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.
"NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER
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""
Elizabeth the Queen
Random House Publishing Group
The Life of a Modern Monarch