A collection of the former Prime Minister's speeches and articles, `Statecraft' brought Margaret Thatcher's unrivalled political experience to bear on the challenges of the early new millennium.
Margaret Thatcher's influence on modern politics continues to be undeniable, controversial and unmatched by any other statesman or woman. In `Statecraft', Britain's first ever female Prime Minister discussed the dangers and opportunities of the new millennium. In her own words, it is a book about our future: `In this age of spin-doctors and sound bites, the ever-present danger is that leaders will follow fashion and not their instincts and beliefs. That was not how the West won the Cold War, not how we created the basis for today's freedom and prosperity. If we wish to make our achievements secure for our children and grandchildren, the West must stay vigilant and strong. In this book it will be my purpose to show that it can - and must - be done.'
Margaret Thatcher's political career was one of the most remarkable of modern times. Born in Grantham in 1925, she rose to become the first woman to lead a major Western democracy. She won three successive general elections and served as prime minister for more than eleven years, from 1979 to 1990, a record unmatched in the twentieth century. She died in 2013.