The Queen by Robert Lacey

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At a mere 166 pages, the author gives readers a comfortably brief overview of Queen Elizabeth II's life and 60-year reign.
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the Queen

Elizabeth II was not born to be queen. She came into the world on April 21, 1926, the equivalent of the modern Princess Beatrice, first-born daughter of the Duke of York, destined to flutter on the royal fringe. So while Lilibet was brought up with almost religious respect for the crown, there seemed no chance of her inheriting it. Her head was never turned by the personal prospect of grandeur—which is why she would prove so very good at her job. Elizabeth II's lack of ego was to prove the paradoxical secret of her greatness.

For more than thirty years, acclaimed author and royal biographer Robert Lacey has been gathering material from members of the Queen's inner circle—her friends, relatives, private secretaries, and prime ministers. Now, in The Queen, Lacey offers a life of the celebrated monarch, told in six succinct chapters, accentuated by elegant color and black-and-white photographs that capture the distinctive flavor of passing eras and reveal how Elizabeth II adapted—or, on occasions, regally declined to adapt—to changing times.

 

About Robert Lacey

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Robert Lacey is the author of numerous books, including Majesty, The Year 1000, and the New York Times bestseller The Kingdom. An acclaimed royal expert, Lacey's Golden Jubilee study of Queen Elizabeth, Royal, provided the basis for Peter Morgan's Oscar-winning movie, The Queen. He lives in London.
 
Published May 15, 2012 by Harper Perennial. 176 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction
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5 Minutes for Books

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Reviewed by Carrie on Jul 10 2012

I absolutely loved The Queen: A Life in Brief because it is a short but comprehensive overview of her entire life.

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Reviewed by Lesa on May 29 2012

...is the perfect biography for those of us who are curious, but don't care to know every detail a biographer or the media would normally reveal.

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Reviewed by Chantale on May 10 2012

There was a lot I didn't know about Queen Elizabeth II. Very well written and so much full of great information

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Reviewed by Connie on Aug 13 2012

...as far as biographies go -- especially consolidated biographies -- this is a superior one.

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In the Hammock Book Reviews

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Reviewed by Carrie on Jun 21 2012

A great primer for the history of the royal family during Elizabeth's lifetime, but I would have loved to see more of a focus on the Queen herself.

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Books in the City

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Reviewed by Colleen on Jun 09 2012

Overall, Lacey paints a very favorable picture of the Queen as a woman who has steadfastly served her people and done her duty with little fanfare.

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Reviewed by Bookfool on May 28 2012

At a mere 166 pages, the author gives readers a comfortably brief overview of Queen Elizabeth II's life and 60-year reign.

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