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The Iron Lady Rises

by Charles Crawford

Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography: From Grantham to the Falklands, by Charles Moore (Knopf, 896 pp., $35)

It’s March 31, 1982. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and a few top advisers are grappling with the grim news that Argentina has invaded the Falkland Islands. First Sea Lord Sir Henry Leach, in naval uniform, joins the meeting and asks for permission to assemble a naval task force. Charles Moore records the exchange:

“Can we do it?” asked Mrs. Thatcher with piercing urgency.

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