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The Diana Chronicles [Kindle Edition]

Tina Brown
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ten years after her death, Princess Diana remains a mystery. Was she “the people’s princess,” who electrified the world with her beauty and humanitarian missions? Or was she a manipulative, media-savvy neurotic who nearly brought down the monarchy? Only Tina Brown, former editor-in-chief of Tatler, England’s glossiest gossip magazine; Vanity Fair; and The New Yorker could possibly give us the truth.

Updated with a new foreword.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Tina Brown's long-awaited biography of Princess Diana is read by the author—a British legend in her own right. Brown's recital is colorful but limited by her rushed, occasionally slurred delivery, which detracts from her prose. The abridged version of the book hits the high notes of this lengthy bio, offering a condensed but worthwhile version of Diana's journey toward British royalty and her eventual tragic end. But as a reader, Brown hurries through even this shorter version, occasionally dropping syllables or speeding through phrases that are thus nearly incomprehensible. On other occasions, she carefully enunciates each syllable, emphasizing her British diction but rendering her reading more actress performance than nuanced reading.
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From Bookmarks Magazine

There are few who could delve as successfully into Princess Di's life as the celebrated Tina Brown, who combines her journalistic savvy with the gossip only an insider could know. While she stresses Diana's role in changing the relationship between the press and the House of Windsor, Brown offers plenty of juicy details, "varying from credible to melodramatic to weirdly sitcomlike" (New York Times)-from Diana's sexual relationship (remember Squidgy?) with Charles to her insecurities, her bulimia, the castles, the rivalries. Diana comes off as a bundle of contradictions, which was part of her appeal. If The Diana Chronicles is, in the end, a book partially built on others, it is nonetheless "a trashy (if delicious) tale ... rendered vividly mordant" (Wall Street Journal).
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.

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  • File Size: 1300 KB
  • Print Length: 542 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; 1st edition (June 12, 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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126 of 133 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is there anything new to say? June 25, 2007
I thought so. With special access to sources as a result of her stint as editor of the Tatler in the UK, Tina Brown has written the story of Diana as both a media creation and media manipulator.

Shockingly uneducated and raised in a broken home, Brown says Diana focused on Charles early as the embodiment of all her life had lacked. Diana was judged to be aristocratic, pretty, malleable and above all a virgin. Charles was, according to Brown, more or less pushed into it by his parents, who along with "Uncle Dickie," the assassinated Earl of Mountbatten, were growing tired of Charles' unsuitable dalliances.

But Diana refused to play along. I'm sure we've all secretely wondered, "so how bad could it have been?" Brown convinces us that it was very bad indeed. Charles was dull, unemotional, and more interested in books than his pretty young wife. The Queen ruled the roost. Surprisingly to me at least, even in private all the courtesies of royalty had to be observed--everyone was summoned to breakfast at 9 am sharp at Balmoral, the summer retreat; no one could retire for the evening before the Queen. Costume changes were endless, as were tramps through the rain and hunting. And of course Camilla was ever present.

In response, Diana became a star. Perhaps she surprised herself at first but it didn't take her long to catch on. She'd tip the media off to her whereabouts, learned how to dress, and used her amazing warmth and charm, not to mention English beauty, to upstage the Royal Family on a regular basis. They were furious. And so was Diana. She could not acccept the royal practice of state marriage and a lover on the side. She was too young, too romantic.
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259 of 288 people found the following review helpful
"August 31, 1997," the book begins. "Paris. The car that sped into the Pont D'Alma Tunnel at twenty-three minutes past midnight was carrying the most famous woman in the world."

Really? I know I rolled over and went back to bed when my then-wife --- who was 45 minutes late to our wedding --- woke up in the middle of the night to watch the Royal Wedding. Sure, Diana was a stunner. But very few men will tell you they want to spend more than a few hours with a bulimic woman of uncertain sanity. No, Diana was a chick fantasy.

The death? Another story. A horse-drawn wagon carrying a coffin and an envelope with one word, "Mommy," had the entire world blubbering. "I still weep when I see clips," a friend told me yesterday. "And the flowers in front of Buck House always get me."

But there have been so many books. And an excellent movie, "The Queen." What's left?

For most writers starting out on a Diana book in 2005, not much. But Tina Brown has a sharp eye for the telling fact. And her enormous Rolodex led her to sources who never talked before or who trusted her to Get It Right. The result is a reading experience that will take over your life until --- exhausted by unexpected empathy --- you turn the last page.

How is this? The end of the story is the most common memory on the planet. What don't we know about this woman?

Well, the "engagement ring" that Dodi Fayed bought Diana on the last day of her life --- he was in and out of the jewelry store in "seven minutes, twenty-seven seconds."

