Diana: In Pursuit of Love

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An updated edition of Andrew Morton's New York Times–bestselling biography of Diana
 
When Andrew Morton's Diana: Her True Story was first published, it caused a media frenzy, severely jolted the royal family and the palace hierarchy, and shook the British establishment to its foundations. Later revealed as having been written with the Princess's full cooperation, this book is now widely regarded as her official biography. Yet ...
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An updated edition of Andrew Morton's New York Times–bestselling biography of Diana
 
When Andrew Morton's Diana: Her True Story was first published, it caused a media frenzy, severely jolted the royal family and the palace hierarchy, and shook the British establishment to its foundations. Later revealed as having been written with the Princess's full cooperation, this book is now widely regarded as her official biography. Yet it was not the full story, nor could it have been, given the circumstances at the time. This is even more apparent in the light of the events that have occurred since her death, which have been played out under the harsh gaze of the media, once again catapulting Diana's name back into the spotlight. Figures such as her sometime lover James Hewitt, her butler Paul Burrell, and Prince Charles's valet, Michael Fawcett, have emerged, while intriguing comments that Diana made to Morton in taped conversation have become extremely important in view of subsequent events. Friends, advisers, and colleagues, interviewed years after her death, feel a far greater freedom in speaking of her than they once did. In what is bound to be seen as the definitive study of the princess in the most crucial period of her short life, this book provides the last word on one of the best-loved figures of our era.
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"Succeeds in putting Diana's actions in context and presenting a balanced assessment of this indelible figure." —Publishers Weekly

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  • ISBN-13: 9781782431992
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2013
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 774,293
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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Andrew Morton is a journalist and bestselling biographer whose books include Angelina: An Unauthorized BiographyTom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography, and William & Catherine: Their Story. He has been interviewed by numerous outlets including People.com, Today, PBS's Frontline, CNN.com, and Biography.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2006

    I Agree With Other Reviewer

    The review below says it all concerning the author. I read Diana, Her True Story. That was the most depressing book. My heart bled for Diana. No person should ever have to go through the torment she did. All that heartache for the sake of preserving the image of the Monarchy and continuing the line to the throne. After she fulfilled her duty with the heir and the spare, she was tossed aside like an old toy. If she had been my daughter, the royal family would not have gotten away with it so easy. And my daughter would have known that. My daughter would not have felt she was alone with her secret.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2006

    Very Disappointing!!!!

    If you compare this latest Morton book to Diana: Her True Story there is a BIG difference. Morton has cooled his admiration for Diana in this latest book. Pity Diana can't receive the same delicate biographies enjoyed by Prince Charles. For Diana there are no Jonathan Dimblebys, Ingrid Sewards, Penny Junors, or Caroline Grahams. Prince Charles 'books' are always written to make him 'look good' even if it means out right lying or twisting the true story so he comes out looking like a 'prince'. These books basically ignore or gloss the dark side of his behavior, his cruel indifference to Diana's emotional and physical needs or his adultery with various women. Diana, on the other hand, gets dragged through the mud. Almost too many books feel the need to discredit Diana or topple her from her pedestal. While some people claim the positive Charles books help balance the gush written about Diana---the TRUE is opposite. There are very few books which gush about the Princess. Most are seriously(to a fault) uncomplimentary. In regards to that, there are not any books written about Diana, I could recommend. The desire to tarnish her image is too wide spread.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2006

    Full of Cheap Shots and Deceptions

    The title instantly cheapens Diana. It makes her appear a wanton tramp running through the streets looking for a mate. Nothing could be further from the truth. The dear girl should have had her Prince Charming in one Prince Charles. But he was too busy pursuing other women and feeling sorry for himself. He has been exposed as a royal spoiled brat who is looking out for Number One. He may have been forced to marry, since he was required to produce an heir, but his approach to marriage was unbelieveable. Hating Diana because she was more popular with the public and press was inmature. Continuing to see Camilla on the sly was horrible. The Queen's failure to intervene and remove Camilla from the court circle is the same as an endorsement to the Charles/Camilla affair. ALL books site the acute fear Charles exhibited toward his mother. Surely if she had told him in no uncertain terms to break it off, he would have been afraid to defy her wishes. Despite these facts Andrew Morton looks to the royal family with respect and to Charles with sympathy. Finding a book that prints the truth without editorial asides is near impossible.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2006

    How Many Pieces of Silver?

