Diana

( 24 )

Overview

Soon to be the subject of a major motion picture starring Naomi Watts as the Princess of Wales

An icon remembered in death as vividly as she appeared in life, Diana, Princess of Wales, is one of the most enduring personalities of the twentieth century-and one of the most enigmatic. With exclusive access to all those closest to Diana, Sarah Bradford now casts aside the gossip and lies and takes us to the very heart of the royal family to separate the myth from the truth of the ...

See more details below
Paperback (Reprint)
$14.93
BN.com price
(Save 17%)$18.00 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (62) from $1.99   
  • New (14) from $1.99   
  • Used (48) from $1.99   
Diana

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$14.99
BN.com price

Overview

Soon to be the subject of a major motion picture starring Naomi Watts as the Princess of Wales

An icon remembered in death as vividly as she appeared in life, Diana, Princess of Wales, is one of the most enduring personalities of the twentieth century-and one of the most enigmatic. With exclusive access to all those closest to Diana, Sarah Bradford now casts aside the gossip and lies and takes us to the very heart of the royal family to separate the myth from the truth of the Diana years. With the authority missing from previous accounts, as well as remarkable new sources, Diana delivers a complex and explosive look at a woman who continues to fascinate.
 

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble
Oxford-educated historian Sarah Bradford might be called the royal family's ex officio biographer. Her lives of George VI and Elizabeth set a high standard; indeed, it said that the queen herself keeps a copy of Bradford's biography of her father on her desk. In Princess Diana (1961-97), Bradford encounters a subject even more controversial than the ruling monarch or her predecessor. This respectful, elegantly written study traces Diana Spencer's often-uneasy journey from nervous schoolgirl to world figure. Without tabloid speculation, the biography explores Diana's doomed marriage, personal problems, and postmarital life, discussing her deep commitment to her charitable activities.
Publishers Weekly
This biography of the doomed Princess of Wales by Bradford, an experienced British celebrity biographer, was published with far less fanfare, though also embargoed, than the concurrent one by Diana's former butler, Paul Burrell, it still purports to be the definitive look at what it was really like for Diana Spencer to become the princess of Wales. But even the most casual student of Diana mania will be hard pressed to find much that hasn't been told before. Bradford, the author of books about such disparate figures as Benjamin Disraeli and Princess Grace of Monaco, does offer up a more balanced portrait than some: Diana was not the brightest bulb, but her compassion for others was central and real; in spite of-or because of-this sensitivity, she was a master at playing people off each other (most notably her onetime lover James Hewitt). According to Bradford, Diana truly did love Charles and was "obsessed" with him until the end. More surprisingly, Bradford also insists that Charles genuinely loved Diana, even as he carried a torch for Camilla Parker Bowles, and that his apparent ill treatment of his wife came from ignorance more than hostility. The usual cast of famous characters appear, but two portraits particularly stand out: Sarah Ferguson and Dodi Fayed. As for Fayed, Bradford downplays it; Diana liked him, she says, but was far less interested in him, personally, than in what he could provide (private yachts, freedom from the press and-ironically, as it turned out-safety). Surely, Fayed's friends and family will not enjoy Bradford's take on him as a spoiled layabout with a cocaine problem, drug use being one the few weaknesses of which Diana disapproved. For those for whom there can never be enough said about the late princess, Bradford's book may provide some color and perspective; those looking for dish will likely be disappointed. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
From a biographer who has ranged from Cesare Borgia to Queen Elizabeth. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143112464
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/3/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 621,611
  • Product dimensions: 5.61 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Bradford is a historian and biographer. Her previous books include Cesare Borgia, Disraeli, Princess Grace, George VI, Splendours and Miseries: A Life of Sacheverell Sitwell, Elizabeth: A Biography of Her Majesty the Queen, America’s Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Lucrezia Borgia.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 24 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(11)

4 Star

(6)

3 Star

(3)

2 Star

(2)

1 Star

(2)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 24 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2007

    The Whole Truth

    This biography about Princess Diana written by Sarah Bradford illustrates the life of Diana Spencer from the beginning to the end. From telling how Diana¿s mother leaving them at such a young age affected her to her marriage to Prince Charles. It goes into detail about Diana and Charles¿s marriage and how the Princess dealt with her husband having an affair. This does not only focus on the horrible times of their marriage, but also all the positive things too. In addition, it goes into detail about how she tried to protect her children from the press. The major message that Bradford is trying to portray is to demonstrate the real life of Princess Diana, to show the truth about her and what a great person she really was. I really enjoyed reading this book because I felt that it was the most accurate book to read. Instead of just using sources Bradford went to the people that were closets to Diana and interview them about her life. I liked how the author went into detail about how Diana felt in every situation. My dislikes were that in the beginning of the book I did not understand who the people were that were either related to the Spencer family or just family friends. I had to go back through some of the pages to re-read who they were so I could get a better understanding of them, but other than that, I thought this was a great biography. I recommend reading this book if you are interested in learning more about the life of Princess Diana and what she went through. The source I felt was the most reliable since it was coming from the people who lived around her, but if you want to get the basics about Diana, I recommend reading something different since this book does go into a lot of detail about her life.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    This is the first book I have read on Diana. I was only 17 when

