Reagan and thatcher the difficult relationship

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reagan and thatcher the difficult relationship

Reagan and Thatcher: The Difficult Relationship by Richard Aldous

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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The uneasy alliance that lay at the heart of the relationship of two of the most powerful and controversial leaders of the late 20th century: Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan. For three decades, historians have cited the long-term alliance of Reagan and Thatcher as an example of the special bond between the US and Britain. But, as Richard Aldous argues, these political titans clashed repeatedly as they confronted 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 the Reagan-Thatcher diplomacy. Reagan and Thatcher : The Difficult Relationship. Richard Aldous.

A ll politics, as they say, is personal. Yet it's only when you read the memoirs or diary entries of the protagonists that you realise just how personal, and how arbitrary, are the great actions of state. Many of the momentous decisions taken by Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher could easily have been different were it not for the odd hissy fit or word in the ear. Richard Aldous's account of the most intriguing Anglo-American double act of them all provides many surprises. The historical record surely seemed unequivocal? As one diplomat recalled to me at the time, Ronnie and Maggie might as well have been making love on the lawn. Here were two disciples of Milton Friedman determined to let capitalism rip and hasten the demise of communism.

Jump to navigation. Great historical figures generate their own myths, often deliberately. One task of the historian is to recapture, as much as possible, things as they actually were. Few modern politicians have generated more fictions than -- and few so deliberately as -- the American and British conservative revolutionaries of the s, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. According to their overlapping myths, they were idealists who stood together for freedom, robust militaries, and a firm hand against terrorism. Yet looking back, the truth seems more complex and subtle.

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