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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fresh Approach
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-...
Published on 3 Mar 2012 by Zoonie

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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. The woman, and there must be one there, does not shine through. I am fascinated by 'royalty' but am no royalist. Unfortunately this book tells me why.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. A. A. R. Wheatcroft


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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good value, 3 Jan 2013
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I bought this for my mum for Christmas she is royal mad! Looks a good read and I'm sure she will enjoy it.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What I learned From Stalin, Hitler and Other Totalitarian Regimes, 31 May 2014
This review is from: Elizabeth the Queen: The Woman Behind the Throne (Kindle Edition)
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. Readers should also take a look at Sarah Bradford's equally worthy biography Elizabeth: A Biography of Her Majesty the Queen (Penguin Literary Biographies), Bradford's bio only takes us up to the events just before Diana's covenient death (for the Windsors) in 1997.

Bedell Smith's biography takes up all the events to the end of 2011, so is much more comprehensive. Of course, the 4 stars can really only really apply to someone who has been taken in by the Royal propganda, much like some of the Germans were taken in by the Nazis ralles and symbols, and many some of Russians were seduced by the Soviet propoganda machine. And let's not forget North Korea; those people must be stupid. Not like the British (and the rest of the Commonwealth); they have "freedom".

But, in fact, very few people were seduced by the symbols of the propoganda of the Nazis and Soviets; they simply went along with them out of fear. The "Royal Family" has learned from this, which is why books like these continue appeal to the masses. Now the slaves love their slave-owners and believe they are "free".

One really annoying thing from my paperback edition (which I bought second-hand) is that we get "Sally Bedell Smith" (the author) at the top of every left-hand page throughout the book, and "Elizabeth The Queen" (the title - do we have to reminded?)at the top every right. So if I want see which chapter I am in by just opening the book, I have to go to the front or find the beginning of the chapter! Very annoying! Much like the Royal Family!

Bedell Smith happily leaves out the fact that the Queen is head of a Satanic regime going back at least as far as Charles II, controls virtually all the world's drug-trafficking (see "Dope, Inc.") and happily allows her "security" services to occasionally murder her own subjects (and a few others) when the need arises, such as in "Gladio: NATO's Dagger at the Heart of Europe" by Richard Cottrell. Lastly, the bank in which she is a major shareholder (the Bank of England, set up by her Freemason ancestor Charles II), fleeces her subjects by billions every year.

What a true public servant!

A.M.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed, 23 Jan 2012
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R. Hw Pitney "hazron" (peterborough uk) - See all my reviews
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the content is great, but the front edges are rough .and feel as if they`ve been chopped. Not what I expected on a book at this price, and one I want to keep,
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1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title, 27 Aug 2012
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Charlie Daz (South of the River) - See all my reviews
I was intrigued by the idea that there is a woman behind the throne. What is she doing there, I wondered. I imagine that she has some kind of cleaning role. If Her Majesty, for example, accidentally dropped a used tissue, the woman behind the throne could pick it up quickly, thus avoiding any potential embarrassment. Contemplate, if you will, what might happen if some popular celebrity were being knighted, as seems to be the fashion nowadays, and he were to catch a glimpse of soiled tissues, biscuit crumbs or other royal detritus. The gutter press would have a field-day. Alas, my curiosity was not satisfied as, despite its title, this book never once reveals the identity of this mysterious woman behind the throne.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 24 Dec 2012
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Good story and well told. Sally Bedell Smith has a good grasp of the essentials and writes good English with well constructed sentences.
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