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Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch


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“An excellent, all-embracing new biography.”—The New York Times


From the moment of her ascension to the throne at age twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II has been the object of unparalleled admiration and 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 extraordinary detail the public and private lives of one of the world’s most fascinating and enigmatic women. In Elizabeth the Queen, we meet the young girl who suddenly becomes “heiress presumptive” when her uncle abdicates the throne. We see the young Queen struggling to balance the demands of her job with her role as the mother of two young children. And we gain insight into the Queen’s daily routines, 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.


Scrupulously researched and compulsively readable, Elizabeth the Queen is a close-up view of the lively, brilliant, and steadfast woman we’ve known only from a distance, and a captivating window into life at the center of the last great monarchy.




“[An] imposing, yet nimbly written, biography [that] dwarfs the field . . . a most satisfying and enjoyable read, one to be savored at length.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

About the Author

Sally Bedell Smith is the author of  bestselling biographies of William S. Paley; Pamela Harriman; Diana, Princess of Wales; John and Jacqueline Kennedy; and Bill and Hillary Clinton. A contributing editor at Vanity Fair since 1996, she previously worked at Time and The New York Times, where she was a cultural news reporter. She is the mother of three children and lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Stephen G. Smith.

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Oleofox, November 25, 2012 (view all comments by Oleofox)
One of the best biographies I have ever read. I have always been interested in Queen Elizabeth II (despite my being a proud American) and this book totally gave me new insight and admiration for her. The author did a stupendous job in relating the Queen's life. Not once was the depiction boring or confusing which sometimes happens (at least in my experience) with biographies written about public rulers. I wasn't alive during a good portion of the Queen's reign when serious world events took place and when she faced huge problems. So until this book I never really grasped how much she has accomplished. Overall I must say that now knowing what I know from this makes me admire Her Royal Majesty so much more. Long live the queen!
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