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This review is from: Diana (Hardcover)
I have to admit, I was afraid to read this biography because I thought it was going to be very much "oh, poor Diana, thrown to the wolves", but to my surprise and delight, this biography is well researched, and I think very fair to both Diana and the people around her, and her relationships with them. Sarah Ferguson, Prince Charles, Diana's parents, etc., are all portrayed in shades of grey, not all black or all white, which is fair. Most importantly, the book shows the good and the bad sides of Diana, so it is a fair portrait of her, also. I especially like the fact that the author was able to emphasize something I've always felt, too: Diana was very much "alone", in the sense of never coming first with anyone (except, with her sons). And of course once she became world-famous, she never had a fighting chance. Her family or friends were either dazzled or dismayed by her, but she was irrevocably damaged by her childhood and she never quite understood (nor did anyone around her) how to resolve that.
I recommend this book with Sally Bedell Smith's (which is less sympathetic but equally good) as the only two books to date that best reveal the true Diana, all her good points and her flaws; why she was the way she was, and the tragedy that followed from that.