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Thatcher and Sons A Revolution in Three Acts by Simon Jenkins
  

Thatcher and Sons A Revolution in Three Acts

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Thatcher and Sons A Revolution in Three Acts by Simon Jenkins

The history of Britain in the last thirty years, under both Conservative and Labour governments, has been dominated by one figure - Margaret Thatcher. Her election marked a decisive break with the past and her premiership transformed not just her country, but the nature of democratic leadership. Simon Jenkins analyses this revolution from its beginnings in the turmoil of the 1970s through the social and economic changes of the 1980s. Was Thatcherism a mere medicine for an ailing economy or a complete political philosophy? And did it eventually fall victim to the dogmatism and control which made it possible? This is the story of the events, personalities, defeats and victories which will be familiar to all those who lived through them, but seen through a new lens. It is also an argument about how Thatcher's legacy has continued down to the present. Not just John Major, but Tony Blair and Gordon Brown are her heirs and acolytes. And as the Conservative party reinvents itself as a viable political force once again, is the age of Thatcher finally over?

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As Simon Jenkins argues in this splendidly readable and provocative account of the last thirty years, we still live in the Lady's shadow * Dominic Sandbrook *


About the Author

Simon Jenkins

Simon Jenkins is the author of the bestselling England’s Thousand Best Churches and England’s Thousand Best Houses, the former editor of The Times and Evening Standard and a columnist for the Guardian. He is also chairman of the National Trust.

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Publication date

6th September 2007

Author

Simon Jenkins

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Politics & government

ISBN

9780141006246

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