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The distinguished journalist and author Charles Moore discusses the latest volume of the prize winning biography of one of Britain’s most remarkable but controversial leaders. In volume 3 he asks how Margaret Thatcher changed and divided Britain? How did her model of combative female leadership help shape the way we live now? And how did the woman who won the Cold War and three general elections in succession find herself pushed out by her own MPs?
Moore’s remarkable account is based on unique access to Margaret Thatcher herself, her papers and her closest associates, and tells the story of her last period in office, her combative retirement and the controversy that surrounded her even in death. It includes the fall of the Berlin Wall, which she had fought for, and the rise of the modern EU, which she feared. It also lays bare her growing quarrels with colleagues and reveals the truth about her political assassination.
Charles Moore joined the staff of The Daily Telegraph in 1979, and as a political columnist in the 1980s covered several years of Mrs Thatcher’s first and second governments. He was Editor of The Spectator 1984-90, Editor of The Sunday Telegraph 1992-95 and Editor of The Daily Telegraph 1995-2003, for which he is still a regular columnist. The first volume of his biography won the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography, the HW Fisher Best First Biography Prize and Political Book of the Year at the Paddy Power Political Book Awards.
Charles Moore (photo: Jochen Braun)