.
The Downing Street Years is, first and foremost, a brilliant first-hand portrayal of the events and personalities of her years in power. She gives riveting accounts of the great and critical moments of her premiership the three election victories, the Falklands War, the Miners Strike, the Brighton Bomb, the Westland Affair, her battles abroad with foreign federalists and at home with faint-hearted or misguided ministers. Her judgments of the men and women she has encountered, whether world statesmen or Cabinet colleagues, are completely, sometimes brutally, frank. She is lavish with praise where it is due; devastating in her criticism when it is not. The book ends with an account of her last days which is as gripping as anything in thriller fiction.
But The Downing Street Years is as much an argument as it is a record or a series of character portraits. No prime minister of modern times has sought to change Britain and its place in the world as radically as she did. Her government, she says, was about the application of a philosophy, not the implementation of an administrative programme. She sets out here with forcefulness and conviction the reasons for her beliefs and how she sought to turn them into action.
Good+ in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with a little wear to the dust wrapper as a result. Short tear to the head of the spine and again to the top corner of the lower panel. Text complete, clean and tight.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
[XIV] 914 pages. Index. 9½” x 6¼”.
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