Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch

Elizabeth the Queen The Life of a Modern Monarch NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Perfect for fans of The Crown this magisterial biography of Queen Elizabeth II is a close up view of the woman we ve known only from a distance and a captivating window into

  • Title: Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch
  • Author: Sally Bedell Smith
  • ISBN: 9781400067893
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Perfect for fans of The Crown, this magisterial biography of Queen Elizabeth II is a close up view of the woman we ve known only from a distance and a captivating window into the last great monarchy.From the moment of her ascension to the throne in 1952 at the age of twenty five, Queen Elizabeth II has been the object of unparalleled scrutiny BNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Perfect for fans of The Crown, this magisterial biography of Queen Elizabeth II is a close up view of the woman we ve known only from a distance and a captivating window into the last great monarchy.From the moment of her ascension to the throne in 1952 at the age of twenty five, Queen Elizabeth II has been the object of unparalleled scrutiny But through the fog of glamour and gossip, how well do we really know the world s most famous monarch Drawing on numerous interviews and never before revealed documents, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in intimate detail the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II, who has led her country and Commonwealth through the wars and upheavals of the last sixty years with unparalleled composure, intelligence, and grace In Elizabeth the Queen, we meet the young girl who suddenly becomes heiress presumptive when her uncle abdicates the throne We meet the thirteen year old Lilibet as she falls in love with a young navy cadet named Philip and becomes determined to marry him, even though her parents prefer wealthier English aristocrats We see the teenage Lilibet repairing army trucks during World War II and standing with Winston Churchill on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on V E Day We see the young Queen struggling to balance the demands of her job with her role as the mother of two young children Sally Bedell Smith brings us inside the palace doors and into the Queen s daily routines the red boxes of documents she reviews each day, the weekly meetings she has had with twelve prime ministers, her physically demanding tours abroad, and the constant scrutiny of the press as well as her personal relationships with Prince Philip, her husband of sixty four years and the love of her life her children and their often disastrous marriages her grandchildren and friends.

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    1. Julie

      Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith is a 2012 Random House publication. Well written, very interesting, and detailed accounting Queen Elizabeth’s life- I will be completely honest – I’m not really a ‘royal watcher’. Before Diana married Price Charles and the media circus surrounding the wedding, I couldn’t have cared less about the royal family. I never gave Queen Elizabeth a second thought. But, like many other American girls my age, Diana capture [...]

    2. Carol

      The Hook - I rarely write a hook for non-fiction but in the case of Elizabeth The Queen I felt the urge to tell you how this title made my list.I’ve never been a royal watcher or much of a royal fan, until I had my DNA tested. I went through my whole life thinking I was pretty much Italian. Imagine my shock when my test showed I was only 47% Italian with a smattering of other regions including 11% Great Britain. I realize 11% is not a great deal and though I knew there was a chance I had some [...]

    3. Diane

      This is a marvelously entertaining biography about Queen Elizabeth II. Sally Bedell Smith's book covers the queen's life from her childhood up to the wedding of Kate & William in 2011. I especially enjoyed the stories that were similar to scenes from the show "The Crown." After finishing the book I have more admiration for Elizabeth's dignified leadership and a better appreciation of the role that she plays. Recommended for readers interested in learning more about the royal family.Personal [...]

    4. MichelleCH

      Just awful, if an author is going to propose a biography of a well known figure, at least have the courage to acknowledge a bias or predisposition to a certain viewpoint. This so-called biography is laughable. Yes she had access to "never before seen documents", but shouldn't we have heard some of this before? Somehow the author knows what Princess Diana's children and Tony Blair were thinking and their thoughts always paint Diana in the worst light possible. Really! Very National Enquirer-like. [...]

    5. Wanda

      A very detailed biography that gives one the feeling that the author cobbled together multiple People magazine articles. The treatment of the queen is sycophantic and the historical contextualization is superficial. Prince Charles comes off as a misguided but lovable dweeb; while Diana is villified. Even Camilla comes off as wonderful. I am not saying that Diana did not have problems and was not a manipulative person, but everyone comes off as well meaning in this book but her. The author's trea [...]

    6. Bettie☯

      Description: From the moment of her ascension to the throne in 1952 at the age of twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II has been the object of unparalleled scrutiny. But through the fog of glamour and gossip, how well do we really know the world’s most famous monarch? Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in intimate detail the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II, who has led her country a [...]

    7. Lesa Parnham

      Parts were fascinating, parts were boring (one Prime Minister after another), I have read enough about the royal family to have doubts about how much of this is true. Quite possibly the author didn't want to make the queen angry. What happened to the c/c bracelet that Charles had for Camilla right before he was married to Diana? It is a proven fact that Charles carried on a relationship with Camilla throughout the marriage, Smith skipped over the part where while being interviewed on tv said he [...]

