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The People's Princess: Cherished Memories of Diana, Princess of Wales, From Those Who Knew Her Best Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 17, 2007

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The subtitle notwithstanding, at least three of the essayists in this warm collection edited by CNN talk-show host King not only didn't know Diana best, they never met her. On the positive side, those who did know the princess, including her own secretary, Patrick Jephson, as well as less intimate acquaintances like Joan Collins, share some lovely memories of the woman they remember as compassionate, warm, loving and, above all, funny. British journalist Piers Morgan recalls that she had a great laugh. A really earthy, infectious cackle. The queen's former press secretary Dickie Arbiter remembers professing mock horror at a British princess driving a German car, to which Diana retorted, Well, at least it's more reliable than a German husband. While most of the contributors are admiring, several, including actor Robert Powell, mention her shortcomings as well, citing her temper and questioning her status as royal victim. Some of the pieces are simply maudlin, but one of the most genuinely touching ones is by Tessa Dahl (daughter of Roald Dahl and Patricia Neal), a childhood friend of Diana's. Interspersed with recollections of her chum, Dahl reveals painful details of her own life, and a writing talent that leave one hoping she'll write a memoir of her own. (July)
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About the Author

Larry King is the host of CNN’s Larry King Live, the first worldwide phone-in television talk show and the network’s highest-rated program. He has written and edited several books, including the recent My Dad and Me. He also recently established a $1 million journalism scholarship at George Washington University’s School of Media and Affairs.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1 edition (July 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030733953X
  • ASIN: B005ZOKPVA
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,070,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By nitsa VINE VOICE on August 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
You know its bad when you have Barbara Eden as one of the people who pay tribute to Diana. Yes that Barbra Eden as in "I Dream of Jeannie". Did I miss something? The book's title suggests that the tributes are written by "those who knew her best" Who are these people coming out of the woodwork..Tyra Banks, Donald Trump, etc. Some of these people never even met her how can they know her best? I am a die hard Diana fan and have most of her books but I must say this one put me to sleep. Did you ever hear the expression,"I was so bored I couldn't kill myself"? Well lets just say it was that bad. Don't waste your time nor money. If you really must read this just go to the library. This has got to be the worst Diana book I have ever read.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Loves Books in MD VINE VOICE on July 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Unlike the other reviewers to date, I disliked this book and found it a bid to cash in on the anniversary of Princess Diana's death. How well did Larry King - or many of those who contributed to the book - really know her?

I usually enjoy compilations and had there been more substance, this would have been no exception. Instead, I found the book shallow and barely skims the surface. Perhaps these people did know her, but after reading the book, a more appropriate title would seem to be ".... From Those Who Met Her". I wanted to like this book, but it was like going to dinner and getting only a few hors d'oeuvres.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer from Queens on July 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A really wonderful book--a series of tributes to the late Princess of Wales by people from all walks of life, the famous and not so famous.The tributes are from people who knew Diana and met her and some were close friends, some were from people who admired her and were inspired. Each tribute is a vignette from one paragraph to several pages summing up their impressions of Diana and their experiences. Among these are: Larry King, Donald Trump,Sarah Bradford, Heather Mills, Joan Collins, Barbara Eden, Richard Kay, Twiggy, Catherine Walker, Tessa Dahl, and Ken Wharfe. I was moved by Tessa Dahl, a contemporary of the late Princess, she wrote about the parallel lives she and the Princess led and her story was quite moving. Bravo to Heather Mills who wrote in her tribute: "Remember--monuments are not erected to those who criticize, but rather to those who have been criticized." I also liked actr Christopher Biggins tribute and agreed fully when he wrote: "The biggest mistake of her (Diana's)life was to fall in love with her husband. If she hadn't cared for him so much it would have made everything easier to deal with. I don't think anyone had ever taken her aside and explained that her husband had a mistress. She was too young and innocent..." This is a vivid book that captures the personality of Diana. I do have several quibbles but these don't detract from the excellence and spirit of this book. One is that in Joan Hanger's tribute she writes that Will Carling "admitted" having an affair with Diana. I don't recall this happening and Carling who was in the middle of a nasty divorce would not have said a word. And those who knew the late Princess deny that there ever was a physical affair.Read more ›
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By D.J. Stroud on November 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
In an otherwise lame book, tabloid editor Piers Morgan recounts the only really telling-and chilling-anecdote about Diana. The bizarre lunch he shared with her and Prince William reminded me of the passage in Robert Graves' I, Claudius, where manipulative, malevolent Livia brings pubescent Caligula and bumbling historian Claudius together for a little chat. Claudius promises to keep their confessions off-the-record (just wanting to satisfy his own curiosity). Livia and Caligula proceed to nonchalantly rattle off their many crimes to the astounded Claudius. In the same manner, Piers was "allowed to ask Diana literally anything I liked, which surprised me, given Wills' presence. But he was clearly in the loop on most of her bizarre world and, in particular, the various men who came into it from time to time." Diana breezily trashes James Hewitt, Julia Carling, and Charles (of course). Wills, at age 13, was "tall, shy, and clearly bemused to be here." Her purpose in bringing a tabloid editor and the future King of England together soon becomes clear: she's instructing her son in the media manipulation arts, and wants Piers on Wills' side. Like Livia, she's "got things like the future of the monarchy on my mind." As Morgan states: "The absurdity of this conversation held no apparent bounds" and, like Claudius, he had to save his scoops for his future book, where P-P-Piers shall speak clear.
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