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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (93 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicholas Wapshott Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN: 9781400175901
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It is well known that Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher were close allies and kindred political spirits. During their eight overlapping years in office, the U.S. president and the U.K. prime minister worked together to promote lower taxes, deregulation, free trade, and an aggressive stance against the Soviet Union. But according to Nicholas Wapshott, the Reagan/Thatcher relationship was much deeper than an alliance of mutual interests. Drawing on interviews with those closest to them, as well as on hundreds of recently declassified private letters and telephone calls, Wapshott depicts a more complex, personal, and sometimes argumentative relationship than has previously been revealed. On the surface they had little in common, in either background or personality. Reagan, the son of the town drunk, used his genial charm to win over his enemies and always focused on the big picture rather than details. Thatcher, the daughter of a strict, middle-class shopkeeper, was a hard worker and master of details who would rather be respected than liked. Yet from their very first meeting in 1975, they recognized each other as political soulmates, committed not just to conservative principles but to getting things done. Over the years, they discussed and debated strategies, took strength from each other, celebrated each other's triumphs, and commiserated with each other's failures. Wapshott shines new light on this unique friendship and how it changed the world. Download and start listening now!

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  • Simon Vance straddles the gap between presenting history and creating a dramatic story.... His approach makes for an interesting listen that doesn't distract from the details. AudioFile
  • “Simon Vance straddles the gap between presenting history and creating a dramatic story….His approach makes for an interesting listen that doesn’t distract from the details.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harley | 7/31/2013

    " Excellent exploration of the relationship between Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. This is neither a complete history or biography. The focus is on the relationship and how they came to share similar beliefs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 4/6/2013

    " This was a great read; biographies of two iconic 20th Century political figures intertwined with each other against the backdrop of global power shifts and the evolution what has come to be American conservatism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 1/3/2013

    " This was a great read; biographies of two iconic 20th Century political figures intertwined with each other against the backdrop of global power shifts and the evolution what has come to be American conservatism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 12/18/2012

    " This was a great read; biographies of two iconic 20th Century political figures intertwined with each other against the backdrop of global power shifts and the evolution what has come to be American conservatism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David R. | 11/15/2012

    " An insightful thesis. Wapshott, I think, overreaches in his concept, and the background biographical matter is handled awkwardly. But by and large he achieves an understanding Edmund Morris, for example, did not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 11/24/2011

    " This was a great read; biographies of two iconic 20th Century political figures intertwined with each other against the backdrop of global power shifts and the evolution what has come to be American conservatism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 3/29/2011

    " This was a great read; biographies of two iconic 20th Century political figures intertwined with each other against the backdrop of global power shifts and the evolution what has come to be American conservatism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 1/27/2011

    " This was a great read; biographies of two iconic 20th Century political figures intertwined with each other against the backdrop of global power shifts and the evolution what has come to be American conservatism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 9/27/2010

    " This was a great read; biographies of two iconic 20th Century political figures intertwined with each other against the backdrop of global power shifts and the evolution what has come to be American conservatism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 9/10/2010

    " This was a great read; biographies of two iconic 20th Century political figures intertwined with each other against the backdrop of global power shifts and the evolution what has come to be American conservatism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Arant | 8/23/2009

    " An excellent work touching the high points of the alliance between Reagan and Thatcher. The relationship between these two Cold War leaders was very reminiscent of Churchill and Roosevelt's relationship depicted in "Churchill and America". A great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Walter Herrick | 7/6/2009

    " This book tells the rise to power of these two great leaders in the English-Speaking world. It was funny, witty, and very in-depth! It made me realize why I loved President Reagan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 5/5/2009

    " I really enjoyed this book which described the relationship between President Reagan and PM Thatcher. They tended to keep their differences private and portrayed a united front. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Taylor | 3/25/2009

    " An outstanding book that brings a more personal level to the historic relationship between the two leaders. A valuable addition to the growing number of books putting the Reagan years in perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 10/19/2008

    " This was a great read; biographies of two iconic 20th Century political figures intertwined with each other against the backdrop of global power shifts and the evolution what has come to be American conservatism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 7/5/2008

    " This was a great read; biographies of two iconic 20th Century political figures intertwined with each other against the backdrop of global power shifts and the evolution what has come to be American conservatism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 6/11/2008

    " This was a great read; biographies of two iconic 20th Century political figures intertwined with each other against the backdrop of global power shifts and the evolution what has come to be American conservatism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary | 4/29/2008

    " Very intereating. She is a powerful lady and is a staunch anticommunist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 4/24/2008

    " This was a great read; biographies of two iconic 20th Century political figures intertwined with each other against the backdrop of global power shifts and the evolution what has come to be American conservatism. "

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About the Author
Author Nicholas Wapshott

Nicholas Wapshott is an editor at the New York Sun and the former New York bureau chief for the Times of London. He has also served as editor of the Saturday Times of London and was founding editor of the Times magazine. As political editor of the Observer, Wapshott covered Margaret Thatcher’s final years in office.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.