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A newly edited, single-volume commemorative edition of The Path to Power and The Downing Street Years; this is Margaret Thatcher in her own words.

Combining her memoirs The Path to Power and The Downing Street Years, this definitive account of Margaret Thatcher’s life is published as a one-volume commemorative edition for the first time. Margaret Thatcher was the towering figure of late-20th-century British politics. Now, following her death, in 2013, this is the story of her remarkable life, in her own words.

Beginning with her upbringing in Grantham, she goes on to describe her entry into Parliament. Rising through the ranks of this man’s world, she led the Conservative Party to victory in 1979, becoming Britain's first woman prime minister.

Offering a riveting firsthand account of the critical moments of her premiership - the Falklands War, the miners' strike, the Brighton bomb, and her unprecedented three election victories, the book reaches a gripping climax with an hour-by-hour description of her dramatic final days in 10 Downing Street. Margaret Thatcher's frank and compelling autobiography stands as a powerful testament to her influential legacy.

Read by Margaret Thatcher

©2013 Margaret Thatcher (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

Praise for The Downing Street Years:
"A book which should be read by everyone with any interest in contemporary history of political affairs". (Norman Tebbit, Daily Mail)
"Some things in this life are priceless. So are Margaret Thatcher’s guts. They have left their mark on the world. So will The Downing Street Years." (Daily Express)

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FAULTY EDITING - JUMPS FROM 1979 TO 1992

Where does The Autobiography rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The file is faulty and jumps at 4:40:45 seconds from 1979 to 1992. I have downloaded this onto a different device separately and the same problem occurs. Please rectify it Audible.

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  • VAL G.
  • 05-27-13

Margaret

The authentic voice certainly adds to the enjoyment of listening to this book. I am convinced she was a woman right for her time, very sure of herself, certain in her own mind as to what had to be done. Of course she wasn't always right - none of us are but dangerous for a person with so much power. Averall a good 'read'.

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  • Scott
  • 10-26-14

Insightful, Genuine, Unique and Inspirational....

[{ "answer" : "You don't need to be a fan to appreciate her undeniable commitment to her beliefs (no U turns here). A greengrocers daughter elevated to the heady heights of government through her own efforts alone. Truly unique and inspirational....a great book. A great story. And with Lady Thatcher as narrator, it adds a touch of authenticity....", "type" : "Overall", "question" : "If you could sum up The Autobiography in three words, what would they be?", "id" : 234, "typeString" : "overall" }, { "answer" : "The whole story was interesting. However, the path from school to the House of Commons was quite incredible, given a variety of reasons (including being female). Reliant on affiliations and associations with other members, though she never bartered to achieve success.", "type" : "Story", "question" : "What was one of the most memorable moments of The Autobiography?", "id" : 197, "typeString" : "story" }, { "answer" : "Herself. The fact that she narrates this book made it for me. Literally 'from the horses mouth'. She provides the speed and tone as she intended it. ", "type" : "Performance", "question" : "Which character – as performed by Margaret Thatcher – was your favourite?", "id" : 216, "typeString" : "performance" }, { "answer" : "Yes. Certainly. Almost a shame my journeys to work were so short. ", "type" : "Genre", "question" : "Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?", "id" : 245, "typeString" : "genre" }, { "answer" : "", "type" : "Misc", "question" : "Any additional comments?", "id" : -1, "typeString" : "misc" } ]

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  • christopher
  • 09-09-17

Inspirational

From start to finish Thatcher delivered a marvellous account of her political life. to hear it from the iron lady herself was incredible and inspirational. detailing why she took particular decisions in her life and offering her opinion. I urge anyone politically minded or indeed anyone who wants to learn more about modern British history to read this book or better still listen to Thatcher tell you directly through this audiobook.

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  • David
  • 02-22-17

A great insight for anyone

I think anybody interested in the inner workings of politics will enjoy this but for those of us who think Margaret Thatcher is the best prime minister since Churchill, this is an honest & humble account of a life & career of a truly great Briton.

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  • Mr. J. Mcintyre
  • 12-12-15

Fascinating

Read by The Iron Lady herself, a must for any political memoir enthusiast. Can get a bit waffly in places, sometimes goes into far too much detail on Europe etc but still a fascinatingly listen.

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  • S.D.Eyles
  • 04-21-13

The Voice of Britain

This audiobook is a marvellous account of the History of Britain as seen through the eyes of Margaret Thatcher. I guess you either love her or hate her, but you certainly can't ignore her. Maggie's policies are as relevant today as they were then. Narrated by Margaret Thatcher, with passion and purpose you just want to stop and listen. Excellent.

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  • DaveW
  • 02-23-16

Soothing!

Obviously the book is great. In addition, there was something about it rather soothing too :-)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-17

worth every Penny

i hooked on it from the beginning until the end. dictated by Mrs Thatcher herself, this audio book (As with the book itself) spoke of her biography in 3 parts, in a rather odd sequence : pre Downing street, followed by post Downing street, then only during the 11 downing street years. amazing insights and detailed account of events explaininh many of her thoughts behind policies.

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  • Ali
  • 10-14-17

Compelling Read

Excellent book. A little slow at the beginning but thoroughly compelling & eventful at the later part. Gives a detailed insight into key events of 80s. Lady Thatcher, rest in peace!

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  • Kirstine
  • 01-21-16

Insight into a conviction politician’s mind

I recently listened to Edward Heath’s autobiography and was interested to learn how he and Margaret Thatcher compared in their personal interpretations of their careers.

Love her or loath her there is no doubt that Mrs Thatcher was a major political figure of the 20th century who altered the British political scene that resonates to this day, especially in Scotland. Her time as PM was very eventful such as the year-long miners’ strike, the Falklands and Iraq wars and wholesale privatisation of state controlled industries. Britain was altered beyond recognition.

It’s illuminating to hear her speak of her strong political convictions and self-assurance that they were the right ones. I am struck by the contrast between Heath's recognition that he made some mistakes and her unwillingness to admit she might have made a wrong decision tending to blame others.

This is an abridged version of two books and so don’t be surprised that the first half only fleetingly mentions her time in Downing Street before a long polemical section about her criticisms of the EU. The second half of the recording is about her time in office and final demise and contains the inside accounts of the major events of the period.

The book gained by having the author tell her story and she turned out to be a better narrator than I expected.

If you’re interested in recent political history I’m sure you’ll enjoy this insight into the mind of a major player.

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  • JOHN W
  • 10-01-17

History as told by its Author - Love it or Hate It

Margaret Thatcher provides a great insight into her times and decisions as one of the most influential British Prime Ministers of recent history. Fascinating and full of explanation as to why some of the most controversial decisions in British history were made. Love her or hate her, you can hear the hows and whys of what went on behind the scenes.

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  • Gail Creighton
  • 12-11-15

Fabulous book

I couldn't stop listening.
What an amazing lady and fantastic raconteur. Highly recommend for everyone.