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Diana [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Bradford
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Glamour. Duty. Tragedy: The Woman Behind the Princess.

Sarah Bradford delivers an authoritative and explosive study of the greatest icon of the twentieth century: Diana.

After more than a decade interviewing those closest to the Princess and her select circle, Sarah Bradford exposes the real Diana: the blighted childhood, the old-fashioned courtship which saw her capture the Prince of Wales, the damage caused by the spectre of Camilla Parker Bowles, through to the collapse of the royal marriage and Diana's final and complicated year as single woman.

Diana paints an honest portrait of a woman riddled with contradictions and whose vulnerability and unique empathy with the suffering made her one of the most extraordinary figures of the modern age.

About the Author

Sarah Bradford is a historian and biographer. Previous books include biographies of Disraeli, George VI, Elizabeth II and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (America's Queen), as well as two previous accounts of the Borgia family. She lives in London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2311 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (5 July 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI95M2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Amelrode VINE VOICE
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Princess Diana is properly one of the most, if not the most known personality of our times. We have all our own recollections of her life. I had been in the crowds when she married the PoW and I had been in London during the days of her funeral. In one way or the other she had an impact on us. Many books had been written about her - some just presenting her side of the sotory, other of course the one of the PoW and more recently just books trying to make money of her name by selling so-called secrets. Still unresolved what really happened in Paris as the investigations are still on-going. Of course, the marriage of the PoW and CBP revivded much of the controversy.

So is this one of the typical books on Diana? NO it is not. For the first time an author tries to gibe as mcuh as possible an even handed account. Sarah Bradford achieves this. She is neither besotted by Diana, nor is she against her. She recognizes her extraordinary qualities without forgetting the darkes sides. The same applies to the PoW. Reading this remarkable account of Diana's life one feesl the drama, the emotions, the happiness, the sadness. Diana4s and Charles's incompatibility is exposed but not in terms of pointing the finger to one side. It is qn extraordinary story and one often wonders why all this had to happen. This books gives explanations and creates understanding. It gives one as well an insdie into the life and morals of the 3upper classes3. Judge for yourself. It is definetely worthwhile reading.

From all the books I have read insofar on Diana I feel that this is by far one of the best. It does justice to all involved.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Respectful and Fair Portrait of the Princess 29 Mar 2009
While it is clear that Sarah Bradford is respectful of Princess Diana, and even supportive, it is also clear that Ms. Bradford has taken great pains to be as objective as possible in writing the biography of this iconic woman.

In this interesting, honest tome, Bradford explores the things that happened in Diana's childhood that may have contributed to her adult behavior, and explains why fairly mundane occurrences might have been looked back upon as more negative than they truly were. Perhaps if Diana had gotten the opportunity to live another ten or twenty years, she might have grown into her own skin a bit more, and been able to look back on the sad moments of her life with less bitterness and more objectivity.

Diana's good works are duly noted here, as well as her devotion to her duties and her two beloved sons. Also documented are her childish tantrums, her occasional selfishness (an incident toward the end of her life when she takes advantage of the family member of a dying friend in order to try to catch up with a boyfriend is particularly damning), and her tendency to cut friends and family out of her life without so much as a backward glance.

Princess Diana was no saint. She did wonderful things, and she did things were not so lovely. I suspect that it was her very "human-ness" that caused her to be beloved by millions. Sarah Bradford ably captures the various dichotomies that continue to make The People's Princess so fascinating.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
So many of the books written on Diana have glaringly obvious errors, but this one is different. Sarah Bradford has thoroughly researched her subject, and presents a very balanced view of the Princess. In years to come if my grandchildren want to know about Diana Princess of Wales, this is the book I will tell them to read. The book shows both sides of the Princess, she was a very human Princess and that is why she was so loved, and it's important that history knows this. I can highly recommend Sarah Bradfords book, and knowing how well researched and detailed the book is, it makes me want to read more of Sarahs books.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 23 Feb 2007
By SusieQ
I have to admit, I was afraid to read this biography because I thought it was going to be very much "oh, poor Diana, thrown to the wolves", but to my surprise and delight, this biography is well researched, and I think very fair to both Diana and the people around her, and her relationships with them. Sarah Ferguson, Prince Charles, Diana's parents, etc., are all portrayed in shades of grey, not all black or all white, which is fair. Most importantly, the book shows the good and the bad sides of Diana, so it is a fair portrait of her, also. I especially like the fact that the author was able to emphasize something I've always felt, too: Diana was very much "alone", in the sense of never coming first with anyone (except, with her sons). And of course once she became world-famous, she never had a fighting chance. Her family or friends were either dazzled or dismayed by her, but she was irrevocably damaged by her childhood and she never quite understood (nor did anyone around her) how to resolve that.

I recommend this book with Sally Bedell Smith's (which is less sympathetic but equally good) as the only two books to date that best reveal the true Diana, all her good points and her flaws; why she was the way she was, and the tragedy that followed from that.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Readable, new material, well researched 5 Dec 2006
By Sally
Definitely one I would recommend. Well researched, without the glaring errors a few less well researced Diana biogs have. Sarah Bradford has a good reputation as a biographer anyway so is obviously not one just to go for a slap dash quick buck with that reputation to consider.

Well written and enjoyable. Even handed and considered, has some new revelations in it but is not sensationalist. Although one of the other viewers complains about 'unnamed sources' in this case it seemed to me more like contributors who didn't want to give their name because of links to the subject and the stigma attached rather than a 'tabloid trick'.

As it is comprehensive, entertaining and extremely readable this would be a good book for anyone from a Diana buff to a relative newbie to Diana's story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, well researched
Well balanced and well researched, I am actually in the middle of reading this for the second time. This is the only book on Diana I have bought, because I wanted to avoid the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Estella123
5.0 out of 5 stars Diana
What a great book, I have read a lot of books on Princess Diane this is one of the best
Published 9 months ago by Nanavee
5.0 out of 5 stars Diana
I have read several biographies on Diana. I think that Sarah Bradford is without doubt the most enjoyable! Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2012 by La Femme Savante
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent biography
I found this a well-written and well balanced biography of one of the most famous (and infamous) women in the world. Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2011 by K. Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Woman behind the Persona !
A refreshing book as it clearly is one penned by someone who knew the woman behind the persona " Diana, Princess of Wales ". Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2010 by Diana
2.0 out of 5 stars I agree with Eddie the Rover.....
I agree with Eddie the Rover when he says that he finds this book no more than an essay and I must say, that is what I found too. Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2008 by Free Spirit
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a disappointment
I was excited when I saw Bradford had chosen to tackle Diana; her biog of Jackie Onassis is one of the best I have ever read, but I was left disappointed by this. Read more
Published on 7 April 2007 by S.M. Gidley
3.0 out of 5 stars A little dispointed
The book is a very well researched book and the author wrote it with her own interviews with many insiders who witnessed the true events. Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2007 by Xiao Jing Guo
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed and fascinating
As someone who knew a bit about Diana but not a whole lot, I found this book thorough, in-depth, interesting and well written. Ms. Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2007 by Anne
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