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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 weve known only from a distanceand 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 worlds 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 Queens daily routinesthe 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 pressas 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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Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch Reviews

  • 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
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  • 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. He ...more

  • 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
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  • 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 ...more

  • 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 ...more

  • Cherise Wolas

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

  • 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 ...more

  • 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...my history graduate professors would
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