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An Uncommon Woman

An Uncommon Woman

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by Hannah Pakula

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Queen Victoria of England has been the subject of several fine biographies; however, her equally interesting eldest child and favorite daughter, "Vicky," whose tragic fate it was to be the mother of Kaiser Wilhelm, who led the Germans against England in World War I, has not received the level of attention accorded her mother. Pakula's (The Last Romantic, LJ 2/1/85) readable biography, based in large part on Vicky's correspondence with her mother as well as other primary sources, provides an intimate view of a quintessentially "Victorian" mother-daughter relationship and a fascinating perspective on a period and personages more often viewed through the impersonal lens of diplomatic and political history. Pakula has succeeded well in capturing an immensely interesting period and place in history through the story of a woman's life. History buffs will enjoy the period detail; academics will appreciate its different perspective on real personages and events.-Barbara Walden, Univ. of Minnesota Libs., Minneapolis

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Simon & Schuster
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1.46(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Meet the Author

Hannah Pakula is the author of The Last Empress, which was a New York Times notable book, The Last Romantic, which was called by Graham Greene the best biography and one of the three best books of the year, and An Uncommon Woman, which was a Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist. She lives in New York City.

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An Uncommon Woman 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Out of all of the books I have read concerning royalty, this book has got to be one of the best. The range of this book is fascinating, from personal domestic issues to the political spectrum. It is sad to think that the Empress Frederick, a learned, intelligent, and cultured woman, should be so misaligned in her adopted country, but the author has swiftly disproved the bad reputation she received in Prussia and later Imperial Germany. A magnificent book that will interest the reader to the fullest!