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Diana: 1961-1997 Her True Story (Completely Rev)

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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Simon & Schuster Books (first published 1992)
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Sarah
I've always been interested in Princess Diana but at the height of her publicity, I was still too young to have any other impression of her than those of fairy tales, a handsome prince and his princess. Then she died and the hype and mystery surrounding her death also kept me captivated for a while. I didn't think to read anything about her until a friend mentioned recently that he wanted to (thanks Mostafa). I figured now, as an adult, was a good time to read her story, understand the facts, an ...more
Lindsay
I'm one of those people that was, and continues to be, fascinated by Diana. This book was an interesting one bc it was written before her death and even before her divorce was finalized! I enjoyed getting to (supposedly) get a look into her everyday life from childhood to acting as Princess. We will never know everything about this enchanting woman, but it won't stop us from trying. I would really like to find another biography about Diana that is up-to-date and regarded as at least somewhat rel ...more
Sydney
What a sad book. I grew up with Diana as the "People's Princess." I remember my mom waking my sister and I up so early those many years ago to watch the royal wedding. Like so many in the world, I watched Diana through the years with fascination and admiration. I wept when her life was cut tragically short just as it seemed she had found happiness in so many areas of her life.

This is the updated edition that came out after her death. Morton adds context to how he gathered the information for her
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Jared Anderson
Firstly, I realize that this is a one-sided story. There is going to be a bias. While the author did try to lay blame on Diana when it was due at times, it really was a sharp criticism of the Prince of Wales.

I'm a monarchy buff, so I love this stuff. Having read the Queen's biography by Sally Bedell Smith, it was interesting seeing information from both sides. This account sheds light on how the Queen did see Diana as a threat to the royal family not power-wise but systematically. She broke som
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Zoe Zugovitz
I read this book because my english teacher bought it for me because I am interested in biographies. I read Diana Her True Story - In Her Own Words by Andrew Morton. This whole book is about Princess Diana, Princess of Wales. I really liked the book, but in the title it said her her own words and basically none of it was in her own words. Only pages 23-69 were actually her own words, there was a total of 288 pages.

The book was about her whole life: it didn’t have that much of her childhood, but
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Jennie
I have to say, I was surprised by how engrossed I became in this book. I picked it up not expecting to learn much about her that I hadn't already seen in a million TV specials, but through Diana's cooperation Morton was able to create a very complete picture of her life. Her journey from rebellious girl to carefree young woman to frightened & lonely royal wife to the strong, independent woman she became in the 90s was inspiring. Being married and thrust into her princess role at such a young ...more
Tamara
"Every family has a secret and the secret is it is not like any other family." - Alan Bennett, pg. 146

This book was supremely engaging; I found that I could not, quite literally, put it down. In the two days it took for me to finish it, I read it at the gym (deliberately choosing the stationary bike rather than my usual treadmill), in the bathroom while brushing my teeth, at the breakfast table, and even during a hockey game. I stayed up late both nights just to read another chapter, because I w
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Mandi Bryan
I never really liked non-fiction books but this book was a game changer for me. I liked it so much because the author told Princess Diana's story to let people know what was really wrong with her. I think the author wanted people to know why she was the way she was. The book taught me that I should never look at someone a certain way without walking in their shoes or considering what life is like for them. The author wrote the book in third person and I wished it could have been from Princess Di ...more
Shaun Attwood
A harrowing read, which opened my eyes to the suffering Diana went through, including Charles cheating on her with Camilla even before he married Diana. Really exposes the sinister behaviour of the Royal Family.
Linda
Blah! This book leaves the reader wondering who was more at fault for the Windsor's marriage failure. From what this author writes, it had nothing to do with Diana's immaturity, bulimia, half-hearted suicide attempts, intellectual capacity (or lack thereof), or her extra-marital affairs. The whole fault lay with Charles and his philandering with Camilla. Isn't it always the guy's fault? :)

