Atlas Network’s late former CEO and Board Member called Charles Moore’s authorized biography the definitive work on Margaret Thatcher, but John Blundell’s own Portrait of an Iron Lady (2008) is perhaps the most useful for those engaged in the battle of ideas. Margaret Thatcher said of the author, “John Blundell has been one of the most effective champions of the free-enterprise economic model which has delivered progress and prosperity around the world. Therefore he is very well placed to explain to Americans the beliefs and principles which underpinned what became known as ‘Thatcherism.’”

In this personal portrait of The Iron Lady, Blundell demonstrates the impact of her bold reforms on the UK, and puts them in the proper context.  She arrived as Prime Minister at a time when Britain was languishing, and her agenda was enacted in the face of intense, sometimes violent, opposition.  The early chapters discuss Thatcher’s upbringing, and celebrate how her leadership abilities were forged. The book is particularly useful for those wanting to learn about her reform agenda.  Chapters cover topics like “Privatizing the Commanding Heights” and “Selling Of Public Housing.”

It is an entertaining read full of personal reflections, and its final chapter – consisting of nine pages and titled “Ten Lessons” – should be read by anyone wanting a summary of what she achieved and what lessons we ought to learn from her example.