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“Tina’s book captures Diana with such raciness, charm and insight. The book is based on incredible research. One of Tina’s strengths is that she is a great British journalist, who has been living in America for many years. So she embodies that slightly bemused and admiring attitude of America towards the British monarchy. I think some Americans almost wish they had a monarchy—and, of course, they do. The American president gets selected by an arduous and ludicrously expensive and drawn-out electoral process. Then he—not yet she—is promptly turned into a monarch, complete with a First Family and all the trappings of empire. If you happen to be called Kennedy or Bush you are treated as part of a royal dynasty, and you are entitled to be considered for future succession.” Read more...
Robert Lacey, Biographer
“What she did was to come up with a compelling portrait that put Diana in a social milieu which was certainly accessible to Americans…..I think it is a nicely written, well-judged analysis that didn’t turn up much in the way of new material. I met her at Charles and Camilla’s wedding and she told me she was doing this book, and I said: good luck getting anything new. What she came up with was the portrait of someone who knows and understands the social scene in Britain and was able to explain it in a vivid way to an American audience.” Read more...
The best books on British Royalty
Andrew Morton, Biographer
A much acclaimed book. It was published 10 years after Diana’s death in 2007. It puts Diana’s life into the broader social context of the 1980s and 1990s, the period Tina Brown had chronicled in at the height of her stellar journalistic career. The book offers a sympathetic portrait of Diana.