Elizabeth the Queen
The Life of a Modern Monarch
Sally Bedell Smith
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“An excellent, all-embracing new biography.”—The New York Times
From the moment of her ascension to the throne at age twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II has been the object of unparalleled admiration and scrutiny. But through the fog of glamour and gossip, how well do we really know the world’s most famous monarch? Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in extraordinary detail the public and private lives of one of the world’s most fascinating and enigmatic women. In Elizabeth the Queen, we meet the young girl who suddenly becomes “heiress presumptive” when her uncle abdicates the throne. We see the young Queen struggling to balance the demands of her job with her role as the mother of two young children. And we gain insight into the Queen’s daily routines, as well as her personal relationships: with Prince Philip, her husband of sixty-four years and the love of her life, her children and their often-disastrous marriages, her grandchildren and friends.
Scrupulously researched and compulsively readable, Elizabeth the Queen is a close-up view of the lively, brilliant, and steadfast woman we’ve known only from a distance, and a captivating window into life at the center of the last great monarchy.
With a new afterword by the author.
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“[An] imposing, yet nimbly written, biography [that] dwarfs the field . . . a most satisfying and enjoyable read, one to be savored at length.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
Publishers Weekly Review
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What a beautiful and well written book, that keeps you wanting to turn the page. The British Monarchy should be proud of such a vivid and accurate book on the Queen.
Overall a good book
While this is a good book, it is obvious that the author has a bias towards the queen. There is no doubt that the queen has devoted her life to her position, and has done so extremely well. But this book presents Elizabeth II as nearly perfect. It shows few, if any faults, although everyone has them. The author stresses over and over the queen's down to earth-ness. Her humility and forthrightness. Almost to the point where one wonders who is the author trying to convince. The book fairly well bashes Diana, and gives her very little credit for anything; supplying many quotes from palace insiders as to how "everyone" knew what a problem Diana was going to be.
Yet, the book is interesting. If you want a book that idealizes the queen, then this is the one for you.
Cheers to this book!
This book is not for people looking for dirty laundry and scandal. The book is exactly what it says its about: The Queen. This book captures HRH at her brightest and darkest times while giving the common person a look at the person she is in her private life. We learn why she is the way she is when it comes to handling scandal later in life and a lot has to do with her upbringing. While the book does favor HRH what's not to love? You learn a lot more about The Queen and realize she is more than meets the eye.