Photos: Thatcher, Reagan through the years

Photos: Thatcher, Reagan through the years

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South African anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela (R) shakes hands with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher 04 July 1990 on the steps of No 10 Downing Street. Mandela is on a two day visit to the United Kingdom. (FILM) AFP PHOTO/GERRY PENNY (Photo credit should read GERRY PENNY/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press / Getty Images

KMOV.com

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 5:54 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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