Diana: Story of a Princess
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Diana: Story of a Princess

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Based on the groundbreaking ITV/The Learning Channel documentary series, and drawn from years of research and dozens of interviews with friends and associates speaking on the record for the first time, Diana contains never-before-revealed information and stunning insights about the beloved -- and largely misunderstood -- Princess of Wales.
From claims that Diana was ready...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 19th 2003 by Atria Books (first published 2001)
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This is the latest title I've read in the ever-growing list of Diana biographies. This account initially starts out as a rebuttal of the Diana-was-crazy theme, an approach that was later sketched out quite persuasively by Sally Bedell Smith's book. The authors tend to downplay Diana's bulemia, and claim that her tumble-down-the-stairs incident during her first pregnancy was just a slight slip down three stairs, not a full-fledged suicide attempt. I think they do succeed in showing Diana in the f...more
I felt this was a pretty balanced look at Diana's life. Of course I had always seen her on the tabloids and knew of her beauty and good works, but this was an interesting side I had never known. I also didn't realize how brutal the Brit tabloids are. Very interesting history of her and Chrales from the get-go. So many events, people, and incidents seemed to collide to ruin what could have been a real fairy-tale. Let us hope that the world treats Kate Middleton with much more kindness!
Julianne Buterbaugh
Diana: Story of a Princess was very insightful. Surprisingly, it wasn't biased toward her or toward the royal family; it was simply informational. I learned so much from this book and through Diana's experience with eating disorders, the media (very heavily, the media), and the grey areas of love. I saw from someone else's eyes how much the media effects us every single day. Not only did I learn so much about the life of Diana Spencer, but I also learned about British culture and the monarchy. M...more
John Yelverton
Typical story that fed on the madness following her death.
 Barb Bailey

Thought this woman had class! But after reading this book have mixed feelings about how she handled her personal life. Unfortunately she had personal problems which were not helped by marring Charles.To her credit, she was a devoted Mother and loved children.Her public life ....she devoted to helping the underprivlidged. I think Charles is a poor excuse for a royal........a person who behaves badly and gets away with it because he has power and money.

Diana contains information and insight...more
While I wasn't overall very impressed with the cut-and-paste feel of this book, I have come away from it with a deeper respect for Prince Charles, who while he wasn't always very good to her in life, seems to have tried his hardest to do the very best he could for her in death.
Zeana Romanovna
Diana: Story of a Princess was very intriguing to read. I have read other books about Diana and all of them seemed to be quite unbiased in their views of not only Diana, but of the relationships she had with Charles her husband and the British Royal Family, otherwise known as the "firm". This book was extremely biased in Diana's direction, but in my opinion it was cleverly written to appear biased when in fact it left me for once genuinely questioning whether she did things for the sake of other...more
Tara Jacek
If you idolize Diana this book will change your view. It is sometimes harsh on her and challenges her motives. It often asks why Diana cared about the helpless and begs to the question if it was just for attention. The book questions her bulimia and accounts she gave.

The authors try to explain Charles in some ways, but draws a picture of Diana as childish and Charles stuck in his established role he was born into. Charles was given everything and didn't know how to give into Diana. He seems for...more
Safra Ducreay
I did like this book. Again, I read it during a time when I was coming into myself - in my early twenties. I'd never paid much attention to Princess Diana as a little girl - but I remember her death, actually I remember precisely where I was and the reaction it stirred from my family. She was a human, with human problems and under a tremendous amount of pressure. She did not have the life anyone would want - and that's not from the glamorous perspective of wearing a tiara and sequinned embellish...more
I'm normally not one for biographies. I find most of the boring and hard to follow. This one wasn't boring, but it was hard to follow. There were too many name thrown out that half the time I felt like I needed to flip through the earlier pages just to see if this person had been mentioned before.

Not much new was revealed in this, I think mostly because it's not a new book anymore and most of Diana's life has been thrown out into the public, especially with the recent wedding of William.
Brianna Dowell
This is a biography about Princess Diana. It gives great detail about her life before and after her death. I'm having fun reading about her as Lady Diana and Princess Diana. It focuses on how her relationship started with Prince Charles and her love and kindness for others. She sounds like someone I could relate to. I hope to learn more about her.
Though there was a clear bias toward Diana in this book, it is a well done and thorough biography. It isn't dry but it isn't over-dramatic either. Diana had a dramatic life but the tendency to over-dramatize it has ruined a few other biographies. This biography tells her story in an interesting way. Definitely a good read.
The first biography I read. Even though I was 7 years old when she died, I've always wanted to know her story. & this book tells it pretty nicely.
The last 2 chapters, "Paris" & "Funeral" almost had me tearing up.
to get a non-biased understanding of the darling Princess, this is the book, crisp and clear..... and usually biographies are interesting than fictional mysteries and especially those of people like DIANA.....
Well written. It gave me an entirely new perspective on Diana. However it seemed biased towards Prince Charles.
I just wanted an idea of who she was and why Prince Charles married her. I don't know how accurate this book's portrayal of her life was but it appeared pretty fair.
I read this during a time when my fascination with Diana was at an all time high, right around the time of her untimely death.
I was hoping that the book would have more historical context but I'll keep going.
Such a sad person...Such a tough life...Such a tragic ending..
Another great look at Diana's life.
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