The Diana Chronicles
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
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
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
It's one view but ...more
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 book was well written and I'm sure could have been 3 times as long but it gives a great overview of events. I did find myself googling often to supplement my knowledge or make connections to names ...more
I knew little about the particulars of Princess Di’s life: she loved her children very much, went through a painful divorce, was hounded by the media, had been involved with many charitable causes, and died in a horrible car crash.
Tina Brown gives us a detailed portrait of Diana’s difficult life. She did a prodigious amount of researc ...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
Surprisingly, I had only a little idea of who Diana Spencer was. I was old enough to know what was happening in the world when she died. But I didn’t. Between my own determined dweeb activities, reading The Three M ...more
Well, it turned out to be a guilty pleasure, yes, but more pleasurable than I expected and less guilty. Sure, it's a bit voyeuristic, but it's also well-written, well-researched, sympathetic, human, and sometimes just really funny. When Charles attended a Live Aid concert in a blue suit an ...more
I am totally ent ...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