Book: Mrs. Thatcher's Gamble by David J. Kenneycategories: Book, Margaret Thatcher, Galtieri, SAS, SBS, Royal Navy, Nott, Weiberger, Al Haig, South Georgia, Fortuna Glacier, Gryvtken, Royal Marines
David J. Kenneyabout this book: This book took years to write. Every time I turned over a rock new questions emerged and challenged or refuted the common understandings of Thatcher's victory over Galtieri in 1982. In many cases, most notably in Charles Moore's authorized biography of Thatcher, there are sufficient errors to dislodge Moore's implied thesis that Thatcher was an organized and unassailable PM who knew all the problems facing her government and had solutions, some unpalatable, for her country's predicaments. She did not. As I read on I saw how fragile her position was and how vulnerable she was to a defeat both in parliament and in war. The governmental machinery for handling a far away war simply did not exist. The command structure had to be cobbled together in a few days and often worked badly. This a book for the military reader as well because it shows how a small band of men, in this case Royal Marines saved the day.This is a short , but fact filled book. It is a good read for those interested in the interface between inept politician and skilled soldiers.
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