The Diana Chronicles
Tina Brown knew Diana personally, knows her world, understands its players, and has far-reaching insight into the royals and th...more
Brown's work starts out with such promise. She offers an insightful look at not only the development of Diana from small, shy child to media mogul, but also the changing face of the British press and media from the late 60s onwards. This well-written discussion lasts for the first 200 pages or so. Once Diana and Charles say "I Do", it's back to business as usual as Brown rehashes the same old cover stories, photo ops, and leaked phone recordings. She almost pulls it back together at the...more
The book was okay. It's a pretty thorough examination of the Diana phenomenon, and it's well enough written for something of this sort, but in the end, it's just glorified celebrity gossip. The book tries hard to make us see that how the British feel about the monarchy is an important. I guess it is...to the British...more
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My fascination with Diana stemmed from childhood- there was a paper doll set involved, as well as the word "princess." I recall hearing about her divorce from Charles. I was sad when she died. But I didn't really know anything about her. Now I do.
Most interesting, I thought, were the chapters on her backgroun...more
By the end I was thoroughly sick of Diana and Charles, neither of whom had/has a bit of sense. They both seemed smart enough, in different ways, but totally spoiled and not a bit strategic. I get the sense Brown was tired of them as well, a...more
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I read this on my brother's recommendation. While it was informative and explained a lot, i'M still trying to figure out why the rules are so different for those of us who work for our money and those who play for theirs and live their lives "abroad." I'm not talking royal protocol here. I'm talking values, ethics, authenticity, love, family, etc. And not just the rules, but how they play the...more
There are few who could delve as successfully into Princess Di's life as the celebrated Tina Brown, who combines her journalistic savvy with the gossip only an insider could know. While she stresses Diana's role in changing the relationship between the press and the House of Windsor, Brown offers plenty of juicy details, "varying from credible to melodramatic to weirdly sitcomlike" (New York Times)
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This is a book memoralizing dianna ten years after her death. Tina tells the story of Dianna and Charles meeting, of the things that led up to the decision that she was “right” for the Prince of Wales, her very hard road living in the palace both before and after her marriage, the constant interference of Camilla Parker Bowles keeping an affair alive with the Prince of Wale...more
Tina Brown is quite a gifted writer and, in that wonderful British way that I envy greatly, employs the perfect adjectives to express her thoughts. Ms. Brown interviewed more than 250 friends, family members, employees, etc. of Diana's, and perhaps since almost ten years had pa...more
I picked this book up used because I haven't read any of these Princess Diana books and I was curious. It was worth the read because I actually had not read much about Princess Diana. At the time of her death, I was a little repelled by people crying in front of TV cameras over someone they didn't even know, like they did. I found it strange and I still do. Nevertheless I was curious about some things, so I picked up the book.
The book was exhaustive, even a little repetitive, but I got what I wa...more
I am totally ent...more