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The Downing Street Years Audiobook

The Downing Street Years

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This first volume of Margaret Thatcher's memoirs encompasses the whole of her time as Prime Minister This first volume of Margaret Thatcher's memoirs encompasses the whole of her time as Prime Minister - the formation of her goals in the early 1980s, the Falklands, the General Election victories of 1983 and 1987 and, eventually, the circumstances of her fall from political power. She also gives frank accounts of her dealings with foreign statesmen and her own ministers.

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    Jeremy Malvern Wells, United Kingdom 01/02/2011
    Jeremy Malvern Wells, United Kingdom 01/02/2011 Member Since 2012
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    "Sympathy for the Devil?"

    I am no Thatcherite... BUT this audiobook gave me a fascinating glimpse of the deeply held values that motivated MT and the Tory government under her leadership during those formative years in the 1980s.

    Union power and the Miners Strike, the Falklands War and the Belgrano, Carter & Reagan, EEC and monetary union, unemployment and the riots, and her final bitter betrayal by her own Cabinet and Party are all tackled with her own brand of ebullient individualism.

    Having just read Tony Blair's 'A Journey', I am struck how similar these two characters are. Both strong 'Presidential' style leaders, who took difficult decisions which divided the Country. In both cases dogmatic self-belief being both an asset and the cause of their downfall.

    And surprisingly... I was left with an admiration for the 'Iron Lady'. The lessons of Churchill & the War, values of loyalty, fighting for democracy and British interests, not being deflected by criticism and a kind of assertive honesty came through strongly as her foundational virtues. Love her or hate her, this book is a great insight into her way of thinking.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Clayshaw 30/07/2011
    Clayshaw 30/07/2011 Listener Since 2010
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    "A well written and read book"

    Having lived through these years as a child and only ever hearing politics from my fathers very anti Thatcher stance I couldn't resist trying to understand why Mrs Thatcher did the things she did.

    She is not one for discussing her failures much it seems but at times she was humble and it was moving the way she spoke of the tragedies that occurred during her time.

    I came away from this admiring her more for her determination and strength of decision making rather than the hopeless 'listening' governments we have now that back away from any remotely bad publicity or making decisions that might stop them staying in power. Interesting that she feels she came into power with the country in a complete economic mess after Labours overspending and comparing this to todays situation. So much of what was going on back then rings true to now its scary.

    Well read and interesting insight into an iconic lady. Like her or loathe her this is an interesting book. I'm off to hear the other side of the story from Tony Blair now!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Armantrading 02/01/2016
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    "What are moment"

    I couldn't but it down, from start to finish. I found it to be so inspirational, and at same time so sad that even the people you trust can and will turn on you in the time of need.

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    Mr Nicholas J Purkis 01/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Very enjoyable book - worth downloading"
    Would you listen to The Downing Street Years again? Why?

    Margaret Thatcher read the book exceptionally well. Listening to the book it felt like I was at a lecture or speech rather than the author reading the script. Rather than overact or overemphasise passages, the book is read more like a conversation. A fascinating insight to the way the Thatcher government operated during the '80s.


    What does Margaret Thatcher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Having Margaret Thatcher read the book brings it more to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Whether you are a fan of Margaret Thatcher or are interested in Politics, this version is definitely worth downloading.

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    J. Martin British Forces Germany 09/04/2015
    J. Martin British Forces Germany 09/04/2015

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    What made the experience of listening to The Downing Street Years the most enjoyable?

    As a child I grew up with her as PM. It was good to go back to understand what was actually going on at the time


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Downing Street Years?

    The piece around the Falklands war and her courage and belief in defending what is right and what is British


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    Conrad Mitcham, United Kingdom 23/03/2011
    Conrad Mitcham, United Kingdom 23/03/2011 Member Since 2013
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    "interesting"

    Bit surprising that she doesn't mention poll tax or the milk scandal

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    Rose watford, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
    Rose watford, United Kingdom 07/04/2013 Member Since 2015

    Tell us about yourself! my name is rose i have blind all my life and i adore listening to audio books. i am now 61 years old

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    "the downing street years"

    I would not of thought that a lady like mrs thatcher could write a book, but she can. I was ingroced in the politics of that time, i found some of the book a little teadious but most of the book was good. it was great to hear margret reading the book herself, i found her reading very good.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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