Regular readers know that Margaret Thatcher is one of my heroes, and her latest book, Statecraft, did not disappoint. In fact, it added to my appreciation of her depth and common sense approach to policy. The book’s subtitle, Strategies for a Changing World, is appropriate, for it is a sweeping tour of the world’s conflicts and policy challenges, with insights that are not available to the average observer. There are chapters on every region, outlining the critical issues and players, each followed by the definitive policy recommendations one would expect from this lady of so much depth of conviction. Of particular attraction are the chapters on the European Union and her battles over the years over the related issues of the delegation of British sovereignty; her recollections on the final victory in the Cold War for which she deserves so much credit; the Russian “enigma”; the Balkan Wars; and her postscript on the historical British legacy of freedom and the rule of law as originated with the Magna Carta. But she is at her best in expressing her admiration for “the American achievement” and the leadership role the United States has played and must continue to play in world affairs. No surprises here–the book is dedicated to Ronald Reagan.
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