    This is the first book I have read on Diana. I was only 17 when she died, and at that point, the only side of her I was aware of, if I was aware of her at all, was the glamorous humanitarian who was splashed over just about every magazine out there on a regular basis. Reading about this other side of her, the behind the scenes tantrums, the scheming, manipulating, sometimes immature and maybe even emotionally stunted reactions or decisions she would make, left a lot to be desired. And one of the most disturbing things to me was the author's repeated reference to her lack of intelligence and education.  And even though I am not sure the author meant for Diana to come off this way, I just couldn't get "Diana is stupid" out of my head, which I don't think she was. Overall though, while it was what I thought to be, a well written biography, I would say this book did not leave a very favorable impression on me concerning Diana or the Royal Family in general. This is not to say that I do not believe that she had an incredible impact on many people and brought a lot of awareness to very crucial humanitarian issues, such as AIDS and landmines, but I definitely did not get the 100% pro Diana here that many other readers seem to get from it. The author absolutely did present a two faced character in Diana. One being the glamorous, sophisticated, compassionate people person we saw in public and the other a very flawed human being struggling to survive in an antiquated, archaic, family and institution. So an interesting read for me and I may have to find another book or two just to compare and to be able to come to a better conclusion of who Diana was.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2008

    Really a Good Read

    This book was a surprise because I had read a review that said it was the same boring material that had been written repeatedly. Not so. Although, I have read lots and lots of books concerning Diana, there was still information in this book that I had never read before. Another strong point is unlike some authors did not state what someone did in private but acknowledged that 'we do not know' what the Queen was thinking, etc. Weak points were the opposition to the Paranama interview. Naturally, the Prince of Wales would object and the Palace. But I fail to see why writers condemn it so. Also, the Tiggy issue. Medical records are private, yet Robert Fellowes checked out Tiggy's medical files completely and found Diana was mistaken. Sorry folks that is highly unlikely to happen. Overall, very good reading with a few flaws that I mentioned and some I did not.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2006

    Diana

    I have read a number of books on Princess Diana and found they were either extremely pro or anti Diana. This book was well researched and paints a clear picture of what life with Diana and Charles was like. It isn't lopsided in favor or one or the other but gives the reader enough information that one could conclude that Diana was not mentally ill and that although Charles cared for her, he never stopped loving Camilla. I would recomend this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2006

    Good unbiased biography

    Sarah Bradford once again shows that she can write a truthful biography. She covers the incident of Diana 'throwing herself down the stairs' as it really happened, and does not say Diana is totally not at fault in all cases. She also does not condemm Charles in all cases although she does show that he is extremely rigid and self-pitying. She also erases the idea that the Duke of Edinburgh had no use for Diana during the separation difficulties. My one problem is that she refused to name some sources. Some of her sources are listed as 'private information.' One wonders who she talked to and if they were actually close to the Princess. I have read her other books 'America's Queen', 'Queen Elizabeth II' and 'The Reluctant King' and so I feel this is as unbiased an account of the Princess of Wales as will ever be written.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2008

    One-sided and negative

    This was a very detailed account of the "private life" of Princess Diana and I understand the author's need to give the both sides of the story. However, I did NOT appreciate how almost everything Diana was known to have said or done was disregarded by sources that were obviously in Prince Charles' camp. The negativity towards Diana throughout the entire book made this a very unpleasant read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2011

    OK - extremely detailed & hard to follow

    Although this is my first time to read a biography on Princess Di, I've read many other biographies on high profile characters as well as many books on the British Royals. I found this book to be informative, but not entertaining. It was not a "light read" by any means, so those of you who are interested in reading this get ready for some hard core history! It contained many quotes and references (making it difficult to follow at times) and did not always follow chronological order (jumping back and forth to different times in Diana's life). Other than those few issues, it was fine. However, I might recommend one to fully research before picking this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2009

    Boring

    I'm not sure how an author can take such a beautiful and colorful subject matter as Diana and write such a boring book, but this author managed to do so. I found this book to be very dry and difficult to read. I couldn't even finish it. It didn't hold my interest.

    If I had to describe this book in one word, I would call this the STARCHED version of Diana's biography. I think there are better books about Diana out there. I cannot recommend this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

    Interesting

    Interesting

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

    Didn't bother to finish it

    The author is so obviously prejudiced against her subject that her agenda is clear within the first 100 pages. When a writer can't even allow a child to be distraught at having been abandonned as a child by her mother, criticizing her for how those feelings were displayed, there is no point, in my mind, in continuing the character assasination. I had my own opinions about Diana's behaviours, but I am able to sympathize with the life events that formed her character. I was just grateful that the on-sale purchase price made it less of a loss.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2006

    Diana

    I felt this book portrayed both Diana and Charles honestly. It was well written and a must read for anyone intrested in trying to understand Diana.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Y'all are sick!

    SICK I TELL U!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Erik

    Watches diana and leans back against the wall then goes to result two and waves to diana hoping shell come so i can have my way with her

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Ashley

    Sorry gtg same place tomarow

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    Thunder

    Walks in

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Auther of up a notch

    Hey diana.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Diana

    Hey! Can you please tell the readers at pol that more chapters might not be out for a while cuz my grandpa is visiting and I'm sick? Thanks a thousand times!
    ~Diana

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    To angie

    *fuqs you in the azz*

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Brandon

    Ya go to tire 4 res

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2007

    Very Well-Written

    As others have described, this book was written in a very unbiased fashion. It highlights both the strengths and weaknesses of Charles and Diana as individuals and as a couple. The book sifts through the years of gossip and tabloid rumors and presents the facts. Wonderful read!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 24 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)