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Diana : Her True Story [Hardcover]

Andrew Morton
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An intimate portrait of the Princess of Wales describes her public and private life, reveals details about her marital problems, and discusses her attitudes toward motherhood, public service, and more. 250,000 first printing. Lit Guild Feat Alt. First serial, People.

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4.0 out of 5 stars book cover March 11 2014
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I received the book but it had a different cover on it and i wanted the one it showed in ad for the book.I wanted the one showing above here
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disgusted by the condition of this book Jan. 15 2014
By Louise
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When I opened the package the book came in, it smelled like it had been in a basement for the last 20 years. The jacket on the book had some kind of sticky black substance on it. Some of the pages are soiled. The top of the pages has some kind of spillage on them. I am going to throw this book in the garbage as I can't stand the smell.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Diana Her True Story Oct. 11 2001
By "alyshab" - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was an astonishing biography about Princess Diana. It gave you insight into the life that she led both privately and in the public eye. The Princess of Wales had a good heart, even from the time she was young. She enjoyed being with people and helping those in need. Diana was also a very generous person and she liked to have fun and laugh. She seemed happy, but underneath she was suffering from depression. I was shocked at what I learned while reading the book. Whenever I pictured The Princess of Wales,I always thought of her smile, but she was really hurting inside. It all started from the disappointment that her parents expressed when she wasn't born a boy, to her bulimia nervosa, and her numerous suicide attempts. Not to mention, she was constantly being criticized by her own husband, family, and the media. I can't imagine being put in the position she was without any words of encouragement or guidance. The author did an excellent job giving examples and supporting his stories with quotes from friends, family, and the Princess herself. His style of writing gave you a greater understanding of what she was going through with very detailed stories and descriptions. There were also pictures throughout the book showing the Princess with her children and doing the things she loved. If you are at all interested in learning about the life of Princess Diana, this book is well worth reading, though at times it can be difficult to follow. It gives you a greater comprehension of her life as well as greater respect for her as a person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Diana: Her True Story-In Her Own Words Nov. 2 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this author extremely informative and very sympathetic to Diana, Princess of Wales. I feel that Andrew Morton has done a brilliant job with the re-release of this book. The content was most shocking and very sad. But it seems to be true if you look at her life over the years.
I have grown very much interested witht he monarchy, unfortunatly because of her death. This book also illustrates the life of Royalty, in lay terms. I found this to be helpful in understanding this way of life.

I hope he continues to inform the public on the future of the Monarchy and any new developments in these peoples lives. Brilliant work!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking. Oct. 9 1997
By minbarib5@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
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One word can describe Andrew Morton's book: shocking. You recieve a detailed description of the late Princess of Wales' life that will shock you and make you sorrowful for the pain she suffered. The book tells of a life of self-hatred from Diana's bulimia to her many suicide attempts. Morton paints a very different portrait of the Princess' remarkable life, not the fairy tale often portrayed by the media. He takes you into a broken marriage with vivid scences of fighting and Charles off and on romance with Camilla Parker-Bowels. This is the book that rocked Britain and is a throughly good reading experience that you will not regret.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE CRUELEST LOVE STORY EVER TOLD Oct. 28 2013
By Hansen Alexander - Published on Amazon.com
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If any thinking person suffered the illusion that the British monarchy was anything other than a kind of cheap floor show at a gambling casino to sucker foreign tourists into supporting the island's Gross National Product (GNP), Andrew Morton dispels it in "Diana, Her True Story," based largely on the confessions of Lady Diana Spencer herself to the author.

Morton makes clear that Diana indeed was part of one of the greatest love stories ever told. Unfortunately it was the love story between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles, with Diana in a supporting role as an unintended voyeur. Morton also makes clear that the Prince's love for and relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles was constant, without interruption, and his courtship of Diana, their royal marriage, and the birth of their sons William and Harry, were merely sideshows for public consumption, while in his real life he snuck out to see Camilla, hunted, played polo, and went on about his royal rounds.

The book's only weakness, in my judgment, is its slim size. I was taken aback to find it merely 160 pages, astonishingly slender, for such an interesting subject. And nearly 30 of those pages is occupied by photographs of Diana. Yet the photographs, many taken by Diana and her friends, turns out to be the truest picture of the late Princess, as it shows her in friendly and intimate moments and not posing at royal occasions.

This is, of course, Diana's side of the story, but Morton makes a compelling case that Charles was a mean cad who ridiculed Diana at every turn, had no patience for the pains of her bulimia, although he did send her to an army of psychiatrists after she attempted suicide at least five times, constantly criticized what clothes she wore, and consistently admonished whatever she said in public. Like most people who eventually succeed at speaking and appearing in public, Diana was in truth very shy. Yet when she mastered the art, the diminutive Prince Charles, who stands around 5 feet four, was jealous that his much taller Princess, who stood more than 5 feet ten, became far more popular. Indeed, left alone essentially without a husband, Diana turned to her public.

Diana, Morton vividly illustrates, was loved by the public because she truly loved people. Long before she was dragged out of obscurity to serve as the birther of a royal heir, she had dropped out of high school to take care of children, had a particular affinity with the sick which would reach its crescendo of public attention with dying AIDS patients and victims of land mine accidents.

Because of her genuine kindness and affinity for public duty, Princess Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales to her death after her divorce from Charles, emerges from these pages as a kind of champion of the egalitarian Britain of the Greatest Generation, and a contrast to the greedy English speaking world policies launched by Margaret Thatcher, which slashed the safety net for most working people, while it increased the billion dollar holdings of the wealthy, such as the royal family. It led to the greatest concentration of income at the top in modern history, and the after effects still paralyze the international banking system and the retirement security of the English, Americans, Australians, and to a lesser extent, the Canadians.

But what the heck. Princess Diana is dead and Prince Charles still hunts and plays polo.

[Hansen Alexander is author of "The Death of Chauvinism," a comic novel, and "An Introduction to the Laws of the United States in the 21rst Century," an Amazon, e-book exclusive.]
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite a Handful! April 8 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It's difficult to separate this book's historical and popular value from Morton's circuitous writing style. Suffice it to say, Diana's story is gripping and terribly shocking, but Morton's lack of organization (seeming to flit from topic to topic amd time to time, skimming over some details and laboriously outlining others) drove me absolutely nuts. Since it's come to light that Diana herself basically handed him this story, it's interesting to consider if, in reality, it's the former princess's own beleagured mind at fault. Anyway, I would definitely recommend reading this book because Diana's story is an undeniable facet in modern history, but be prepared to spend time on it, sorting it out chronologically and prioritically (if that's even a word).
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