Who Dares Wins: Britain, 1979-1982
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Thatcher was fortunate that the Argentine military junta was inept, but, nevertheless, her fortitude and Britain's superior military strength ensured a victory at a time when new policies for national economic progress were beginning to demonstrate that they were right for the times.
Who Dares Wins - Penguin Books UK
This and related global developments led many to think that the post war consensus that governments could control their economies by simply switching taxation and spending policies was no longer effective or appropriate. Central planning was failing dismally in the eastern bloc communist countries, and aggregate, centralised government of economies in the democracies under the Keynesian model was also failing dramatically. I've never read anything like this before so have nothing to compare it to. Either way, I enjoyed it and found it interesting from start to finish. Bought at a discount bookshop whilst on holiday last year and a bit of a hidden gem. Although others have pointed out that you might get this advice from other books on management and leadership, I doubt whether those books were written by authors who had to put these ideas into action in the most perilous of circumstances.It is worth noting that Who Dares Wins won several book of year awards when published, and that its composition and style are thoroughly engaging, as well as often witty and enlightening. I enjoyed particularly Sandbrook's characterisation of the Argentine military junta as comprising '... senior officers who had barely fired a shot ... They were particularly good at launching coups, wearing sunglasses, and murdering dissidents ... but their only experience of combat had been to apply electrodes to the genitals of left wing poets.' I do not encourage violence. But if you need a tactical blunt-force instrument, this whopper of a book will come in handy. Hard to believe that it covers only four years or that so much, written in so many words, has no dull moments.
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Genuinely insightful and fantastic to listen to throughout. One glaring admission though, and I think this speaks volumes, is that he never considered religion or the church, which highlights its irrelevance even though religion has hardly faded away from significance. Thatcherism is often characterised as a substantial break with the economic policies of the post-war years. Both sides of politics in those years managed the bedding down of the welfare state, the development of nationalised industries, the use of prices and incomes policies to control inflation, pursuit of full employment, and direct government control of the currency.You don’t have to have grown up with the Mini Metro, Lymeswold cheese and the Sinclair Spectrum v BBC Micro to adore this brilliant history of the Eighties. It slides compellingly from socialism to Soft Cell’s Tainted Love and made me want to be 10 again, bewildered by the Falklands War on TV." Julian Glover, Books of the Year, London Evening Standard Another marathon read from Mr Sandbrook and another thoroughly enjoyable one. His usual weaving together of strands of all kinds is present and he comes as close as is probably possible to presenting a balanced view of the early Margaret Thatcher years.