    8. E

      Elizabeth The Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith is an in depth look at the life of, perhaps, the most well-known woman in the world. This is a biography of both a woman and a Queen who has reigned for sixty years.  From the first page it becomes obvious that this a well-researched work filled with anecdotes that provide an opportunity to understand how she has managed to be a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother and grandmother as well as a monarch.The abdication of Kin [...]

    9. Lynda

      I am an unashamed royalist and anglophile. I have read quite a few histories and biographies of twentieth century English history. If I had not done so much reading, I probably would have enjoyed this book more.This is a superficial handling of the subject. It is a popular biography. It is also biased. I would not recommend this book to anyone seriously interested in anything other than entertainment.

    10. Dianne

      Queen Elizabeth II is someone I've admired all my life. She was crowned in the second year of my life, so she has been my Queen for 60 years. I can't imagine having any other monarch, though I probably will have to get used to a change if I survive another decade. It's a change I don't look forward to.There have been many, many books and television shows about Queen Elizabeth, including the popular movie, which I loved, "The Queen", with Helen Mirren in 2006. They all have their own slant (there [...]

    11. Sarah

      Books about royalty, British royalty in particular, are my secret passion. Victoria's Daughters, Tina Brown's biography of Diana.I hung on every word. Nothing better than good gossipy history. So I picked up the hefty 537 page autobiography of QE II with some excitement. I enjoyed reading it, but was franklya little boring.The author interviewed many people with numerous anecdotes, all of which portrayed the Queen as smart, admirably devoted and loving at all times, but there was no analysis and [...]

    12. Leslie

      This is a book that is unapologetically PRO-Queen, or royalist, monarchist or as Dame Helen Mirren said "Queenist". This is also a fairly long book that is best read in small bits. The author does a great job of juxtaposing what is going on in England, the UK and the world with the details of Elizabeth II's reign. We get to meet her Prime Ministers, her advisors, her friends. We learn about her hobbies; horses and horse racing, and horse breeding. Her family, her family dysfunction and more. If [...]

    13. Jamie Collins

      I received a free Advance Reader's Edition of this book. I found it a very readable biography, and quite absorbing, particularly in the first half. I've read other books about George VI and Elizabeth II, so I already knew much of the information presented about the Queen's early life. A good bit of the material about the middle part of her life was new to me, and quite interesting. Some of the later stuff felt ripped from the headlines: Diana, Fergie, William & Kate, etc.The author doesn't h [...]

    14. Aposprout

      I really, REALLY enjoyed this book! I was lucky enough to get an advanced reader copy. I found myself unable to put it down. It was a very easy read and you come away with a real sense of who the Queen is. Not an easy feat, I'm sure. You see both her public and hints of her private persona, along with her strengths and weaknesses. There is a lot to admire about her.Smith also does a great job writing for an American audience, who might not be as knowledgable about some of the inner workings of t [...]

    15. Gwen

      A highly readable account of Elizabeth II's life from birth to Golden Jubilee. As a reader not fully versed in British politics, the bits about the various prime ministers went over my head (I think I need to find "British Political History for Dummies" or something similar.), but what Smith was able to write about Elizabeth's personal life was fascinating.From what I could ascertain (not doing any further research into Smith's background, philosophies, etc history graduate professors would be s [...]

    16. Karis North

      If you're looking for a balanced and even handed review of Elizabeth II's reign, this book isn't it. It was so blatantly pro-monarchy, and so blindly partisan towards the Queen that even I found it too much to bear. And how the author dealt with Diana (and all the royal brides, frankly) was awful. A large investment of time and not near enough return.

    17. Cherise Wolas

      Watching The Crown on Netflix compelled me to read more about Queen Elizabeth II. An informative and intriguing read.

    18. Caidyn (BW Book Reviews; he/him/his)

      Before I went into reading (well, listening) to this book, I was convinced that Queen Elizabeth's husband had died. I knew that she inherited from her father, that she married some man and had at four kids, and all that. But, I didn't know what happened to him. Was it like she was some queen bee? Did he die after giving her all he needed? Or, was it an arranged marriage and he was hella old so she got off free after all? Apparently he's still living and they're a very happy couple.That gives you [...]

    19. Sylvie

      Good long summary of life events but nothing else than the Queen is perfect and keeps perfect neutrality. The author is obviously biased as there is no mention of any dissension. For example the Queen visit to Canada in 1964 is mentioned as absolutely perfect with adoring crowds and no mention is made of the booing and the people turning their back on her motorcade when she was visiting Quebec City, along with the protests against her visit. Naw, all was perfect in front of adoring crowds as per [...]

    20. Simon

      I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't this. The Life of a Modern Monarch is incredibly boring, if you go by this book. Score another victory for Elizabeth Windsor. No one ever seems to get under her skin and reveal what makes her tick. There may be two reasons for this. The first is that she is really adept a concealing what is going on underneath, and the second is that there isn't a whole lot going on. She comes across as a moderately intelligent snob for most of her life (Smith can [...]

    21. Julia Reed

      I have a not so secret passion for monarchies, so when I read the excerpt of Elizabeth the Queen in Vanity Fair, I knew that it was time to indulge. Even less ardent monarchists than myself will find a lot to love in this well-researched, entertaining, and even somewhat loving chronicle of England's longest serving monarch. From her sheltered childhood and unexpectedly early ascent to the throne (when Elizabeth became The Queen she was literally in a treetop in Kenya), to the marriages and divor [...]

    22. Nancy

      This is a well put together biography. I noticed some reviews said it was nothing that could not have been pieced together from the news media but I do not believe that. It is not the indepth tell all that some people have been known to write. But you do get a more personal look at the way the British Monarchy works, a solid overview of Queen Elizabeth II's life. There is barely anything on her childhood but that is because this is more about the Monarch than the woman. It really starts with lea [...]

    23. Everyday eBook

      Elizabeth the Queen, by New York Times bestselling author Sally Bedell Smith, is an exquisite biography that illuminates the life of the world’s most famous monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, Bedell Smith shows in intimate detail the public and private lives of this fascinating woman, who has led her country and Commonwealth through the wars and upheavals of the last sixty years with unparalleled composure, intelligence, and grace. [...]

    24. Matt

      A sensational book that takes an in-depth look at the life of the British Monarch that has spanned 60 years. Smith uses extensive interviews, press clippings, and numerous background books to illustrate the multi-faceted nature of Elizabeth II's life and the numerous events that helped shape her life, both before she ascended to the throne and during her (ongoing) historic reign. While dealing with many subjects, the book is neither too shallow in its description, nor too weighed to give a prope [...]

    25. Susan (aka Just My Op)

      I admittedly knew very little about Queen Elizabeth II before I read this biography but what little I knew made me want to know more. This book has satisfied that want in a very entertaining and engaging way. This isn't one of those nasty tell-all biographies where readers doubt that truth of some of the revelations. Instead, it is a well-written and well-researched biography that shows the Queen in a mostly favorable light but is not afraid to gloss over any shortcomings. The photographs on the [...]

    26. Wendy

      This book is an interesting biography of Queen Elizabeth. Because we have seen so little of her personality in public I found it fascinating to learn about what she is really like. I think the first half of the book is much stronger than the second half. Her childhood and early years as a monarch are well covered and the author appears to have good sources who were within the inner circle. It seems that the author didn't have equally good sources for the most recent years. A lot of the modern da [...]

    27. Margaret Sullivan

      This book clearly had an agenda. In a good mood, I might call it a hagiography; when the snark is upon me, I would call it a whitewash. Now, I like the Queen, very much. I admit I never thought of her much until I saw the series "Monarchy" on PBS, which I enjoyed. I felt Her Majesty's sense of duty and that she works very hard. I feel like this book was trying to do the same thing, but in a misguided sort of way. The author was working hard to present the Queen as a champion of the "little peopl [...]

    28. Susan Santos

      I have never given a book that I've finished a one-star rating. I finished the book because I'm the stubborn type, but wanted to give the author the benefit of a doubt and hope that eventually there would be some even-handedness to what is supposed to be a biography. That never happened. In a nutshell-- Elizabeth II--which is how she is referred to a million times in this book as if we might forget WHICH Elizabeth--is perfect and anything bad that has happened during her reign is all Diana's fau [...]

    29. Dixie Swanson

      I found this book to be fairly similar to the previous biography. Elizabeth However, this is a most unusual woman. She deserves more than one biography! Incredibly wealthy, she's frugal. Trained for a rather boring job, she has done it without a misstep for going on sixty years. Once, when asked to define herself, she said she was a "working mother." Known among her friends as someone who has a quick wit and a ready laugh, she looks dour to the world. At eighty-five, she's still working full-tim [...]

    30. Carrie

      This is a lengthy account of Queen Elizabeth's life to date but completely worth the effort to read it (book is 650 pages with about 550 pages of actual text and photos plus 100 pages of references and indexes). I thought I was moderately informed about the monarchy in England. I'm a bit of an Anglophile, I cried when I found out Diana died, and I wished I had studied abroad in Edinburgh to have befriended the future king. Reading this book showed me how little I understood about the role of the [...]

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