Great Britain in the 1970s appeared to be in terminal decline-ungovernable, an economic train wreck, and rapidly headed for global irrelevance. Three decades later, it is the richest and most influential country in Europe, and Margaret Thatcher is the reason. The preternaturally determined Thatcher rose from nothing, seized control of Britains Conservative party, and took a sledgehammer to the nations postwar socialist consensus. She proved that socialism could be reversed, inspiring a global free-market revolution. Simultaneously exploiting every politically useful aspect of her femininity and defying every conventional expectation of women in power, Thatcher crushed her enemies with a calculated ruthlessness that stunned the British public and without doubt caused immense collateral damage. Ultimately, however, Claire Berlinski agrees with Thatcher: There was no alternative. Berlinski explains what Thatcher did, why it matters, and how she got away with it in this vivid and immensely readable portrait of one of the towering figures of the twentieth century.
Claire Berlinski was born in California in 1968. Since receiving her Ph.D. in international relations from Balliol College at Oxford University, Claire Berlinski has lived and worked in the UK, Thailand, Laos, France and Turkey as a journalist and freelance consultant, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New York Sun, Asia Times, The National Review and elsewhere. She is the author of two previous novels, and one work of non-fiction, Menace in Europe. She lives in Paris and Istanbul.