Reagan and Thatcher: The Difficult Relationship

Reagan and Thatcher: The Difficult Relationship

Hardback THORNDIKE PRESS LARGE PRINT NONFICTION

By (author) Richard Aldous

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  • Publisher: Gale Cengage
  • Format: Hardback | 603 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 220mm x 32mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 6 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Waterville, ME
  • ISBN 10: 1410448452
  • ISBN 13: 9781410448453
  • Edition: Large type / large print
  • Edition statement: large type edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

Product description

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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An important study, based on a wealth of recently-released documents, which puts the Thatcher-Reagan friendship in a wholy new (and more somber) light. It should be essential reading for anyone who cares about the history, the health and the future of the Anglo-American 'special relationship'. --David Cannadine, author of "The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy" and "Mellon: An American Life"