Tough Capitalist For Better or Worse, Thatcher Changed World

Margaret Thatcher's economic policies drove people onto the streets in protest. Her rigid capitalism and ruthless battle against the unions created bitter enemies. Today, however, she is considered one of the most important reformers of the postwar era.
Von Wolfgang Kaden
Margaret Thatcher in 1975, after getting elected as the first female leader of the Tories: The British leader bucked conventional wisdom in Europe.

Margaret Thatcher in 1975, after getting elected as the first female leader of the Tories: The British leader bucked conventional wisdom in Europe.

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Photo Gallery: The Iron Lady Dies at 87

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