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Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch
I found myself rolling my eyes when I opened this book and thinking "tell me something I don't know." I can't say the author told me a lot of things I didn't know but the context and flow were amazing. Although an official biography will be written when the Queen dies, I expect this is the one that non-academics will read. It is charming, well researched and moves right along through this amazing woman's 85 years. Probably there will be some anti-monarchists who will claim that Bedell Smith was too in awe of her subject. Could be but time and time again she shows how Prime Ministers and others who expect not to like the Queen eventually find her, as Tony Blair said, simply the Best of Britain. What a shame we don't have a wise, empathic, thoroughly knowledgeable, neutral person at the top of our highly political heap. Stability and continuity suddenly seem like marvelous things.
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