Reagan and Thatcher : The Difficult Relationship, Paperback

Reagan and Thatcher : The Difficult Relationship Paperback

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The uneasy alliance that lay at the heart of the relationship of two of the most powerful and controversial leaders of the late 20th century: Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.

For three decades, historians have cited the long-term alliance of Reagan and Thatcher as an example of the special bond between the US and Britain.

But, as Richard Aldous argues, these political titans clashed repeatedly as they confronted the greatest threat of their time: the USSR.

Brilliantly reconstructing some of their most dramatic encounters, Aldous draws on recently declassified documents and extensive oral history to dismantle the popular conception of the Reagan-Thatcher diplomacy.




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A good, stimulating overview of the relationship between Reagan & Thatcher, predominantly covering the 1980's. There is some material covering their relationship out of power, both before & after their premierships, but it is mainly about their Atlantic Alliance & the leadership of the west during a tumultuous period. It was Reagan that quoted he was "living in momentous times" & it appears in retrospect that his leadership & in some ways, brinkmanship, was part of the unraveling of the Cold War. Thatcher's role as a facilitator is dealt with in some depth. What's interesting here is not what they achieved, or agreed upon (the latter being very little) but actually what they DIAGREED on, which was a vast amount. This came as a surprise to me. A good look a the relationship, without a huge amount of psychoanalysis or character analysis, but not quite the political thriller that is quoted. Certainly interesting, good for the general reader, & maybe for someone looking for a springboard to look at other parts of the Anglo American relationship in this period. Some aspects of it would require verification & discussion. Worth a look.

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