    Diana was sold out for mere money! That is why I have a problem with this book. The subject and the author had a bond based on mutual trust. No one would ever find out the depths of Diana's involvement with the biography Diana: Her True Story. Now poor Diana is dead, Andrew Morton felt compelled to 'tell-the-world' of Diana's complete involvement with Her True Story. I suppose all that interview material was too tempting to ignore so hence another book. This time in 'her own words'. Does protecting Diana's image and promising to keep her involvement a secret, end with her death? Or was her death looked on as a convenient excuse for Morton to write this book? Diana would turn over in her grave if she knew. She went to great lengths to keep her involvement a complete secret. And she managed. Some might have been suspected her cooperated but it was never proven until this 'tell all'. With hindsight, Diana was mistaken to have choosen Morton to write Her True Story. The thought of more $$$$$$$$ was too tempting to pass up. Apart from these factors, Diana: Her True Story was a better read. The appeal of Her True Story was learning the horrible secrets of the royal marriage and the royal family. Now we know the truth, reading the same story but this time in her own words, had less punch. I'm glad I did not have to buy this book. First I don't want to hand Morton another nickle, and second my hometown library is well stocked with 'royal' books.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    Simply Perfection!

    I have always been a fan of Princess Diana and I researched many biography's about her in order to make sure I was getting all the right information about her and her life struggles. Honestly I have not cried so much from reading a book before. It was truly saddening the things that she went through in her childhood all the way until her death and quite frankly even after. The best part of this book was that Diana herself took the chance of putting her own words onto a recorder for the world to read, even while living in Kensington Palace and being watched by many Palace officials. Overall this book was heartfelt, eye-opening, and extraordinary. I hope you take the chance of reading this because it is diffidently worth every penny!

    P.S. The only thing that confused me about this book was when the author at the end and sometimes throughout criticized Diana's own words and it sort of felt like he didn't fully agree or believe in her story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Worth the risk....

    For diana to tell her story, any way she cld, and the people, not just brits but all of us arnd the world, to take the time to read it - Well WORTH IT!!! Applause to Morton for his outstanding effort!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2006

    Diana: In Pursuit of Love

    The title is misleading. There is not that much about Diana pursuing a new happy life with a loving husband and more children. Basically it re-hashes old stories of her meeting Charles, Camilla, the wedding, the birth of William and Harry, the marriage break down, James Hewitt, the alleged harrassment calls to Oliver Hoare, Panarama interview, the separation, the divorce, different men who she met (called lovers), Hasnat Hahn and finally Dodi Fayed, and then her death and funeral. I'm not a prude, but come on, just meeting a guy and sharing a cup of coffee or being caught on camera kissing does not equal sex. Which is something the book implies. Versions in one form or another we have already read about in other books. Andrew Morton's obvious sympathy toward Charles and Camilla's relationship is a real turnoff.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2006

    In The End Diana Was Wrong To Trust HIm

    Back in the early nineties Diana wanted the world to know the truth about her marriage and the royal family. Diana believed she could trust Andrew Morton to keep quiet about her direct involvement with the book Diana: Her True Story. After her death, Morton revealed what many may have suspected but could not prove--that Diana was knee-deep in her support of the book. Her True Story exposed the Monarchy as a sham. The royals are basically no better than they have be--in public that is. The behind the scenes rot of royal life was shown. I am grateful to Diana for exposing the royal family. True Diana had faults but she tried hard to make her marriage work, only to be re-buffed by her husband(a cold, hapless man egged-on by Camilla Parker Bowles who had her own agenda). Andrew Morton sold Diana out by revealing her part in the book. Therefore I have no respect for the man. This latest book, shows he is not a Diana fan. His loyalities lay with the royal family and the man who will be king.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2006

    Overlooking Diana's Good Works

    This book clearly overlooks Diana's good works. No other royal in history has generated the charity dollars that Diana did. Yet her deeds are overlooked or viewed through cynical eyes. Her enemies don't want her to be remembered in a favorable way. They want her to be remembered for her affair with James Hewitt, her secret interviews for Diana: Her True Story, and her Panarama interview. Anything but her good works and her universially known kindness and compassion. Her enemies know they can't write her totally out of royal history, so what IS written will be doctored to reflect a mostly unfavorably image. Diana paid a huge price when she married Prince Charles. She gave up personal happiness and a private life, but even in death she is not spared from gossip and unkind words uttered verbally and in books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2006

