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MARGARET THATCHER LOOKS BACK ON HER EXTRAORDINARY RISE TO POWER, AS SHE ROILED THE TORY COUNCILS AND LAID DOWN THE LAW

It has now been five years since Margaret Thatcher resigned as Britain's Prime Minister. In her heyday she strode the international headlines with such bravura that she seemed inevitable, a natural force. The world stage seemed just the right size for her, as she chaffed her conservative soul mate Ronald Reagan or flattered the "new man," Mikhail Gorbachev.

Now the political world has begun to focus on the immensity of her achievement. How on earth did she manage to get there? She was elected to Parliament at 32 in 1958 (five years before The Feminine Mystique was published). She parried her...

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