Reagan and Thatcher: Book summary and reviews of Reagan and Thatcher by Richard Aldous

Reagan and Thatcher

The Difficult Relationship

by Richard Aldous

Reagan and Thatcher by Richard Aldous

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For decades historians have perpetuated the myth of a "Churchillian" relationship between Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, citing their longtime alliance as an example of the "special" bond between the United States and Britain. But, as Richard Aldous argues in this penetrating dual biography, Reagan and Thatcher clashed repeatedly - over the Falklands war, Grenada, and the SDI and nuclear weapons - while carefully cultivating a harmonious image for the public and the press. With the stakes enormously high, these political titans struggled to work together to confront 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 Reagan-Thatcher diplomacy. His startling conclusion - that the weakest link in the Atlantic Alliance of the 1980s was the association between the two principal actors - will mark an important contribution to our understanding of the twentieth century.

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"Starred Review. This is excellent revisionist history, giving another slant to the interaction of two political icons on the world stage." - Publishers Weekly

"A revealing look at the political marriage of two titans, who, like Roosevelt and Churchill, will be forever linked in history." - Kirkus Reviews

"I can't speak for President Reagan, but I've been both praised and pulverized by Margaret Thatcher, and Richard Aldous seems to me to have captured the force of her personality... This is a valuable look behind the looking glass of public-relations politics of the special relationship." - Harold Evans, author of The American Century

"Vivid, fast-paced and immensely readable, Richard Aldous' new book challenges conventional wisdom and prods us to rethink the 1980s." - Prof. David Reynolds (Cambridge), author of America, Empire of Liberty

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Richard Aldous, the author of eight books, including The Lion and the Unicorn and Reagan and Thatcher, is the Eugene Meyer Professor of British History and Literature at Bard College. He lives in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

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