Presented at CourtIssue: Winter 1996-1997
George R. Urban, Diplomacy and Disillusion at the Court of Margaret Thatcher (London: I.B. Tauris, 1996)
"One of the problems with kiss-and-tell books is that they tend to be written by those who were kissed once and never got over the experience." When Mrs. Thatcher was Prime Minister, some such formula was suggested to her for a speech dealing with a spate of indiscreet memoirs by former ministers. And if she were reviewing Mr. Urban's account of his appearances at her "court", she might well be tempted to revive it.