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"There is no alternative" : why Margaret Thatcher matters / Claire Berlinski.

Author/Creator:
Berlinski, Claire, author.
Publication:
New York : Basic Books, [2008] , ©2008
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (399 pages) : illustrations
Subjects:
Thatcher, Margaret.
Conservatism -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1979-1997.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
Great Britain in the 1970s appeared to be in terminal decline--ungovernable, an economic wreck, and rapidly headed for global irrelevance. Three decades later, it is the richest and most influential country in Europe, and Margaret Thatcher is the reason. The preternaturally determined Thatcher rose from nothing, seized control of Britain's Conservative party, and took a sledgehammer to the nation's postwar socialist consensus. She proved that socialism could be reversed, inspiring a global free-market revolution. Simultaneously exploiting every politically useful aspect of her femininity and defying every conventional expectation of women in power, Thatcher crushed her enemies with a calculated ruthlessness that stunned the British public and without doubt caused immense collateral damage. Ultimately, however, author Berlinski agrees with Thatcher: There was no alternative. Berlinski explains what Thatcher did, why it matters, and how she got away with it in this vivid portrait of one of the towering figures of the twentieth century.--From publisher description.
Contents:
The shrine of mother Margaret
La pasionaria of middle-class privilege
"I hate communists"
Diva, matron, housewife, shrew
The sledgehammer
For strategic sheep purposes
Coal and iron
Miners is miners
The triumvirate
No! No! No!
Conclusion: why Margaret Thatcher matters.
Notes:
Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on print version record.
ISBN:
0-465-03121-8
1-282-94541-6
1-280-59857-3
9786612945410
9786613628404
0-465-03122-6
0-7867-2648-2
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