    Diana: In Pursuit of Love

    This book is just more of the same really. Same old tired stories with a few tidbits thrown in...but that's about it. One of the new items was his attacks on Paul Burrell(her butler) who wrote his own book about the Princess. Princess Diana has been dead for nine years, so the only new material Morton could gather would be the investigation into her death. But like most authors, Morton decided to regard her death as nothing more than a common car crash. Something I don't believe. I believe there is more to it than that. Morton admits his office was burglared at the time he was writing Diana: Her True Story and only certain materials relating to that book were taken or disturbed. Who did it and why? At the time he suggested it was more than a common, ordinary burglary? Not a mere coincidence? It ruffles my feathers that Morton believed then there were evil powers lurking about to view or stop the publication of Diana: Her True Story in the early 1990s, but in 1997 no such evil powers could exist who may have wanted Princess Diana dead. Why is he backing away from that now?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2006

    Nothing New

    Stumbled across this at a mall book store. Surprised! Did not know Morton had written another Diana book. What a disappointment! Basically no new stuff just re-hash of other stories taken from other Diana books I've read. Morton 'borrowed' these stories and basically re-told them to suit his current mood toward Diana's memory. I recognize a lot of royalist sentiment in Morton's latest writing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2006

    Exposed the Royal Frauds

    This is a good book because the public has been basically lied to for years. Spin-doctors at the palace dismiss everything they don't like as 'rubbish'. This book was no different. That's what makes it so great. If the Establishment doesn't like it it must be true. It was refreshing to see the Monarchy rocked to thier very foundations.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2004

    Close But No Cigar

    Nice to read many quotes from Diana, but I have read better books. I do believe Diana got her point across. She was unhappy and now we know why. In that I would say the book hit the target. I believe Diana showed guts. Why let the Palace spin fairytales of a happy marriage? Diana merely got tired of living a lie. I must confess though, I was disappointed with the book, from a writing skills point of view. I expected more from a professional writer like Andrew Morton. The book gets bogged down with too many opinions from outsiders. The author should have had a clear outline to follow and stuck with it, but instead there is too much confusing information jammed between a book cover.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2003

    Not all it's crack up to be . . .

    The reason for reading the book, It was Diana's story and the author had actual approval and help from Diana. The reason the book was not a success on my list. The author need to always justify Diana's actions to her troubled past and troubled marriage. I felt that if Diana had committed murder, the author would've justified it (with her past). Half way through the book you wanted to say "Right, I know this . . . . what next?" It was a very long book, when every other page has a paragraph on her trouble past. A good book but I would look elsewhere for a more semi-detached story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    Yes

    Soooooo cccooooolllll

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  • Posted April 30, 2011

    great

    this book was great. it tells part of the back story that i never knew. congrats to her son Wills on his wedding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2011

    good

    me no read

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2009

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    Almost there

    Of all the info gathered, for some reason it seems like the whole picture isn't there...its an interesting interview/tape recording, but readers can appreciate the spill of a former bulimic and see a healing process that a royal went through. It was a wonderful read on insight on living as a royal and serves almost as a guide for being amongst the royals and approaching them. Though she did suffer, there is a sense of "what next?" but the writing is amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2006

    Not My Favorite

    I don't care for Andrew Morton's writing style. Also I was(and still am) a fan of Diana. I think what the royal family put her through was beyond horrible. Period! In my opinion, Prince Charles is not fit to be king. He should step aside for William. I know I'm dreaming but I do not care for PC as a person or king. To me, Morton could have been much more kinder toward Diana. Afterall without Diana's cooperation with the best-seller Diana: Her True Story, where would Morton be?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2006

    Still Up In the Air

    My opinion of this book is basically up in the air. Honestly I don't understand Andrew Morton. He seems to change directions in the middle of the stream. Each chapter unveils a different point of view. I know I did not know Diana, and my opinion of her relys heavily on the media image, but most of the media image was favorable toward the princess. Diana was photographed at hospitals and homeless shelters doing good works, so that is not fiction or mere, invented media image. But this book or parts of it I should say, hint as much. Basically I much preferred Diana: Her True Story to this book.

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