Elizabeth the Queen
By Sally Bedell Smith
- Release Date: 2012-01-10
- Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Elizabeth the Queen Sally Bedell Smith Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
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Elizabeth the Queen
Footnotes in text not designated and not linked to footnotes section; therefore, very difficult to read digitally!
This should be addressed before further iBook or ebook sales.
Cheers to this book!
This book is not for people looking for dirty laundry and scandal. The book is exactly what it says its about: The Queen. This book captures HRH at her brightest and darkest times while giving the common person a look at the person she is in her private life. We learn why she is the way she is when it comes to handling scandal later in life and a lot has to do with her upbringing. While the book does favor HRH what's not to love? You learn a lot more about The Queen and realize she is more than meets the eye.
Very biased and sugar coated
3 stars for description of queens interactions and relationships with prime ministers...other than that, book glosses over other items of interest such as relationship with the exiled king, Diana, fergie, Camilla.
Overall a good book
By Brazil Lady
While this is a good book, it is obvious that the author has a bias towards the queen. There is no doubt that the queen has devoted her life to her position, and has done so extremely well. But this book presents Elizabeth II as nearly perfect. It shows few, if any faults, although everyone has them. The author stresses over and over the queen's down to earth-ness. Her humility and forthrightness. Almost to the point where one wonders who is the author trying to convince. The book fairly well bashes Diana, and gives her very little credit for anything; supplying many quotes from palace insiders as to how "everyone" knew what a problem Diana was going to be.
Yet, the book is interesting. If you want a book that idealizes the queen, then this is the one for you.
What a beautiful and well written book, that keeps you wanting to turn the page. The British Monarchy should be proud of such a vivid and accurate book on the Queen.