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Queen Elizabeth Ii [Hardcover]

Sarah Bradford

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May 22 2012
Elizabeth II has lived through the Abdication, the Blitz and World War Two, the sex and spy scandals of the swinging sixties, the Cold War and the nuclear threat and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. She has known 11 US Presidents including JFK and Ronald Reagan, and other world leaders like President Mandela and Pope John XXII. Her Prime Ministers have ranged from Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher to David Cameron, the last only ten years older than her grandson. Her own family experiences, a mixture of happiness and crisis, weddings and divorces, and, in the case of Diana, violent death, have been lived in the glare of tabloid headlines. More than 2 billion people watched the wedding of her grandson Prince William to Catherine Middleton in 2010 shortly before she made the first State Visit to Ireland by a British monarch for 100 years. Our world has changed more in her lifetime than in any of her predecessors': the Queen has remained a calm presence at the centre, earning the respect of monarchists and republicans. How has she done it?

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Sarah Bradford is a historian and biographer. Her books include Cesare Borgia (1976), Disraeli (1982), winner of the New York Times Book of the Year, Princess Grace (1984), Sacherevell Sitwell (1993), Elizabeth: A Biography of Her Majesty the Queen (1996), America's Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (2000), Lucrezia Borgia (2005) and Diana (2007). She frequently appears on television as an authority on her biographical subjects and as a commentator on notable royal events. She is currently working on a full scale biography of Queen Victoria. She lives in London. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing March 30 2012
By Neville - Published on Amazon.com
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I was not really expecting anything new in this biography, after all, unless the Queen gives an in-depth interview any time soon, we will have to wait until after her death for any major revelations. But I thought it still might be nice to read a well written biography in this Diamond Jubilee, and remember the ups and downs of a remarkable reign. But a few pages in I started to notice that it was not reading very smoothly; it starts with the death of King George VI, moves back to the abdication (complete with the major clanger that Elizabeth was "the King's first grandchild"), and then further back again to a summary of the lives of the Queen's parents. Call me old fashioned, but I like my biographies to run along in nice chronological order, not jump all over the place. The editor let slip through some odd sentence structures, and there seemed to be a great reliance on secondary sources. If this book was thrown together simply to cash in on the Diamond Jubilee, it certainly shows.

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