Monday, November 9, 2015

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

Title: Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch
Author: Sally Bedell Smith 
Pages: 828 pages
Release Date: February 1, 2012
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Genre: History; Biography
My Rating: 4/5

A New York Times Bestselling Author -- A major, revelatory, compulsively readable biography of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, published to coincide with the Queen's 60th year on the throne -- her Diamond Jubilee -- in 2012. The most prominent monarch of our time, Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne in 1952 at the age of twenty-five. Now Sally Bedell Smith offers a penetrating view of Elizabeth the leader, strategist, diplomat, daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother; as well as fresh insights into the Queen's professional and family relationships, especially with her husband of nearly 65 years, her four headline-grabbing children, and her grandchildren, William and Harry.

Princess Diana (and every other divorced spouse of Queen Elizabeth's children) was hated by the author. Diana was painted as an unstable, scheming, cheating manipulator. I only knew of her as the poor charitable mommy-princess who was cheated on by her weird husband very publicly, chastised by the royal family, and killed in a car accident. Maybe I just don't know the full story. Maybe she is all of the above. I'm not sure if this book is biased, but it damn sure seemed like it.

I was annoyed by the book continuously mentioning how hard the Queen continues to "work". "Working" like jet setting all over the world, shaking hands, attending grand openings, going on tours, dinner parties, brunch parties, garden parties, any party. Call it "engagements" or something. Anything. I refuse to acknowledge this as work. I. Refuse.

I love the Queen. She's a professional badass and a badass professional.

I listened to the audiobook, which I highly recommend. This is a long one, and the idea of sitting down and reading this lengthy biography scares me.

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