The Falklands War, the US invasion of Grenada, the Anglo-Guatemalan dispute over Belize and the US involvement in Nicaragua GÇô in the 1980s, these crises threatened to overwhelm a renewal in USGÇôUK relations. US President Ronald Reagan and UK Prime Minister Margaret ThatcherGÇÖs efforts to normalise relations, during and after these crises, reveal a mutual desire to strengthen Anglo-American ties and safeguard individual foreign policy objectives. At the same time, they cultivated a close political and personal bond that lasted well beyond their terms in office.
Sally-Ann Treharne vividly portrays the role of personal diplomacy in overcoming obstacles to AngloGÇôAmerican relations emanating from the turbulent Latin American region in the final years of the Cold War. Drawing on recently declassified documents and candid interviews with key protagonists, she highlights the pivotal moments in Reagan and Thatcher's shared history from a new vantage point.
Interviewees include: Lord Geoffrey Howe, Lord Michael Heseltine, Lord Cecil Parkinson, Sir John Nott, Sir Bernard Ingham, Lord Charles Powell, Baroness Gloria Hooper, Sir Adrian Beamish, Lord Peter Carrington, Lord Neil Kinnock and Lord Timothy Bell