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Elizabeth the Queen

The Life of A Modern Monarch
Smith, Sally Bedell (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in intimate detail the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II, who has led her country and Commonwealth through the wars and upheavals of the last sixty years with unparalleled composure, intelligence, and grace.
Authors: Smith, Sally Bedell, 1948-
Title: Elizabeth the Queen
the life of a modern monarch
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: xxii, 663 p., [32] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,25 cm.
Contents: A royal education
Love match
Destiny calls
"Ready, girls?"
Affairs of state
Made for television
New beginnings
Refuge in routines
Daylight on the magic
Ring of silence
"Not bloody likely!"
Feeling the love
Iron Lady and English Rose
A very special relationship
Family fractures
Annus horribilis
Tragedy and tradition
Love and grief
Moving pictures
A soldier at heart
Long live the Queen.
Summary: Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in intimate detail the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II, who has led her country and Commonwealth through the wars and upheavals of the last sixty years with unparalleled composure, intelligence, and grace.
ISBN: 1400067898
9781400067893
Statement of Responsibility: Sally Bedell Smith
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [627]-635) and index.
Subject Headings: Great Britain History Elizabeth II, 1952- Queens Great Britain Biography. Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926-
Topical Term: Queens
LCCN: 2011023661
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Jul 28, 2014
  • athompson10 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Well researched and very detailed, though it gets a little syncophantic in the last chapters summarizing the 2000s.

Jun 19, 2014
  • DeltaQueen50 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch is a very lovingly offered biography from an obviously biased author. Elizabeth the II has been reigning throughout a period of enormous change to the Commonwealth, to Britain and to the world, yet, for the most part this book dwells on the insignificant and trivial details of her life. That these details are well researched is important to note, but there was always a feeling that she was striving for the Queen’s approval in her final product.

Sep 20, 2012
  • carolannbagan rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

really dry and kind of boring. thought the queens life would warrant a better read than this.

will recommend to my book club
As head of state the Queen has done invaluable diplomatic wonders not only for her own country but also for the world through her influence with the Commonwealth leaders.

Although she has been written about hundreds of times during her long 60-year reign, Elizabeth the Queen is an excellent overview of the life of Elizabeth. Since the author had access to materials and was able to spend time with the Queen and Prince Philip, Ms. Smith was able to introduce information never before published. She also highlights Elizabeth's great devotion to the crown, Great-Britain and the Commonwealth while giving the reader an honest look at the not always positive effect on her children. She does show, however, that Elizabeth has learned from past mistakes by being more human and flexible with her grand-children. Highly recommended in this year of her Jubilee.

Mar 02, 2012
  • Valerie J Fletcher rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was marvelous. Its hard to imagine anyone, male or female who has been in the same job for as many years as the Queen has been. The book really opened my eyes to her diversity and courage. I hold such respect for this woman.

Amazing reign. She's seen it all.

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