Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher: A Political Marriage
Recorded on November 7, 2007
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
It is well known that Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher were
close allies and kindred political spirits. During their
eight overlapping years in office, the U.S. President and the UK
Prime Minister worked together to promote lower taxes,
deregulation, free trade, and an aggressive stance against the
Soviet Union. Nicholas Wapshott would argue, however, that
their relationship was much deeper than an alliance of mutual
Drawing on interviews with those closest to them, as well as on
hundreds of recently declassified private letters and telephone
calls, Wapshott depicts a more complex, personal, and sometimes
argumentative relationship than has previously been revealed.
Over the years, they discussed and debated strategies, took
strength from each other, celebrated each other's triumphs, and
commiserated with each other's failures.
Nicholas Wapshott is an editor at The New York Sun and
the former New York bureau chief for The Times of
London. He was previously editor of the Saturday
Times of London and founding editor of The Times
Magazine. As political editor of The Observer,
Wapshott covered Margaret Thatcher's final years in office.