Reviews

  • Moore has finally completed one of the most thrilling, comprehensive, fair-minded and elegantly written biographies of modern times. It is full of complex argument, and a very large cast, but it is a joy to read.

    Andrew Marr, New Statesman
  • Reviewers are supposed never to use the word "definitive" about a history book or biograph, but with Charles Moore's life of Margaret Thatcher, of which this is the triumphant last volume, one has no other option. ... an absolute masterpiece of the biographer's art.

    Andrew Roberts, Daily Telegraph
  • Moore's Margaret Thatcher is one of the truly great biographies. Throughout the three volumes it has been comprehensive and subtle, breaking new ground while being surefooted on familiar terrain. He provides a portrait of Thatcher - her anxiousness and her certainty, her strength and her frailty - that is surprising and fresh while still convincing. This volume completes a historical masterpiece.

    Daniel Finkelstein, The Times
  • Moore's project is a study of detailed depth, and fine and transparent judgements, which rises to the largeness of a figure and a time that were of world significance

    John Lloyd, Financial Times
  • The final volume of this monumental biography is gripping and revealing... Some parts have a novelistic quality rarely found in the careful pages of political biographies.

    Andy Beckett, Guardian
  • Like the grandest of operas, Charles Moore's magnificent record of Margaret Thatcher's life comes in three acts. ... Now comes the third, the dramatic climax as the orchestra belts out tunes to a plot of betrayal, disaster and a lonely death.

    Julian Glover, Evening Standard
  • Among the many impressive achievements of all three volumes of Mr. Moore's splendid biography is how well he brings out the human side of such a profoundly political individual. ... First of all, there is the exemplary meticulousness of the research. Then there is the gracefulness of the prose, which, though formal, is rarely pompous and is an ideal match for his subject, who detested casualness. But most important, Mr. Moore has over the course of three volumes skilfully navigated the treacherous waters that are inevitable for the authorized biographer of a figure who still excites such opposite extremes of admiration and loathing. ... For in Charles Moore this titanic figure of British history has found a biographer whose mastery of both subject and form is complete. This is a biography for the ages.

    Richard Aldous, Wall Street Journal
  • an extraordinary achievement: panoramic and particular, underpinned by a deep grasp of contemporary politics.

    Craig Brown, Daily Mail
  • a magnificent biography - the completion of 22 years' toil. It is a treasure chest and a masterpiece of research.... This will ride high in the pantheon of modern political biographies for many a year to come, because the prime minister at its heart is revealed and explained in brilliant style.

    James Naughtie, Tablet
  • This is a magnificent political biography which takes its place next to Robert Blake's Disraeli and Robert Caro's Lyndon Johnson on the highest level. Outstanding... superb... extraordinarily compelling.

    Philip Hensher, Spectator