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Prince William: The Man Who Will Be King 1st Edition

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““Wonderful Tonight, which Boyd wrote with Penny Junor, is a charming, lively and seductive book, and like all good memoirs, it also works as a cultural history.”” ([object Object])

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus; 1 edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781605984216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605984216
  • ASIN: 1605984213
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,055,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would have given Junor's latest book more stars had she been able to control her obvious bias against Princess Diana and her blatant admiration of Prince Charles. In her efforts to do her usual hatchet job on Diana she makes Prince Charles and Camilla look positively saintly. Also there were some very questionable premises that Junor presents as facts and it seems she sometimes can't help her sometimes shrill tone in her attacks on the late Princess. And she contradicts herself in the process.

Junor presents the story of Prince William from his birth to his wedding to Kate Middleton and their first few months together as a couple. She devotes the first 100 pages about William's upbringing. I found it odd that she writes: "But Diana didn't know how to be a mother...she had never been successfully mothered herself and therefore had a skewed view of motherhood." Really and how is this known? Charles complained to his biographer Dimbleby about his upbringing also but Junor never accuses Charels about his not knowing how to be a father. Obviously William and Harry don't agree with Ms Junor's statement and later on in the book William and Harry are quoted as praising their mother to the skies. Harry quoted as saying: "She was our guardian, friend and protector. She never once allowed her unfaltering love for usto go unspoken or undemonstrated." William was quoted as saying: "We were lucky to have her as our mother." Obviously Ms Junor disagrees with the two people who were raised by Diana, her sons. I think Junor in her zest to do a hatchet job disregards her sons take on their mother.

Also, incredibly Junor absolves Charles of blame for returning to his mistress Camilla Parker Bowles when the marriage was "irretrievably broken down.
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I have read a number of books about the Queen and the British Royal Family. This book is really one of the better ones, and not a quick-to-market tabloid capitalizing on current gossip. The author's description of Prince William's life, from childhood to the present, demonstrates good research and insight about one member of the Royal Family who has obviously decided to be his own man. The chapters detailing the work of the prince with his charities occupy a good part of the book and certainly give the reader a different perspective about William and the Royal Family. Rather than a salacious retelling of the problems of the Windsors, it is a serious study of the reluctant prince and his understanding of the emerging role he must assume to make the monarchy credible. I found it difficult to put down.
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I like how the book brings a nice humanizing context to the events of Williams' life and seems to align with how William presents himself as an adult.

The sources were good and interesting like former press secretaries' for the Wales' and school masters/professors. Junor aptly points out that the undeniable fact that William had very dysfunctional parents, was old enough to know what was going on during the War of the Wales, combined with inner household turmoil the boys undoubtedly felt, and how that affected him as a person. The book sheds light on how he turned out pretty well-adjusted considering the circumstances.

It spoke volumes that one of the most upsetting photos for William was him carrying groceries home at St. Andrews. The guy really just wanted to carry groceries home and be left alone except when he is in public for official capacities. He studied at the police station at times to get some peace and quiet.

I don't think the book was Diana bashing, as in other reviews. As child of the 80's, I had Diana fever like everyone else.Though Junor focused on the Princess in a more negative light but her points were valid. Being an adult now, I appreciate that an uneducated 19 year old woman when she was married, with some clear psychiatric issues (bulimia, self harm) and an unstable childhood, Diana was probably not an easy person to live with or have as a mother, though she had an excellent public persona and did great work for charity. But Junor also points out Charles' flaws as well.

William always gravitated towards normal well-grounded people and families and that Kate Middleton helps meet that need. Being a child of parents who worked and made their fortune, she doesn't have the elitist accent and grew up in fairly normal family. It's William desire and strive toward normalcy, and clearly having learned from the mistakes of both his parents, that has made him the likeable figure he is today.
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As the owner of many Penny Junor's books about the British Royal Family,(and a small, personal library of 150 books about Diana and other royal family members) I was not as impressed with this book as I thought I would be. Too many errors (i.e Diana's father, Earl Spencer, died in March 1992, not 1991. Prince Charles' dog was Tigger, not Tigga. Diana's brother, Charles Spencer, celebrated his 21st birthday in May 1985, not in 1982, the year William was born.) For all her books and knowledge on the royal family, Ms. Junor should have those dates down pat. The pictures are very good, and it shows how Prince Charles stepped up to the plate to be a better father to William and Harry after Diana died.
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I am an avid reader, and I could not get through this book. The writing is poor, and there are typos. It was on sale when I ordered it, and I now know why. I am a huge fan of biographical works regarding the Windsors but this particular work was not for me.
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