Reagan and Thatcher: The Difficult Relationship

Reagan and Thatcher: The Difficult Relationship

by Richard Aldous

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An iconic friendship, an uneasy alliance—a revisionist account of the couple who ended the Cold War.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410448453
Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
Publication date: 06/06/2012
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 539
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Richard Aldous is a professor of history at Bard College, where he holds the Eugene Meyer Chair. He is the author and editor of eleven books and is a contributor to television and radio on both sides of the Atlantic. Aldous’s writing appears regularly in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times Book Review, and The American Interest, where he is a contributing editor. He lives in Red Hook, New York.

Table of Contents

Prologue 9

Chapter 1 Churchill, Jefferson, and Jesus 13

Chapter 2 Thinking the Unthinkable 40

Chapter 3 Come In, It's Freezing! 69

Chapter 4 Little Ice-Cold Bunch of Land 135

Chapter 5 Even More of a Wimp Than Jimmy Carter 182

Chapter 6 Another Island, Another War 241

Chapter 7 This Is How Large Powers Behave 293

Chapter 8 Not a Great Listener 345

Chapter 9 The Day the Earth Shook 378

Chapter 10 A Thunderous Round of Applause 431

Chapter 11 The Last Waltz 471

Epilogue Lead Me into the Sunset 505

Acknowledgments 529

Notes 533

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