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REAGAN & THATCHER HAD AN UNUSUAL FRIENDSHIP

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RICHARD ALDOUS wrote Reagan & Thatcher. This book reveals the true behind-the-scenes relationship. They knew how to behave like best friends for the press but she was clearly his itellectual superior. They often behaved more like an angry married couple than two heads of state.

Reagan & Thatcher were fast friends from their first meeting. They were truly "the" power couple and generally got along. An iconic friendship, an uneasy alliance—this book is a revisionist account of the couple who ended the Cold War.

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. The book has 8 pages of black-and-white photographs.

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MARGARET THATCHER
RONALD REAGAN
RICHARD ALDOUS
THE COLD WAR AND THE WHITE HOUSE
REAGAN AND THATCHER FOUGHT LIKE A COUPLE
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