The Path to Power

Author(s): Margaret Thatcher

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Margaret Thatcher's government was, she says, about the application of a philosophy, not the implementation of an administrative programme. These ideas and beliefs were propelled throughout her time in office by a forcefulness and conviction, particularly in critical moments in her premiership - the Falklands War, the miner's strike, the Brighton bomb and her three election victories.
In the second volume of her memoirs, following THE DOWNING STREET YEARS, she reveals the inspiration behind many of her philosophies. She discusses the formative years of her childhood in Grantham, the values she learnt at home, the profound influence of her shopkeeeping father, and of her own schooling on future Conservative education policies. She recounts her days at Oxford, her academic work as a scientist, marriage to Dennis, and the beginning of her career as a politician when in 1959 she was selected to stand at Finchley.

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'A book which should be read by everyone with any interest in contemporary history of political affairs' - Norman Tebbit, Daily Mail 'Some things in this life are priceless. So are Margaret Thatcher's guts. They have left their mark on the world. So will "The Downing Street Years"' - Daily Express

In 1979 Margaret Thatcher became the first woman British Prime Minister. A decade later she became the first premier for 160 years to win three consecutive general elections. In 1990 she resigned her leadership of an increasingly divided and turbulent government. She is the only PM to have given her name to a branch of political philosophy, and arguably the most important figure in postwar British politics.

General Fields

  • : 9780007456628
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • : HarperPress
  • : 0.519
  • : December 2011
  • : 197mm X 130mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : January 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Margaret Thatcher
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 941.085092
  • : 512