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Elizabeth the Queen: Inside the Life of a Modern Monarch


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ISBN13: 9781410445278
ISBN10: 1410445275
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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 presumptivewhen 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.

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Michele D, March 4, 2012 (view all comments by Michele D)
What an enjoyable read from start to finish! My Mum remembers a national holiday where schools and business closed to watch Princess Elizabeth become Queen. Ms Bedell Smith writes well and tells a story of a woman and monarch worth reading about. Her reign has not been without raised eyebrows from time to time but it is nothing compared to some of our public figures' lives! A refreshing story of integrity, love of her husband, family, her subjects, a deep faith in God, and study of grace.
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Smith, Sally Bedell
Thorndike Press
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8.5 x 5.5 in

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Biography » Royalty
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » England » General

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