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A Journey with Margaret Thatcher is an extraordinary insider’s account of British foreign policy under Margaret Thatcher by one of her key advisers. Providing a closeup view of the Iron Lady in action, former high-ranking diplomat Robin Renwick examines her diplomatic successes – including the defeat of aggression in the Falklands, what the Americans felt to be the excessive influence she exerted on Ronald Reagan, her special relationship with Mikhail Gorbachev and contribution to the ending of the Cold War, the Anglo-Irish agreement, her influence with de Klerk in South Africa and relationship with Nelson Mandela – and what she herself acknowledged as her spectacular failure in resisting German reunification. He describes at first hand her often turbulent relationship with other European leaders and her arguments with her Cabinet colleagues about European monetary union (in which regard, he contends, her arguments have stood the test of time better and are highly relevant to the crisis in the eurozone today). Finally, the book tells of her bravura performance in the run up to the Gulf War, her calls for intervention in Bosnia and the difficulties she created for her successor. While her faults were on the same scale as her virtues, Margaret Thatcher succeeded in her mission to restore Britain’s standing and influence, in the process becoming a cult figure in many other parts of the world.


Full of delicious insider detail.

Financial Times

[An] illuminating memoir...

Financial Mail

[It] sparkles with personal anecdotes.

Richard Ottoway MP

A vivid and compelling first-hand account of Margaret Thatcher’s diplomacy.

Henry Kissinger

An insider’s account of Thatcher the stateswoman... a book she would have loved to have seen published.

The Times

Will be read by many people with very great pleasure.

Sir John Major

Brings back many fond memories!

General Colin Powell

Plenty of good stories... lively and enjoyable.

Daily Telegraph

Renwick tell[s] the story of the Falklands in brilliantly nuanced detail...

Ferdinand Mount, TLS

If you want an engaging whistlestop tour of Margaret Thatcher’s foreign policy, then this book hits the spot…

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  • 7 April 2013
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