Margaret Thatcher (Hardcover)

Herself Alone: The Authorized Biography

By Charles Moore

Knopf, 9781101947203, 1056pp.

Publication Date: November 12, 2019

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Description

Charles Moore's masterful and definitive biography of Britain's first female prime minister reaches its climax with the story of her zenith and her fall.

How did Margaret Thatcher change and divide Britain? How did her model of combative female leadership help shape the way we live now? How did the woman who won the Cold War and three general elections in succession find herself pushed out by her own MPs?

Charles Moore's full account, based on unique access to Margaret Thatcher herself, her papers, and her closest associates, tells the story of her last period in office, her combative retirement, and the controversy that surrounded her even in death. It includes the fall of the Berlin Wall, which she had fought for, and the rise of the modern EU that she feared. It lays bare her growing quarrels with colleagues and reveals the truth about her political assassination.

Moore's three-part biography of Britain's most important peacetime prime minister paints an intimate political and personal portrait of the victories and defeats, the iron will but surprising vulnerability of the woman who dominated in an age of male power. This is the full, enthralling story.


About the Author

CHARLES MOORE joined the staff of The Daily Telegraph in 1979, and as a political columnist in the 1980s covered several years of Mrs. Thatcher's first and second governments. He was editor of The Spectator 1984--90; editor of the Sunday Telegraph 1992--95; and editor of The Daily Telegraph 1995--2003, for which he is still a regular columnist. The first volume of his biography of Margaret Thatcher, published in 2013, won the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography, the HW Fisher Best First Biography Prize and Political Book of the Year at the Paddy Power Political Book Awards.


Praise For Margaret Thatcher: Herself Alone: The Authorized Biography

“With this masterpiece, Moore has given us Margaret Thatcher. She now belongs to history.”—The New York Times Book Review (100 Notable Books of 2019)

"Splendid . . . Impressive . . . In Charles Moore this titanic figure of British history has found a biographer whose mastery of both subject and form is complete. This is a biography for the ages.”—The Wall Street Journal

“The third, and concluding, volume of this enormous biographical project . . . reveals a complex figure who had a lasting and lastingly controversial impact on her country and on history.”The New York Times Book Review (100 Notable Books of 2019)

“Meticulously detailed portrait . . . Moore tells a personal as well as political story not usually found in biographies of world leaders . . . A thoughtful, impeccably researched account . . . Moore gives everything he can in this complete and comprehensive work.”—Booklist

“Compelling and emotionally raw . . . Some parts have a novelistic quality rarely found in the careful pages of political biographies . . . Awesome scale and thoroughness . . . Grippingly portrayed  . . . Sharp.”—The Guardian


“Excellent . . . Moore’s Margaret Thatcher is one of the truly great biographies . . . Comprehensive and subtle, breaking new ground while being surefooted on familiar terrain. He provides a portrait of Thatcher that is surprising and fresh while still convincing. This volume completes a historical masterpiece.”—The Times (UK)