The bottom line is that if a person is not born into the public spotlight, it's a tough lifestyle to adapt
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Lauren
I'm not sure what it is about the House of Windsor but those royals make me cry every time. Perhaps it is the drama that hooks me; Diana's self-description on her wedding day as "a lamb to the slaughter". Poor Di. All I know is that the Princess was a born tragedy, her life over and out of her hands before she could say tea and crumpets. She is, and will forever be the most famous, widely recognized person in the world. That says a little about her life and even more about her death. I too miss ...more
Lisa
I've always thought that Princess Diana was a rather fascinating person. I was too young to remember her seemingly fairy-tale wedding to Prince Charles, and vaguely recall seeing tabloid stories of her troubled marriage in the 1990s. And then she died in such a tragic way, seemingly hunted by the paparazzi to the end! Diana never lived to write an autobiography of her own, but she cooperated with Andrew Morton in 1992 to write this book. In this edition, Morton included transcripts of her record ...more
Cyna Bosworth
I mostly read it because of my fascination with how the Queen and her family/"the Firm" is presented in the media today, what with the adulation of William and Kate and Charles and Camilla looking cosy together, it's almost as if none of this ever happened. I was curious to hear "her story" and not just what I remembered from media coverage back in the day.

The transcripted portion in the beginning was interesting but as some of it was worked into the narrative later in the book, it felt a little
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Lady
The book is engaging, even exciting, because of Morton's journalistic expose style of writing; but I can't help but feel that this was a propaganda piece in favour of Diana, and so while there may be some truth in parts of it, there are many accounts to the contrary regarding some of the things Diana claimed happened both before and during her tenure as Princess of Wales. (See Tina Brown's The Diana Chronicles for a less syrupy portrayal of Diana, or even Diana: Closely Guarded Secret, written b ...more
Lauren
I will probably finish this someday. I had about 50 pages left. I just don't have the time and full commitment of interest to read it. Diana's life is very interesting and sad. I've never heard the whole story. I've just heard that she was a not known girl who suddenly became Princess of Whales and captured the attention of the world much to her husband's annoyance and that she had died while running from paparazzi. I did not know of her husband's dealing with Parker-Bowles and I didn't know tha ...more
Redfox5
This book was up and down for me. I'm not keen on the way Morton tells her story and I had in my head the whole time that Diana regretted this book. I was first annoyed when Morton trys to portray Diana as someone who had a normal down to Earth upbringing. Saying that when she has to stay with her mum she had to live in normal house but on the next page talking about Dianas ponys. Yes, Andrew. Very normal. The other I just can't understand is just how naive she was. How did she not expect life t ...more
Lauren
This is the enhanced edition of the original Diana: Her True Story, published in 1992 as a “quasi-authorized biography.” After her death, Morton let the public know that not only was Diana his main source for the book, but also played an important role in editing and correcting original drafts. Diana chose to remain anonymous in fear of the Royal Family’s retaliation, but it was very important to her that her story was told. Part of what makes this so interesting is that the information came str ...more
Someoneyouknow
I think that a better title for this book would be “The Tribulations of Princess Diana”. It is a bleak and depressing book, yet I couldn’t stop reading it. Also, I should mention that I read a 1993 edition of this book which was published before Diana divorced Charles. It was certainly a bit strange reading about a dead person as if she were alive.
Of course, the book was informative and held my interest constantly, there were even funny/feel-good scenes in it, but the main reason why I can’t rat
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Joshua Wilson
I really enjoyed reading this book during a particularly trying time in my life over the past few weeks. I related a lot to the central themes here including: isolations, low confidence in ones self, charming manner and social aptitude while harboring self doubt and the plight of disordered eating patterns. Perhaps what is most unbelievable is that Charles was wrecked by his jealousy of his wife and her rapport with the public, the media and just about anyone she met. He gave up an opportunity f ...more
Megan
I’ve had this book for almost a year but couldn’t get through it. Here is why: this edition was published after Diana’s death so the transcripts from the interviews Morton conducted are included in the front of the book. After reading her words, I didn’t care to read the rest of the book. But I made myself do it.


If you know about Di, you probably know almost everything in here. It covers her life from her childhood to her death (the book was originally published in 1992 so if you have one of tho
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Shahrun
Princess Diana is the same age as my mum - they even met! (I am the same age as Prince William.) So she was always a presence in the world I grew up in, and my memory of her was as a humanitarian who worked tirelessly for the underdog. But do remember her being relentlessly hounded by the media too.

