One of Britain’s most distinguished journalists, Charles Moore is a former editor of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph newspapers and of the Spectator magazine. Moore is also the authorized biographer of the Right Honorable Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven, better known as Margaret Thatcher.
By 1979 Britain had lost its empire, become a power of the second rank, seen its living standards fall below those of Germany, France and Italy, and seemed adrift. In stepped the “Iron Lady.” Reviewing video clips that illustrate key moments in her career, Moore explains how Margaret Thatcher, with breathtaking self-possession, identified what was wrong in Great Britain and what needed to be done to correct it — epitomized by her breaking the strike of the National Union of Mineworkers. Moore delves into the intangible qualities of confidence and toughness that gave her the courage to stand side by side with Ronald Reagan in confronting the Soviets in the Cold War. Finally, in summarizing her career, he asserts that Margaret Thatcher “had the courage of her convictions, and her convictions were proved right by the course of history.”