The Iron Lady on the Falklands
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The definitive inside account of the Falklands War, written by Margaret Thatcher herself.
On 21 May 1982, the British people watched with a mixture of pride and fear as their troops landed under heavy aerial bombardment at San Carlos Bay in the Falkland Islands. Since 1833 the islands had been under British sovereignty, and when Argentina launched a full-scale invasion on 2 April 1982 Margaret Thatcher decided to retaliate swiftly and aggressively. Over the following days a task force of 10,000 troops and 44 warships was assembled and despatched to the South Atlantic.
Britain’s first major armed conflict since the Korean War, the Falklands War cost the lives of 236 British and 750 Argentine soldiers. When the Argentine garrison surrendered on 2 June, the public swung in favour the Conservative government, and Margaret Thatcher’s second term in office was secured. This – in the Iron Lady’s own words – is the inside story of the Falkland’s War.
About the author
Margaret Thatcher's political career was one of the most remarkable of modern times. Born in Grantham in 1925, she rose to become the first woman to lead a major Western democracy. She won three successive general elections and served as prime minister for more than eleven years, from 1979 to 1990, a record unmatched in the twentieth century. She died in 2013.
Poorly written and not very revealing
I didn't enjoy reading this book; not because the story wasn't worth telling, but because it was written so badly. The sentence structure, the choice of words, and even the choice of included material left me constantly struggling to get through the malformed narrative.
The only revelation I gained from reading this account was the repeated references to the willingness of the British government to negotiate and compromise, whilst making assertions that aggression could not be shown to prevail.
The insignificant financial cost notwithstanding, this account was not worth the time it took to read.