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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822878650
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822878651
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 18.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,624,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tracing the life of "Sissi" Empress of Austria, Brigitte Hamann paints a portrait of a highly-gifted, clear-sighted and unconventional personality. The volume contains extracts from Elisabeth's diaries and includes relevant pictures from original pictorial documentation.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars paperback book 10 Aug 2009
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Cannot give a correct review as I bought this book as a gift for my wife,and she hasn't got round to reading it yet. Slightly different version of one I saw in France, but looks as though it gives a good historical accoungt of Sissi.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Guide 3 Dec 2002
By D. Black - Published on Amazon.com
Hamann's little book on Elisabeth has some great pictures and a fairly good accounting of Sissi's life. This is a good starter book, if you're just curious about her. But if you're looking for the who shebang, I'd go with Joan Haslip's "The Lonely Empress" which is much more detailed and gives a more all-inclusive look into Elisabeth's life and the people who were a part of it.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 12 April 2000
By Eleana Sajia - Published on Amazon.com
A wonderfully illustrated book with a short but complete biography. The text is written by acclaimed historian Brigitte Hamann and is accurate though sometimes overly simplified by comparison to her 500+ pages biography about Empress Elisabeth. A very good book which shows another side of Elisabeth of Austria and a must for every admirer of Sissi.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, proper perspective of a legend! 24 Aug 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Excellent reading, appropriate for both the novice in history as well as the versed reader.
Well written, easy to read and put in the proper historical perspective, recommendable to all!!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice book with great photos, but rather biased historically. 6 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
A nice little book. Great photos, however, when compared to contemporary commentaries by person's whom actually knew the Empress this book seems a bit biased toward the "official" and "political" interpretation of Sissi's life, personality and problems. I have kept it for the lovely photos. I prefer to garner a less biased history from a myriad of other sources.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting... 29 Feb 2012
By Mom G. - Published on Amazon.com
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Firstly, the book is written in several languages in the same book, although on different pages.

As far as the content, I think Sissi was a forward thinker in her time.

The pictures are beautiful!

Finished book in one quick sitting.
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