The Downing Street Years
- Narrated by: Margaret Thatcher
- Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 30-09-10
- Language: English
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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By Jeremy on 01-02-11
Sympathy for the Devil?
I am no Thatcherite... BUT this audiobook gave me a fascinating glimpse of the deeply held values that motivated MT and the Tory government under her leadership during those formative years in the 1980s.
Union power and the Miners Strike, the Falklands War and the Belgrano, Carter & Reagan, EEC and monetary union, unemployment and the riots, and her final bitter betrayal by her own Cabinet and Party are all tackled with her own brand of ebullient individualism.
Having just read Tony Blair's 'A Journey', I am struck how similar these two characters are. Both strong 'Presidential' style leaders, who took difficult decisions which divided the Country. In both cases dogmatic self-belief being both an asset and the cause of their downfall.
And surprisingly... I was left with an admiration for the 'Iron Lady'. The lessons of Churchill & the War, values of loyalty, fighting for democracy and British interests, not being deflected by criticism and a kind of assertive honesty came through strongly as her foundational virtues. Love her or hate her, this book is a great insight into her way of thinking.
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By Clayshaw on 30-07-11
A well written and read book
Having lived through these years as a child and only ever hearing politics from my fathers very anti Thatcher stance I couldn't resist trying to understand why Mrs Thatcher did the things she did.
She is not one for discussing her failures much it seems but at times she was humble and it was moving the way she spoke of the tragedies that occurred during her time.
I came away from this admiring her more for her determination and strength of decision making rather than the hopeless 'listening' governments we have now that back away from any remotely bad publicity or making decisions that might stop them staying in power. Interesting that she feels she came into power with the country in a complete economic mess after Labours overspending and comparing this to todays situation. So much of what was going on back then rings true to now its scary.
Well read and interesting insight into an iconic lady. Like her or loathe her this is an interesting book. I'm off to hear the other side of the story from Tony Blair now!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful