Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith

Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch: The Life of a Modern Monarch

bySally Bedell Smith

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In this magisterial new biography, New York Times bestselling author Sally Bedell Smith brings to life one of the world’s most fascinating and enigmatic women: Queen Elizabeth II.

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 Lilibetas 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.
Compulsively readable and scrupulously researched, Elizabeth the Queen is a close-up view of a woman we’ve known only from a distance, illuminating the lively personality, sense of humor, and canny intelligence with which she meets the most demanding work and family obligations. It is also a fascinating window into life at the center of the last great monarchy.

Sally Bedell Smith is a historian and bestselling author of biographies of William S. Paley, Pamela Harriman, Diana Princess of Wales, John and Jacqueline Kennedy, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Queen Elizabeth II. Smith is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. She has worked at Time and The New York Times, where she was a cultural news ...
Title:Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch: The Life of a Modern MonarchFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0679643931

ISBN - 13:9780679643937

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well researched An interesting book. I have read many books about the Queen and her family but still learned quite a few facts from this book. I definitely recommend this book.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating insight! This books gives fascinating insight on the Queen. I initially bought this as a gift to my grandmother when it was first published, and recently borrowed it from her to read. Glad I did
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not usually one for biographies... Normally I'm not big on biographies on our monarchs but after watching The Crown I was intrigued to learn more about the Queen as she seems to live a fairly private life for a monarch. I found this book to be both informative and engaging as a reader #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Book Lots of items that we never knew about the Queen. Also learned losts of interesting items about Prince Phillip.
Date published: 2013-02-04