Queen of Our Times By Robert Hardman

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Queen of Our Times: The Life of Queen Elizabeth II By Robert Hardman

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Book/Novel Author: Robert Hardman

Book/Novel Title: Queen of Our Times

 

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A definitive portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the seventieth anniversary of her reign by a renowned royal biographer.Shy but with a steely self-confidence; inscrutable despite ten decades in the public eye; unflappable; devout; indulgent; outwardly reserved, inwardly passionate; unsentimental; inquisitive; young at heart. All of these describe Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who has reigned through more seismic social change than any monarch in British history. From the Abdication to the Sussexes, from World War II to the loss of her life-long partner, she has witnessed family crises on a scale not seen since the days of George III. She is a 21st Century global phenomenon commanding unrivalled respect and affection. Sealed off during the greatest peacetime emergency of modern times, she has stuck to her own maxim: ‘I have to be seen to be believed.’ And now she is preparing for an event without parallel in Europe since the reign of Louis XIV: her Platinum Jubilee, celebrating seventy years on the Throne. Robert Hardman, the acclaimed and respected author of Her Majesty and Queen of the World has already examined the Queen as a modern monarch and her role as a stateswoman abroad. Now, in this entirely new study, including unpublished Royal Family papers and photographs along with personal stories from other world leaders, he wraps up the full story of one of the undisputed greats in a thousand years of monarchy. Hardman distils Elizabeth’s complex life into a must-read study of dynastic survival and renewal. It is a portrait of a world leader who remains as intriguing today as the day she came to the Throne at age twenty-five. With peerless access to members of the Royal Family, staff, friends and royal records, Queen of Our Times  brings fresh insights and scholarship to the modern royal story. There will be no more thorough, more readable, more original book on the record-breaking Elizabeth II as she reaches a landmark which, surely, can never be equaled.
It is always fascinating to learn more about the Queen Elizabeth’s reign – her personal and professional life.
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 This is $40 book – not counting tax.The endpapers are not glued properly. There are huge bubbles.The paper stock is very rough and poor quality. I have some Tarzanof the Apes books from the 1800’s that are printed on paper like this.Those books say at the beginning of the book that a poor qualityof paper was used due to wartime conditions. That paper turned dark orangeand chips. Back to the Queen Elizabeth book- the print is HUGE. Huge.How about you use normal type that would have resulted in half the pages soyou could use decent materials? Also, the gigantic type is not centered on the page.There’s a narrow margin on the right and a wide margin on the left. A lot of the chosenphotos are blurry or have off colors as though someone was a photoshop newbie. There is no waythat there aren’t better photos of Elizabeth’s coronation. I feel like I’mtrying to read a poorly-typed very rough first draft of a dissertation. Queen Elizabethand Robert Hardman deserved better than this shoddily-crafted book.The book states that there’s a cloth first edition. I assume that’s the UK version.I’m going to order that version from the Book Depository or Waterstones. It’s cheaperthan this ramshackle American edition.I want to say that the content of the book is fabulous. You will want to readand own this book. From the first story about Obama and a mouse onward, thebook is a joy to read. The American edition is just not a joy to own.I’ve always felt it was wrong to see a review about the errors in a kindle version thatreduced stars when the book itself was stellar. I get it now. Because here I am.
The book covers a lot of British political history which I am not familiar with being an American. I had to stop reading it. I wish I can still return it or at least exchange it.

I admire the Queen so much and this book is full of facts and candor and insight to the real royal family and the monarch herself. Great read!
This is a big book (600+ pages) but it reads quickly and has lots of insight into the queen and her family. I highly recommend it.

 

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