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Elizabeth the Queen: The Woman Behind the Throne [Kindle Edition]

Sally Bedell Smith
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An intimate portrait of Her Majesty the Queen

As we celebrate her Diamond Jubilee, this brand new biography of Queen Elizabeth II is the first all-round, up-close picture of one of the most fascinating, enigmatic and admired women in the world.

With exclusive access to the Queen's personal letters, close friends and associates, this intimate biography is a treasure trove of fresh insights on her public persona and her private life.

Here we see Queen Elizabeth going about her daily duties, preparing for formal occasions, playing with her children at the Palace, crawling on her stomach to stalk deer, donning yellow Marigolds to wash up after Balmoral cookouts, and even changing a car wheel.

Here we, at last, get to meet the leader, strategist, and diplomat; the daughter, wife, mother and grandmother - Elizabeth the Queen.

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Sally Bedell Smith offers her readers the illusion of knowing the queen as a friend (The Economist)

The book has much to recommend it, being extensively researched, fluently written and containing quite a lot of intriguing "new" information (The Telegraph)

A worthy addition to the shelves of royal watchers everywhere (Sunday Independent)

Incisive... well researched (Choice Magazine)

A thoroughly good read (Daily Mail)

About the Author

Sally Bedell Smith is the author of the bestselling biographies of Diana, Princess of Wales, John and Jacqueline Kennedy, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Pamela Churchill Harriman and Bill Paley. A contributing editor at Vanity Fair since 1996, she previously worked at Time and The New York Times, where she was a cultural news reporter. Sally is the mother of three children and lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Stephen.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 41987 KB
  • Print Length: 642 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718158652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718158651
  • ASIN: B006JP11OO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,442 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fresh Approach 3 Mar. 2012
By Zoonie
Format:Kindle Edition
Perhaps because of the author's strong American links, this is a fresh approach to a subject which has been well-visited and picked over by the hacks throughout the years. We are so used to the same old anecdotes being trotted out, relying on the writings of people such as Crawfie, of Robert Lacey and (more recently) of Margaret Rhodes. Plus of course all the oft- repeated rumours.

Ms Bedell Smith takes us places other 'biographers' do not. For example, I have long been curious about the Queen's private visit to America to a stud farm in Kentucky. How did a woman, used to a Palace and servants, adapt? Well, here is the answer. And it is entertaining to read. Also, I did not know before reading this that Her Majesty has made FIVE private visits to the USA. The hacks did not report it, perhaps because they did not know.

The author has a sure, light touch with language. This is no mere recital of facts.

Other biographies of the Queen in her Diamond Jubilee year are getting more publicity and more hype, but when the years roll past I bet it will be this book that stands out. Sadly too, it will become one of the standard texts that will be pillaged in the future by Royal 'experts.'
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A detailed, insightful biography. 25 May 2012
By Aliza
Format:Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this biography. It is well laid out with brilliant information on Her Majesty's day to day life from birth right up to the present. A must for any royal enthusiast or just those wanting to find out more about the Queen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real eyeopener. 16 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not a Royalist but this book has shown me that the Queen is very likable. From a young age she was thrust into being Queen fully accepting of her role of ruling our country. From reading this book, Sarah Bedell Smith has shown me the Queen in a new light altogether. The strength of character the Queen has, the way she never flinches from her duties as our queen. she has my deepest respect and admiration. Even at the age of 86 the Queen s till has t hat same level of sr
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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by far the best of this years books on the queen .does not repeat things that are already known
i had read sarah bradfords book and robert hardmans i found this to be the best
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth the Queen: The Woman Behind the Throne 6 Mar. 2012
Really enjoyed the read.
As an ardent Royalist all my life, there were details that I have never heard about. A lovely book
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth the Queen 26 April 2012
By ED Farr
Don't let the proportions of this book put you off. The language is clear and easy to understand. It is a real page turner, your heart goes out to our Queen and all the things she has had to cope with over her years as our leader.

A good introduction to our monarchy and a good, fair insight into what happens behind the crown!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Royal Book Review 23 Feb. 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This excellent royal book is a fitting tribute to the Queen in this her Diamond Jubilee year after sixty years of service on the throne.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some Diamonds are Forever 4 Mar. 2012
Here we have a biography of the Queen and in her diamond jubilee year a rather fitting book which takes us from the latest royal event, the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton back to when the Queen's father became King and she thus became Heir Presumptive, right through some seventy plus years back to the marriage of Prince William.

Sally Bedell-Smith has covered nearly everything you could possibly want in a biography of the Queen, her family and the work she does for the country and perhaps the world as a whole. How much of this book is exact truth remains a mystery? I am rather cynical - as do we ever know what is said or thought by those in 'The Firm'? A quote from David Attenborough in the book sums it up quite nicely I feel; an institution that "depends on mystique and the tribal chief in his hut. If any member of the tribe ever sees inside the hut, then the whole system of the tribal chiefdom is damaged and the tribe eventually disintegrates".

I think here is a book where a lot of second-hand information passed through observers, and information drawn from many other sources; television programmes and the ilk. However this books draws all these things succinctly together and gives a very rounded book.

It covers all the Prime Ministers of the UK, from Churchill to Cameron, American Presidents and other world leaders. Her obvious love for the Antipodes which started many years previous is apparent, although perhaps the inhabitants of these islands have other ideas. Her love of horses is well covered and I was slightly bored at some of this and it went into much detail of the process for breeding etc.But then I loved all the pomp and ceremony of many other events such as the Order of the Garter which were explained fully and well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed it.
Published 6 months ago by Jacs
4.0 out of 5 stars Cabbage and queens
Very enjoyable read, from spellings and explanatory notes aimed US market. Sally, prince Phillip does call the queen 'cabbage, he called her that sotto voce at a school for deaf... Read more
Published 7 months ago by dragonlady
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 9 months ago by barney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a good detailed read
Published 9 months ago by mr p g bowdidge
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A satisfying purchase - thankyou!
Published 12 months ago by Mr. S. F. BRUNNING
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
Fascinating, A royalist to date but this book has made me review some of my opinions. Worth reading.
Published 14 months ago by Jak Sanderson
4.0 out of 5 stars What I learned From Stalin, Hitler and Other Totalitarian Regimes
There is no doubt that this is simply excellent value for anyone wanting to read an up-to-date and heavily biased account of the Queen. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Honrus Publicus
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable
I have read some good reviews of this book but have been largely disappointed by it. There has been little which is new in the book and its tone is reverential. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. A. A. R. Wheatcroft
I have yet to read all of this book but what I have so far read I have found very interesting, especially as it is written by an American author who explains lots of things well... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Pat
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