Charles Moore’s biography, Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography: From Grantham to the Falklands, published after her death on 8 April 2013, immediately supersedes all earlier books written about her. Capturing her as a historical figure and, for the first time, a three-dimensional one, this book gives unparalleled insight into her early life and formation, especially through her extensive correspondence with her sister, which Moore is the first author to draw on. It recreates brilliantly the atmosphere of British politics as she was making her way, and takes her up to what was arguably the zenith of her power, victory in the Falklands. (This volume ends with the Falklands Dinner in Downing Street in November 1982.) Moore is clearly an admirer of his subject, but he does not shy away from criticizing her or identifying weaknesses and mistakes where he feels it is justified. Based on unrestricted access to all Lady Thatcher’s papers, unpublished interviews with her and all her major colleagues, this is the indispensable, fully rounded portrait of a towering figure of our times.
For readers of Downing Street Years by Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher: A Political Marriage Wapshott, by Nicholas, The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill by William Manchester, Personal History by Katharine Graham, Kissinger by Walter Isaacson, Coolidge by Amity Shlaes, Iron Lady movie enthusiasts.