Elizabeth the Queen

Elizabeth the Queen

The Life of A Modern Monarch

Book - 2012
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Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in intimate detail the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II, who has led her country and Commonwealth through the wars and upheavals of the last sixty years with unparalleled composure, intelligence, and grace.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400067893
1400067898
9780679643937
0679643931
Characteristics: xxii, 663 p., [32] leaves of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm

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ownedbydoxies
May 09, 2017

Excellent. This is an extremely readable account of Queen Elizabeth's life from childhood to present, written in an even-handed style, and although it covers so much ground and such an enormous amount of history, the author has maintained an almost conversational style that keeps the reader interested.

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martine6
Dec 29, 2016

Biased, but beautifully written. I did not know much about Queen Elizabeth prior to reading this biography. She is NOT a boring person!

athompson10 Jul 28, 2014

Well researched and very detailed, though it gets a little syncophantic in the last chapters summarizing the 2000s.

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DeltaQueen50
Jun 19, 2014

Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch is a very lovingly offered biography from an obviously biased author. Elizabeth the II has been reigning throughout a period of enormous change to the Commonwealth, to Britain and to the world, yet, for the most part this book dwells on the insignificant and trivial details of her life. That these details are well researched is important to note, but there was always a feeling that she was striving for the Queen’s approval in her final product.

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EmilyEm
Jun 01, 2013

Smith?s book is a touching tribute to the Queen and her years of service to the Commonwealth along with stories of her family and her passion for horses and horse racing.

This author is kinder to Prince Phillip than most writers about the royal family. I didn?t learn a lot new?being a long-time royal watcher--except about the horse racing and horse breeding. It?s hard not to admire her.

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carolannbagan
Sep 20, 2012

really dry and kind of boring. thought the queens life would warrant a better read than this.

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evahammond
Jun 17, 2012

will recommend to my book club
As head of state the Queen has done invaluable diplomatic wonders not only for her own country but also for the world through her influence with the Commonwealth leaders.

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claire1953
Apr 15, 2012

Although she has been written about hundreds of times during her long 60-year reign, Elizabeth the Queen is an excellent overview of the life of Elizabeth. Since the author had access to materials and was able to spend time with the Queen and Prince Philip, Ms. Smith was able to introduce information never before published. She also highlights Elizabeth's great devotion to the crown, Great-Britain and the Commonwealth while giving the reader an honest look at the not always positive effect on her children. She does show, however, that Elizabeth has learned from past mistakes by being more human and flexible with her grand-children. Highly recommended in this year of her Jubilee.

Valerie J Fletcher Mar 02, 2012

This book was marvelous. Its hard to imagine anyone, male or female who has been in the same job for as many years as the Queen has been. The book really opened my eyes to her diversity and courage. I hold such respect for this woman.

debwalker Jan 09, 2012

Amazing reign. She's seen it all.

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