Thatcher, Reagan through the years

Thatcher, Reagan through the years

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British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher waves as she arrives to take office 04 May 1979 at No. 10 Downing Street in London with her husband Denis (2nd L). (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press / Getty Images

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Posted on April 8, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 1:56 PM

LONDON -- Love her or loathe her, one thing's beyond dispute: Margaret Thatcher transformed Britain. Thatcher's former spokesman, Tim Bell, said that the former prime minister had died Monday morning of a stroke. She was 87. 

Like her close friend and political ally Ronald Reagan, Thatcher seemed motivated by an unshakable belief that free markets would build a better country than reliance on a strong, central government. Another thing she shared with the American president: a tendency to reduce problems to their basics, choose a path, and follow it to the end, no matter what the opposition.

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