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Pan Macmillan, Jun 13, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 600 pages
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In this acclaimed political biography, Hugo Young traces Thatcher’s journey from her apprenticeship under Harold Macmillan and her participation in the government of Edward Heath, to her unquestioning destruction of the Conservatism of the 1950s and 1960s and her emergence as a senior stateswoman of the Western world. Drawing on his first-hand experience of covering British politics during the 1970s and 80s, Young presents unique insight into Margaret Thatcher’s final term and the astonishing story of her fall. Richly detailed, intimate and with a full assessment of her historical importance, this is the ultimate portrait of Britain’s first female Prime Minister and her influence on British politics.‘Hugo Young’s wonderfully deadpan biography scrutinises our domestic version of a banana-republic supremo. To be read through twice – and carefully kept for reference’ Norman Lewis, Daily Telegraph ‘Young tells the Thatcher story with fairness and natural elegance, and constructs a rich and subtle portrait’ Peter Jenkins ‘The best book on Mrs Thatcher and the modern Conservative period’ Malcolm Rutherford, Financial Times ‘A remarkable portrait of the most partisan, embattled prime minister of modern times’ Sunday Times ‘a magnificently authoritative work, a textbook to its epoch . . . In its explanatory power, this book is outstanding: a tour de force of political commentary’ Spectator

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The Iron Lady has now died, having observed her from afar I knew little about her. This is a biography of Margaret Thatcher, but does not pretend to cover all the details, but an more of an analysis ... Read full review

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Hugo Young was, for many years, one of the UK's most important political journalists. Beginning his career as leader writer on The Sunday Times in 1965, he rose to become deputy editor in 1981 and for many years wrote the influential political column, Sunday. He left after the paper was bought by Rupert Murdoch, and became a lead political commentator for the Guardian until his death in 2003.

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