Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch
“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... show more
“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. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “[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
Publish date: October 30th 2012
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages no: 720
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, 20th Century
, Biography Memoir
, European History
bookshelves: autumn-2015, published-2012, tbr-busting-2015, biography, e-book, nonfiction, skim-through, next Read from July 19, 2014 to September 06, 2015 Description: From the moment of her ascension to the throne in 1952 at the age of twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II has been the object of un...
I would actually give this book 3 1/2 stars. I received an Advance Reader's Edition before publication. Thanks to Random House for sending the book to me.This history of Queen Elizabeth II is detailed; sometimes too detailed. I did not need to read for the 50th time that she greeted each guest wi...
Just awful, if an author is going to propose a biography of a well known figure, at least have the courage to acknowledge a bias or predisposition to a certain viewpoint. This so-called biography is laughable. Yes she had access to "never before seen documents", but shouldn't we have heard some of t...
It's amazing to me to see the same basic idea done by two very different authors and how they turn out. Take this book and The Royals written by Kitty Kelley. The latter reads a bit like a page from ONTD on the subject of the Windors: lies, damn lies and a sprinkling of the truth scattered around li...
I always wondered about the contradictions in the Queen and her actions, the little things you see...and this book is explaining them wonderfully! Her stately walk, the twinkle in her eye, the little signals between she and Philip - now I understand. I also understand the role she plays in the Briti...