If the bulk of the claims in this book are true, she had a pretty awful life. The true tragedy appears that just as she was finally so happy (you can see it in the photographs of her just before the
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Maria
While Andrew Morton claims that everything in this book is factual, and is proven by photos of Diana's handwritten notes to him, it is still not something you could fully trust. Yes, I know, authors who write a biography of Diana cite their sources to Morton, but remember that Diana herself wrote these notes. In case it didn't dawn on you yet, there are information she didn't want to share, and information in which she changed the story in order to make you believe that it was the truth. I actua ...more
June Louise
"Her adult life ended as it began, in the brazen, staccato embrace of the camera flash"

There are certain events that happen in life where you can remember exactly what you were doing when you heard about them. The death of Diana, is one of those.

Being the Diamond Jubilee year of our current Sovereign, I am reading books on history of the monarchy; and although the Sovereigns I have read up on until now were powerful, strong, effective leaders, it seemed appropriate that the tragic tale of the
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Danica
A good book, but quite heartbreaking. The reader is left with the impression that Diana never quite reached full maturity due to childhood abandonment. This, combined with the cold, maltreatment at the hands of the establishment/monarchy, compounds the isolation she feels. From time to time the American in me wants Diana to get tough and tell them all to go to hell, but the reality appears to be that the royal family is more KGB than one would expect.

The most troubling thing about the book is t
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Aleksandra Zaborowska
I was always fascinated by the history of Diana and other unhappy women, married into royal families. I've read a few works about Marie Antoinette, Boleyn sisters and Empress Sissi for the same reason.

I was pretty surprised how quickly I've got to the last page of this book. Exteremely interesting, even if for some, is overflowed with Diana's misery histories and self-pity. Maybe that's true. But I was treating it more like her way to throw everything out of herself, for the first time since she
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Marvin
Diana:Her True Story reads like a tabloid magazine. Prolix and overflowing with details about location, first, middle, and last names, the author betrays his eager quest for validation. The book would have been much less tedious if he'd left those details to the reference section. Andrew Morton's portrayal of Prince Charles - with his numerous relationships and "confession" of easily falling in love - and the aristocracy makes the storied high born society of Britain seem vain and vacuous. The t ...more
Sharon
This second edition with the excerpts of her tapes is enlightening. She was a very unhappy and badly used individual. Probably a cautionary tale that should not be forgotten and maybe read every decade or so by a new generation so it could not happen again. She forced the monarchy into a new direction that they badly needed to go in. It was a shame she did not have more time for happiness. It is timely that we are expecting a new Royal, Kate and Williams baby soon. A good time to read William's ...more
HeavyReader
This book is another one picked up at a thrift store in desperation.

I didn't know much about Diana before reading this book. I remember when she married the Prince. That wedding was a big deal. I remember when she was pregnant with her first kid-also a big deal. And of course I remember when she died in 1997. I had just come home from the second Sister Subverter and was sitting around in Abe's backyard with several woman who had landed in New Orleans after the gathering. Someone casually mention
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Erika Fellars
I always had a fascination with Princess Di when I was a young girl, and so I was excited to read this book! It was very interesting and well-written (although some English references were hard for me to figure out) and is such a tragic story, because we all know how it all ends. This book is written in 1992 and she died in 1997. She really had such a horrible marriage, and Prince Charles is a jerk. The one thing that stood out to me in this book is what a sense of self that Diana had even as a ...more
Elizabeth
I didn't read this book when it was first written as I wasn't all that interested. The wedding of William and Catherine prompted me to find out more about Williams mother. I was very surprised to find out how unstable she actually was, how little care and advice she was given, and the extent of Charles relationship with Camilla. HOWEVER, it does state that she was quite a liar in her youth, and I have no doubt some of the events have been exaggerated. However, she was clearly in an arranged marr ...more
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Andrew David Morton (born 1953) is one of the world's best-known biographers and a leading authority on modern celebrity. His groundbreaking biography Diana: Her True Story was a #1 New York Times bestseller, as was Monica's Story, an authorized biography of Monica Lewinsky, and Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography. The winner of numerous awards, including Author of the Year, his other New York T ...more
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