Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Volume One: Not For Turning (Paperback)
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Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Volume One: Not For Turning (Paperback)

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Not For Turning is the first volume of Charles Moore's authorized biography of Margaret Thatcher, the longest serving Prime Minister of the twentieth century and one of the most influential political figures of the postwar era.

Charles Moore's biography of Margaret Thatcher, published after her death on 8 April 2013, immediately supersedes all earlier books written about her. At the moment when she becomes a historical figure, this book also makes her into a three dimensional one for the first time. It gives unparalleled insight into her early life and formation, especially through her extensive correspondence with her sister, which Moore is the first author to draw on. It recreates brilliantly the atmosphere of British politics as she was making her way, and takes her up to what was arguably the zenith of her power, victory in the Falklands. (This volume ends with the Falklands Dinner in Downing Street in November 1982.) Moore is clearly an admirer of his subject, but he does not shy away from criticising her or identifying weaknesses and mistakes where he feels it is justified. Based on unrestricted access to all Lady Thatcher's papers, unpublished interviews with her and all her major colleagues, this is the indispensable, fully rounded portrait of a towering figure of our times.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780140279566
Number of pages: 896
Weight: 644 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 39 mm


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Moore has produced a biography so masterly ... that it comes as close as biography can come to being a work of art -- Craig Brown * Mail on Sunday *
Moore's great gift is his ability to make Thatcher's story fresh again, and above all to remind us of how odd she was ... the access to her family and friends enabled Moore to produce a multifaceted picture of a compelling life ... [this] will now become the definitive account -- Anne Applebaum * Daily Telegraph *
Intricate, elegant and laced with dry humour -- Andrew Rawnsley * Observer *
Outstandingly good -- A.N. Wilson * Evening Standard *

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“SUPERB - Like speaking to and living with Margaret Thatcher.”

This is one of the best biographies I have ever read.

The author gets under Thatcher’s skin as he guides us through her early years and the clear influence that her father and Methodist upbringing had on her. He... More

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