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Publisher's Summary

History for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the life and reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in just one hour.

Elizabeth II is the longest lived and, after Queen Victoria, second longest reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. From her coronation in 1953 to her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, Queen Elizabeth II has stood on the world stage as the figurehead for Britain.

The Queen: History in an Hour tells the story of the Queen Elizabeth II’s life and long reign, her royal duties, service during the Second World War, public perception, and the transformation of the British Empire into the Commonwealth of Nations under her rule. In the Diamond Jubilee year, this is essential listening for Royalists and Republicans alike.

Love your history? Find out about the world with History in an Hour….

©2012 Sinead Fitzgibbon (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"If the past is a foreign country, History in an Hour is like a high-class tour operator, offering delightfully enjoyable short breaks in the rich and diverse continent of our shared past." (Dominic Sandbrook)
"The practice of History is ever-evolving, and the History In An Hour idea brings it back up to date for the digital age." (Andrew Roberts, Bookseller)
"This is genius." (MacWorld.com)

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good quick overview

interesting information that covers the essential surface details of Queen Elibethe II's reign. A good structure to proceed a more detailed biography.

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Good To Read About The Queen & How She Came To Be

I learned a lot (probably more than I had bargained for) about the history and lineage of Great Britain’s Royal Family. I was amazed to learn about the family tree which traces back hundreds of years to the Russian Czars and German Royalty and also to the many indiscretions throughout the years involving just about everyone.

Good reading and with the ‘Ol Queen getting up there in age now, it’s good to be able to read about a lot of the historical events that she has personally witnessed.

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Surprisingly interesting

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend it to anyone who wants a brief over view of the Queen's life story.