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Prince of Wales: A Biography Hardcover – Nov 1994

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  • Hardcover: 620 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co; First Edition edition (Nov. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068812996X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688129965
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 480,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this book when I read it in paperback a number of years ago. Jonathon Dimbleby did an absolute stellar job in both its creation and how he detailed this very complex life of a man born to the English throne. Not only was it respectful in its often candid revelations, but gave insight into The Prince of Wales' strengths, weaknesses and introspective. In particular, the work that Charles took over from his beloved uncle, Lord Mountbatten and how what might otherwise have seemed like a non-starter charity evolved under his direction is one of the most admirable and respectable acts of hands involvement I've ever known. Few people know about the real Charles, what he does for inner city children, affording them the opportunity in life that he does. Amazing.

To be invited as guest of honour at an architects' convention, expected to stand up and praise their work, it takes real guts to do what he did in public; slam them for the atrocities that were going up all over London, comparing them to the works of Christopher Wren and other great architects.

It details his early love affair with Camilla, his surprising strengths of a naval officer at a time when he'd wanted to ask her to marry him but couldn't ask her to be part of what he called `The Firm', for he couldn't imagine anyone in their right mind wanting to take on the role, but on deciding to ask for her hand on his return from a naval assignment in Australia came home to find her engaged. The admiration his colleagues had for a man who entered that position with a self-confessed lack of confidence was entirely evident, as was his introspective suggestive of how he feels about the throne, what he will not say at his own coronation.
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By Bewill on 29 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
An interesting read, however it is incredibly long and I feel there is some information that could have been taken out to allow it to read better. It does provide an interesting insight into the Prince's life though.
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A bit one-sided of course, but it did give the Prince of Wales a chance to explain his version of events. A very interesting read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Prince Charles is a very, busy. Contrary to ... 18 Dec. 2014
By Sheila Haouchine - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Prince Charles is a very, busy. Contrary to his public and sneaky critics he doesn't walk around inside of Clarence House or on his private estate complaining. Unfortunately, at the time of the printing of the book - Prince Charles doesn't realize that Camilla was determined and did ruin his marriage to Princess Diana.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
very disappointing 2 Jan. 2014
By stacey renee - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have become very interested in the monarchy the past 2 years and therefore have read many different books. I read this book to 'balance' all the information I had read so far. It is a huge tome and is written almost completely about prince chas politics and gardens, etc. There was little to recommend this book to anyone who is really interested in the man and his relationships with diana or his sons. To be fair, I did learn that he was an excellent father..probably to make up for his father being so hyper critcal and unaffectionate with him. And although I didn't garner any admiration for him I did learn enough to be empathetic to a man who carried a huge burden his entire life and could never gain acceptance from his father. If the reader wants a personal note I recommend "the housekeeper's diary, before the breakup" written by wendy berry. It shows the prince and princess of wales , not all in a good light, and is a quick read.. This is a book that actually was banned in britain! We all know that diana was a devoted mother and the fact that Prince william and prince harry appear to be such well adjusted fine young men certainly supports the fact that prince chas was indeed a good father and has the love and admiration of his sons.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The Real Prince Charles 5 Feb. 1999
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Format: Paperback
I love this book. Even though it is a few years outdated, before the official divorce of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, it is still enthralling nonetheless. Mr. Dimbleby approaches the life of Prince Charles in nothing but respect, for a change. He opens up Prince Charles for you, and you learn about all of the good he does. It is amazing how much Prince Charles has done for unemployed and underprivaledged youths and areas. Through all of the tabloid-al journalism, you really get a good taste of the true Prince of Wales. I recommend this book to all royalists and monarchists and anyone wanting wanting true information instead of the tampered information often portrayed on tabloids.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Boring, Dry, Dull, and Stuffy 14 April 2014
By McIntyre - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I read this book once and barely finished. I paid for my reasoning was to read it in full. The most accurate descriptions of the text are boring, dry, dull, and stuffy. This is a thick book and in my opinion gets mired in "serious details" without ever truly saying anything productive. Maybe based on the book's pre-release hype ---like the author gained access to Charles' personal diaries, and other insider information---I expected too much.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Sounds like Charles dictated every word in the two years Dimbleby ... 25 July 2014
By Orpington - Published on
Format: Paperback
Sounds like Charles dictated every word in the two years Dimbleby spent with him. It's known that his parents were saddened at the way they were portrayed as cold and uncaring.
The tome skips over his first marriage as though it never happened and was an unfortunate glitch in his life long longing for another man's wife.
It's revisionist history, trying to put the Perfect Prince into context. It's a'll positive concerning Charles, as though he were nothing short of a god.
So while he has done his fair share of good deeds, his real life is missing from the book. We don't read about his many mistakes and flings. A total whitewash.
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