The Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher, from Grocer's Daughter to Prime Minister

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Penguin, Oct 25, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 576 pages

The Iron Lady, the definitive Margaret Thatcher biography, is available just in time for the movie starring Meryl Streep as one of the most infamous figures in postwar politics.

Whether you love her or hate her, Margaret Thatcher's impact on twentieth-century history is undeniable. From her humble, small-town upbringing to her rise to power as the United Kingdom's first female prime minister, to her dramatic fall from grace after more than three decades of service, celebrated biographer John Campbell delves into the story of this fascinating woman's life as no one has before. The result of more than nine years of meticulous research, The Iron Lady is the only balanced, unvarnished portrait of Margaret Thatcher, one of the most vital and controversial political figures of our time.


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A need for enemies
Scargill and the miners
Livingstone and local government
Spies moles and wimmin
Faith in the City
Academic poison
Trotskyists in the BBC
Friends in Fleet Street

Member for Finchley
Maiden speech
The Common Market
Pensions minister
Retaining Finchley
Shadow boxing
Shadow Cabinet
Shadow Education Secretary
The minister and her department
Defending her budget
Milk snatcher
Out of office
The roulette wheel
Shadow Environment Secretary
Someone had to stand
On trial
Awkward baptism
Cold Warrior
Quite a dame
Emergence of the Iron Lady
Cautious crusader
The battle of ideas
The Right Approach
Pocket Britannia
Labour Isnt Working
Winter of discontent
Into battle
Hello Maggie
Where there is discord
A traditional Tory Cabinet
Inside Number Ten
The Prime Minister and Whitehall
The economy
First steps in foreign policy
The Bloody British Question
Rhodesia into Zimbabwe
The end of the beginning
The failure of monetarism
Softly softly
Joseph on the rack
The 1981 budget and the routing of the wets
Falklands or Malvinas?
The Saturday debate
Britannia at war
The diplomacy of war
Victory and after
The emergence of Thatcherism
The limits of radicalism
We are the true peace movement
June 1983
Into the second term
High noon
Banana skins
From bust to boom
Propertyowning democracy
The family silver
An enterprise society?
Mrs Thatcher and the Foreign Office
Ron and Margaret
Defusing the Cold War
Good European
Pragmatism in Hong Kong
South Africa and the Commonwealth
The Middle East
Aid and arms
The arts in the market place
a real enemy
The AngloIrish Agreement
She who must be obeyed
The decline of Parliament
The power of patronage
Rival queens
The cult of Maggie
Helicopters leaks and lies
That Bloody Woman
June 1987
Society thats no one
The new Cabinet
Whats to stop us?
education housing and health
The poll tax
Permanent revolution
Inflation again
The declaration of Bruges
The ambush before Madrid
The export of Thatcherism
The collapse of Communism and the problem of Germany
The environment and global warming
Arms and the Gulf
No time to go wobbly
Ten more years?
The Chancellors position was unassailable
The Major Hurd axis
The sheep that turned
Tarzans moment
Treachery with a smile on its face
Last rites
Unemployed workaholic
Backseat driver
The Mummys curse
1 Dutiful Daughter
2 Young Conservative
3 First Steps
4 Opposition
5 Education Secretary
6 The Peasants Revolt
7 Leader of the Opposition
8 Thatcherism under Wraps
9 Into Downing Street
10 The Blessed Margaret
11 Signals of Intent
12 Heading for the Rocks
13 Salvation in the South Atlantic
14 Falklands Effect
15 Popular Capitalism
Special relationships
Europe and the World
18 Enemies Within
19 Irish Dimension
20 Elective Dictatorship
21 Stumble and Recovery
22 No Such Thing as Society
23 A Diet of Brussels
24 Tomorrow the World
25 On and On
26 The Defenestration of Downing Street
27 Afterlife
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About the author (2011)

John Campbell is a leading political biographer. His other books include Lloyd George, Pistols at Dawn: Two Hundred Years of Political Rivalry from Pitt and Fox to Blair and Brown, and Edward Heath, for which he won the NCR Book Award. He lives in England.

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