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Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch

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8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Most approachable Royal bio I've read

Let me preface all of my remarks with this...I love the Royal Family. I'll read just about anything that comes my way about them, except for the tabloids.

That being said, I've read many books that were intellectually satisfying. I've read some terribly dry things. ...
Let me preface all of my remarks with this...I love the Royal Family. I'll read just about anything that comes my way about them, except for the tabloids.

That being said, I've read many books that were intellectually satisfying. I've read some terribly dry things. I've read tomes that were pedantic. And I've read books that were fluffy in their treatment.

And then there's Elizabeth the Queen. This is, by far, the most approachable and interesting biography of the Queen I've read. Sally Bedell Smith has written a very REAL and honest story of the Queen and her family. It is interesting and warm, not cold and plodding. I found myself hurrying home and through work and chores to settle in with this book. (I don't say that often at all.)

It is, in fact, reflective of her changed public image--from a stodgy and stand-offish monarch, to the warm and loving "grandmother" image she has grown into in the last 15 years. Definitely one I will recommend and purchase for my library.

posted by MeanOldLibraryTeacher on February 16, 2012

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16 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

Currently reading this flattering portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II

I must say that this is a very informative book on the Queen, a much better portrayal than the author chose to give to Princess Diana.

I almost did not buy this one out of respect to Princess Diana, due to the hatchett job and armchair psycology the author chose to ...
I must say that this is a very informative book on the Queen, a much better portrayal than the author chose to give to Princess Diana.

I almost did not buy this one out of respect to Princess Diana, due to the hatchett job and armchair psycology the author chose to use to "diagnose" the late Princess. However, this one is not a surprise at all. The Queen seems at face value to be a very dedicated, hard working and genuine lady, taking her duties and responsibilites very seriously.

If only Ms. Smith had give Princess Diana the respect that she certainly deserved. So many charities, so many good works that she never wanted any recognition for. Being the superb role model for her boys that she was, they have, in turn, become the charming, responsible and altruistic men that I'm sure she would be so proud they turned out to be.

Great book on the Queen, but shame on you, Ms. Bedell Smith for trashing Princess Diana. Bi-polar? When did you get your medical degree?

posted by maccalover on January 17, 2012

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  • Posted January 17, 2012

    Currently reading this flattering portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II

    I must say that this is a very informative book on the Queen, a much better portrayal than the author chose to give to Princess Diana.

    I almost did not buy this one out of respect to Princess Diana, due to the hatchett job and armchair psycology the author chose to use to "diagnose" the late Princess. However, this one is not a surprise at all. The Queen seems at face value to be a very dedicated, hard working and genuine lady, taking her duties and responsibilites very seriously.

    If only Ms. Smith had give Princess Diana the respect that she certainly deserved. So many charities, so many good works that she never wanted any recognition for. Being the superb role model for her boys that she was, they have, in turn, become the charming, responsible and altruistic men that I'm sure she would be so proud they turned out to be.

    Great book on the Queen, but shame on you, Ms. Bedell Smith for trashing Princess Diana. Bi-polar? When did you get your medical degree?

    16 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    This is a slanted historical biography of Queen Elizabeth II to

    This is a slanted historical biography of Queen Elizabeth II to portray her in the best possible light and sugarcoat her failures. Major events are marginalized as well as the troubles with the monarchy well before Diana sought to ruin the royals (Bedell Smith's interpretation). This is not an academic exercise of historical biography, however if you want a vanilla-coated view of the Queen and protocol...Bedell Smith enjoys mocking those who break protocol. This is the book for you.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    Long, tedious and very, very BORING!

    Long, tedious and very, very BORING!

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