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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Richard Aldous
Margaret Thatcher captured Americans’ hearts and minds in a way few other foreign leaders have done, and much of that was because of the symbiotic relationship she had with President Reagan — a relationship that in many ways mirrored the storied “special” friendship between the two countries.
This is a well-researched, highly readable book that effectively analyzes the relationship of the two leaders. But its subtitle, "The Difficult Relationship," is off the mark. A more accurate one would have been "A Warm Relationship in Difficult Times."
But despite — or possibly because of — those disagreements, their partnership was robust, Mr. Aldous said.
“She had the perfect balance between, on the one hand, being the ‘Iron Lady,’ someone being prepared to call things as she sees it, speaking truth to power,” said Richard Aldous, a professor at Bard College, “but, on the other hand, to be an incredibly fiercely loyal and a good ally.”