An iconic friendship, an uneasy alliancea 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 repeatedlyover the Falklands war, Grenada, and the SDI and nuclear weaponswhile 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 conclusionthat the weakest link in the Atlantic Alliance of the 1980s was the association between the two principal actorswill mark an important contribution to our understanding of the twentieth century.
|Publisher:||Gale Cengage Learning|
|Edition description:||Large Print|
|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
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