That last dinner at the Ritz --- Diana was "quietly weeping in full view of the clientele."

Camilla, on horseback, told Charles, on horseback, the first time they met, "That's a fine animal you have there, Sir.
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86 of 94 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, even if not a Diana fan June 13, 2007
By Echidna
Don't read the Diana Chronicles if you're expecting new bombshell gossip about the life of Princess Diana. But do read it if you're looking for an interesting book that offers a unique take on a famous life.

In the early 1980s, when Lady Diana Spencer was on the verge of marrying her prince, Tina Brown was the 25-year-old editor of Tatler Magazine. A few years later, Princess Diana was the most famous woman in the world and Tina Brown was the most famous woman in publishing. The women knew each other and even met for lunch six weeks before Diana's death.

At times, the Diana Chronicles seems like an encyclopedic version of every book ever published on the late princess - the footnotes alone run 34 pages! But, because the author has connections that most of her fellow biographers can only dream of, it does offer some new insight into Princess Diana's life and the lives of the family she married into.

The Diana Chronicles is less a history and more an analysis. Brown takes some of the more famous moments in the Diana/Charles/Camilla mythology and offers her opinion on what actually took place. She looks not only at Diana's childhood, but also at the English aristocracy in the late 70s and early 80s. And she explains why the Windsors thought Diana would fit a certain mold.

Brown is respectful of the late princess's memory, yet not in awe of it. She is less interested in breaking news than in offering explanations for the different facets of a very complicated, and very human, woman. Ultimately, what makes the Diana Chronicles so worth reading has little to do with the subject and everything to do with the author. Tina Brown can write. And she can write brilliantly.

Four and a half stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
This book takes your heart and puts it through the ringer. All sides of the marriage are fairly shown. The best book on the subject of Diana's marriage to Prince Charles.
Published 1 month ago by Mary Lou Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on HRH, Diana Princess of Wales
best book on Diana by far. This is my 5th, and final, book on Diana. The others being her bodyguard, her butler, her butler's follow-up book, herself in that Diana sanctioned... Read more
Published 3 months ago by HoustonTroy
5.0 out of 5 stars Tina Brown writes like she speaks with an acid tongue
Tina Brown writes like she speaks with an acid tongue. Tina Brown knew Princess Diana well. And, most importantly -
Princess Diana spoke through the Channeler(? Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sheila Haouchine
5.0 out of 5 stars Victim of her Illuminati in-laws - interesting read
I read this book looking for the telltale signs of how the Illuminati Royal Family behave behind closed doors. Read more
Published 5 months ago by dagny
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
I approached this book with a certain disdain, thinking it would be the usual trash about the life of Princess Diana. I wanted some really light reading and ordered it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Victoria Taylor Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 months ago by James G. Kimmitz
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommend
WOW, can this woman write! i'd read anything from her i could get my hands on, that's how much i loved this book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Victorian Catmom
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get any better than this!!
VERY BEST book written about Diana that has ever been written and I've read them all. If you want to read about Diana's life, this is the book to purchase.
Published 8 months ago by maltese lover
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Royal Tale by a Gifted Writer and Storyteller
This is more than a chronicle of Princess Diana's life. Her story is a bit of a microcosm of English families after WWII. Read more
Published 8 months ago by L. M. Keefer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good indeed.
Published 8 months ago by Sam
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Another Untrue book of Princess Diana" All LIes Do not buy This Book"
You are a little scary, Edward. Take a deep breath...relax...everything will be OK.
Jul 25, 2007 by Lamont Cranston |  See all 4 posts
Inaccuracies, etc.
Well, only by weighing what ALL of the witnesses to an event say can one arrive (hopefully) at a rough consensus of what actually happened.
May 30, 2007 by James J. Paul |  See all 12 posts
Bashing a woman who can no longer defend herself
I am sure the Princes and the Spencers DO care, but they certainly can't do much to control this sort of garbage. Particularly for her sons this stuff is painful. Unfortunately, if people buy this "penny dreadful" it will serve only to line the pockets of the author, publisher, &... Read More
Apr 24, 2007 by Amazon Customer |  See all 2 posts
I got a question about a Princess Diana Book
You may be thinking of The Diana Chronicles. It is a good read whether you are a fan of Diana's or not.
Sep 10, 2007 by T. A. Eyre |  See all 2 posts
No bashing, just humanizing
The Queen NEVER turned down an alleged marriage between Charles and Camilla in the seventies because according to most (reputable) sources including Charles' authorized biography, Charles never asked the Queen's permission to marry Camilla nor asked Camilla. He was "sowing his wild... Read More
Jun 12, 2007 by Reviewer from Queens |  See all 2 posts
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