Elizabeth II is within a few years of becoming the longest-reigning British monarch. A personally quiet, modest and dutiful person, she is far better-informed about the lives of her subjects than they often realize. She has known every Prime Minister since Winston Churchill and every American President since Eisenhower. Yet what of the woman behind the crown?
The book seeks to take a new look at this exhaustively-documented life and show how Queen Elizabeth became the person she is. Who, and what, have been the greatest influences upon her? What are her likes and dislikes? What are her hobbies? Who are her friends? What does she feel about the demands of duty and protocol? Is she really enjoying herself when she smiles during official events? How differently does she behave when out of the public eye? Examining the places in which she grew up or has lived, the training she received and her attitudes to significant events in national life, it presents a fresh view of one of recent history's most important figures.
©2013 Michael Paterson (P)2013 Audible Ltd
I'm a casual to semi-avid audiobook listener mainly of the biography/memoir category. Some have been great, some awful but all educational.
This is an engrossing narrative on the private life of one of our time's greatest women and one who in my opinion deserves a great amount of respect. The author uses well known facts about Queen Elizabeth II to ascertain her majesty's private moments while at the same time maintaining the mysterious dignity exuded by her while in public. I found it extremely well written and well narrated. I highly recommend this book to anyone who watches this phenomenal monarch perform her tireless service to Great Britain, The Commonwealth of Nations, and the world in general.
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