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The Day Diana Died [Hardcover]

Christopher P. Anderson
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29 Sep 1998
Like the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the tragic death of the Princess of Wales on 31st august 1997 is one of those defining benchmarks in history - an event that touched each of us so profoundly that we will never forget the moment we heard the news. For all Diana's global fame, much of the human drama that swirled around her death remains veiled in mystery and intrigue. Now, Christopher Andersen draws on important sources, to recreate the events leading up to that fateful night in Paris. He provides information about Diana's final moments alive, about the accident itself, and what no one knew about the other convicted drunk driver in the car that night. He reveals Prince Charles' surprising reaction to the news of Diana's death, including his shock the first time he saw her body; the Queen's bizarre request, and an account of how Princes William and Harry coped with their shock and grief. He examines the behind-the-scenes battle that raged between the Queen and Prince Charles in the days leading up to the funeral. He also provides final answers to persistent rumours that Diana was pregnant at the time of the accident, that cocaine was found in the car, and that she was the victim of a murder plot.
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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (29 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688160824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688160821
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 15.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Royal writer Christopher Anderson has spoken to many important sources, many telling for the first time their stories about the princess and the last days of her life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Andersen does a good job 22 Oct 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I've never been one to read many celebrity biographies because I thought, "So what? They're rich; they're famous, and I couldn't care less about them." But as so many seem to think, so thought I; Diana was different. I had heard alot of talk about this book, and the fact that it took at least a year to write (so many of the others were out in a couple of months) made me believe Andersen and his reaserchers put a valid amount of effort into seeking out the facts. I liked the book. It's not a wonderful piece of literature (he repeats himself way too often. I have a bad memory, but even I didn't need to be reminded three and four times about certain events)but it suffices for nice tribute to Diana's often lonely but so generously led life. Before I read this novel I wasn't sure how I stood on the issue of Dodi's father. I didn't understand the things he chose to do in the wake of his son's and Diana's death. However, if it is true that he made it a goal to set Diana up with Dodi in an effort to thumb his nose at England, then I hope he goes to sleep at night in his satin sheets with a guilty conscience. I already knew before I read this book that people seemed to make a habit of using Diana; Muhammed is just one more added to the list. Andersen's first chapter and closing chapter (in particular)are exceptional, I only wish he had stuck to the same style for that which came between.
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Format:Hardcover
This is one of the most touching books I have read in years concerning Diana. You are there in the mist with her as she goes through those last days. Feel the deep heart felt love Diana has for her sons above all things of her life. Charles realizing just how much he does love Diana in the end when it is too late. Feel the Queens resentment of a lady that changed the world because of love, which the Queen seems unable to see nor feel. Ride in the car as Diana and Dodi speed away from the Ritz being chased by the press. Stand in the tunnel after the tragic crash and feel the utter hopelessness of not being able to do anything for your Princess, which in the eyes of the world is the true Queen of our time. This and more, will pull you into the last few weeks of Diana, Princess of Wales life. Your heart will be touched beyond words as your love for Diana and her sons will grow even deeper. A book that must be read and cannot be put down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
Lots of juicy tidbits are brought out in this well-written volume by Christopher Andersen and most of the shocking ones relate to the behavior of the Queen in the time following the death of her former daughter-in law. Her zeal to find out what happened to Diana's Royal Jewels, the Monarch's outdated protocol and the drama surrounding her televised speech make this book well worth the purchase price! Many details are gathered and this author does a great job of presenting a most difficult event objectively. Two thumbs up! Hope the British people will read this, but doubt their libel laws will allow this. The subject is neatly presented and the events are neatly tied together and made more "understandable" here than in other books, articles and televised reports. I recommend this book for the fans of the late Princess and history buffs as well.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I am ashamed that I bought this book 5 Sep 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book was an interesting read, but there was nothing new in it, with the exception of a few little tidbits of gossip...and those things you probably heard on his many many talk show appearances.

The majority of this book is old gossip, and his "sources" are somewhat questionable. Sometimes even using "a friend of a nurse who was told by the nurse who was at the hospital..." as a source, though he doesn't say that explicitly in the book. He also claims not to have paid his sources, though that statement is also questionable.

If you really want to read this book, don't contribute to this man's income...as the profits of this book go to him, and not Diana's charities. Go to the library and check it out there. But if you want the "National Enquirer" with a pretty, hardback, cover...then buy it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Enough already! 25 Aug 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Why do people flock to a book like this? They think its a tribute to Diana while they miss what it really is; yet another chance for an otherwise talentless writer to cash in on the tragedy. Her death is now a money making industry in and of itself with every would-be-author jumping into the ring to pump out a quick book and grab some cash. Spare me the " it was a tribute" or "a labour of love" excuses. It's greed. Pure and simple.
My advice, if you really honestly love the lady and everything she stood for, is stop funding these hack writers, put away your Elton John single, and move on with your life. Just because it has a pretty cover doesn't hide the fact that it's tabloid journalism. Or if you remember, the very thing that helped drive the princess to an early grave.
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I have found it very hard to put this book down! Christopher Anderson has written a wonderful book looking at the months leading up to death of the Princess of Wales. His book is populated with quotes and insights from those closest to the Princess and gives a good, in depth, look at the romance between Princess Diana and Dodi Fayad. Of particular interest is the reaction of Princess Diana's former husband, Prince Charles, upon learning of the Princess' death. Also, the reaction of Queen Elizabeth, who is more concerned with the royal jewels than with the death of her grandsons' mother!! A MUST READ if you have followed the Princess of Wales and have questions surrounding her death.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different Version
I have read this book with interest, I do wonder who in the establishment is telling the truth! I have lent this book out to many of the people I know who seem to draw the same... Read more
Published 6 months ago by E. A. Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, if not the best on the time Diana died
In a few days time the anniversary of the death of Princess Diana will be up.

Ever since she passed away many, many books have been written about her life and death,... Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2006 by Amelrode
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating reading...
I found this book fascinating from beginning to end...it is an informative account of what happened as Diana was driven to her fateful end on that unforgettable day... Read more
Published on 9 May 2006 by Karen Dineen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Interesting, Sad, but Fantastic!!!!
I am still reading this fantastic book, i am a royal fan and diana is a fav of mine, her tragic life always captures me and i feel this book is very sad, but its a fantastic read. Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Save your time and money. Not worth either
When I read about this book I thought it'd offer something new so I got it right away. While reading it I kept saying the next page will tell me something new. Read more
Published on 19 Oct 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all diana-fanatics who miss her so much.
This book was grest,so much detail!I highly recommend it,it would even interest non-Diana types.A great read,you can't put it down!oz
Published on 24 Aug 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars It was OK
The book is all right. It had so much detal-e.g. "Prince William had clearly outgrown another pair of pyjamas"-that you can't be sure if its real! Read more
Published on 9 July 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down.
I found it very interesting. I've read every book I can find on her and this one was the most informative. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars I was transfixed, but skeptical.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book. The author covers not only the actions of Diana and Dodi before their fateful night, but the actions of what... Read more
Published on 3 Jun 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time.
This book took me all of 30 minutes to read...actually, I should say skim. It was like reading an enlongated version of a "National Enquirer" article. Read more
Published on 31 May 1999
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