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Diana : Her True Story Hardcover – 1992


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Limited; First Canadian Edition. edition (1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854791915
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854791917
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.7 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,098,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donna Di Giacomo on May 6 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was the book that put the nail in the coffin of the Waleses marriage in 1992. Charles and Diana tried to make a P.R. show of togetherness on an overseas trip shortly after the book's publication and failed miserably. In December of that year, now-former P.M. John Major announced their separation in the House of Commons.
This is an interesting read on the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and about as close as anyone ever got to writing an authorized biography of her life. Only a few years after her death was it revealed that Diana, indeed, made audiotape interviews of herself spilling the Windsor's secrets and passed them to Morton through a third party (so he could never say he interviewed her).
The pictures are very interesting and the information on the state of Charles's and Diana's marriage were indeed juicy.
A great read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By happymammaw on Nov. 12 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed reading this book, and found it to be fascinating. However, I have since read "A Royal Duty" by Paul Burrell. Some of the statments made in these two books are conflicting. In "Diana, Her True Story", it is made to sound like Princess Diane was always at odds with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. In "A Royal Duty", Paul Burrell tells a different story. He maintains Diana had a loving and close relationship with the Queen and Prince Phillip right up until the time she died. It is a very interesting book, but after reading almost everything written about Princess Diana, there are so many different views and stories, it is hard to know which to believe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Howard on Nov. 6 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Now that she is gone and the word is out that Diana did cooperate with the telling of this story the book is all the more interesting. Having never read a book about Diana, I found this to be very informative and tragic. Diana appears to have been a very misunderstood and lonely person, caught up in circumstances she had no control over. You just want to reach into her life and comfort her.
Prince Charles was clearly the villain in the relationship as much of his behavior has been confirmed in the media since her death. His refusal to discontinue his relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles speaks for itself. How anyone could pick CPB over Diana in unfathomable. What was never addressed was what Andrew Parker-Bowles thought about the relationship between his wife and Prince Charles. Both Camilla and Charles denied there was a relationship. What a crock.
The book provides a great back-story to Princess Diana's untimely death. But there is no prediction about an impending car accident as Diana's Butler Paul Burrell now claims. However she did make a haunting prediction in 1992 on page 220 that did come true, "I am performing a duty as the Princess of Wales ... but I don't see it any longer than 15 years."
A good introduction to someone who knows nothing about Diana.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 17 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is probably the foremost and authoritative book on who the real and true Diana, Princess of Wales was. Just as Candle in the Wind is her song, this IS Diana's book.
I give this book 5 stars because this is historically accurate biographical information told by the woman that was behind it from the beginning, Diana. This is a classic biography.
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This book has been called "the longest divorce petition in history", and when you read it, you would have to agree with that statement. But what you have to remember is that at the time when Diana agreed to co-operate with Mr Morton, she was feeling sad, lonely, and unhappy, but she was never allowed to express that publicly. She was unhappy with her life, unhappy with her royal image, and most of all, unhappy with her marriage, yet she couldn't do what anyone else in that situation would be able to do - she couldn't visit a local solicitor and obtain a divorce. Poor woman, she couldn't even go to the gym without being followed by a throng of photographers.
When this book was published in 1992, it was dismissed by the establishemnt as being a pack of lies, but ultimately they, and the public too, discovered that it wasn't when Charles admitted his infidelity with the redoubtably ugly and gauche Camilla Parker Bowles, and when, in her astonishingly frank Panorama interview, Diana candidly shared the harrowing details of her eating disorder, bulimia.
This book succeeded on many levels. It certainly exposed the shocking truth about the Royal marriage and portrayed the Royal Family, for the first time ever, not as cherished icons but as ordinary individuals with more than their share of character defects (and this means Diana, too!) But it ultimately succeeded in its portrayal of an immature twenty year old girl, who won the hearts of the world when she kissed the Prince, only to have him become a toad, to the beautiful, compassionate symbol of kindness, caring, and humanity that she was when she was so tragically snatched away from the world. For it was the publication of this book that enabled Diana to seek a new life for herself, and in doing so she developed the character traits that enabled us all to fall in love her, this time more completely, again and again and again.
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Format: Hardcover
I thought the book was really enlighting. It seems as if the author jumped from this time, to that time, and back to this time, an awful lot. I felt sorry for Diana, although I know I shouldnt have. It seems as if she is trying really hard to blame everyone around her (mostlly her husband) for everything that ever went wrong. Just sounded like she didnt want to take any responsibiliy for anything she EVER did that might have been wrong. This is the first book I have read about the Princess of Wales, but she has always interested me. If you are thinking of reading it, do so. While I was reading it I just tryed to keep in mind, that when this book was originally writen, the Princess of Wales, and the Prince of Wales were BOTH trying very hard to make the other look bad. I do believe the things that are in the book, however, I also try to make up my own mind about it. In every relationship that has ever went bad, there is his story, her story, and somewhere between these two stories you will find the truth.
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