- Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Limited; First Canadian Edition. edition (1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1854791915
- ISBN-13: 978-1854791917
- Parcel Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.7 x 3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 544 g
- Average Customer Review: 61 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,489,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Diana : Her True Story Hardcover – 1992
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Diana: Her True Story was originally published in 1992 under the guise of a quasi-authorized biography, with mostly unnamed courtiers and royalty as the accredited sources. It instantly became a sizzling, international bestseller that lanced the boil of Windsor family dysfunction, triggering a chain of events that led to Charles and Diana's divorce. After her tragic death in 1997, Morton revealed that Diana had not only been the main source for the book, but had also edited his original drafts for accuracy. In return for this gold mine of information, Diana wanted complete anonymity for fear of retaliation from the queen--a fear that seems reasonably justified after reading the icy, inhuman portrayal of Her Majesty. Beyond the racy and irregular royals, Diana: Her True Story gives a full account of the princess's rocky childhood, her bouts with bulimia, the rejection she felt by Charles and the royal family, and her tenacious ability to overcome adversity. Included are two sections of full-color photographs. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Morton's expose of royal unhappiness--a 14-week PW bestseller in cloth--will be released in paperback to coincide with an NBC miniseries based on it. Photos.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The factual aspects of the book are good and have good details about Princess Diana. I did like getting a behind-the-scenes look at her life and story.
Now, I understand that when a person dies the contractual silence agreements are void; however, I don't think that justifies the way this book was written. I do understand that Andrew Morton has a need to make money, but is it ethical for him to take the information she gave to him in confidence and splash it across this book while judging her? She clearly expressed that she did NOT want to be named as a source, so his solution was to wait until her death to do so?
Yes, it is stated in the book indirectly that practically everyone knew that she was the source, but was there a need to confirm it and judge her while doing so?
I thought when I bought this book that it would be an objective piece that would illustrate how she viewed her own life (e.g. from interviews or things she wanted the public to know she said). I didn't appreciate the author's judgements of her and his comments about her personality. It was almost as if he had turned against her after she had died so that he could sell more books.
Just goes to show that you shouldn't let the press in too close.
I will probably end up reading the first version of this book which is closer to what Princess Diana would have wanted us to see while she was alive.
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