Why Margaret Thatcher matters

September 7th, 2010

The US has long shared a very special and sometimes symbiotic relationship with Great Britain. Tony Blair, in his new memoir, talks of his close personal relationship with Bill Clinton and his more macabre relationship with George W. Bush. In the 1980's, the policies of US were in fact, shaped in some measure by the relationship between Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. Reagan's infatuation with Thatcher and her ideas, would shape the US and the world for years to come. Margaret Thatcher was both a pivotal and polarizing leader. She inherited a country that was severely broken and reshaped it in her image. Claire Berlinski, in her new biography, There Is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters, gives us an insightful portrait of Thatcher, her ideas, and her influence. My conversation with Claire Berlinski: