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William and Kate: A Royal Love Story Hardcover – December 21, 2010

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Christopher Andersen is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen New York Times bestsellers, which have been translated into more than twenty-five languages worldwide. A former contributing editor of Time magazine and longtime senior editor of People magazine, Andersen has also written hundreds of articles for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, Life, and Vanity Fair. Andersen has appeared frequently on such programs as the Today Show, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Entertainment Tonight, Dateline, CBS This Morning, Extra, Access Hollywood, The O’Reilly Factor, Fox & Friends, Hardball, Larry King Live, E!, Inside Edition, and more.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition edition (December 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451621450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451621457
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Amy Y. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I remember watching in shock, with my family gathered around the television, the night that Princess(not officially by title any longer but perchance by grace alone)Diana died. Certain individuals shine their light such that the whole world is touched and I believe she was truly one of those people. I have, since then, avoided much of the tell-all, sensationalized media and books released. Whatever sordid details people were able to eek out, exaggerate or even manufacture entirely have no interest to me.

This family- royal or no- suffered a terrible tragedy. As a mother, considering another woman's children left motherless strikes a deep chord.

While this book does tell the story of William and Kate and the journey that has led them to a committed relationship- the aspect of this I really enjoyed and found touching was the in depth storytelling by the author of all the background. So much of who these two young people are has been shaped by turbulent times. The author gives us some very true glimpses into the character of William. For example, after years of recurring nightmares of his mother's tragic death he began dreaming and worrying that his beloved Kate would come to the same end. He even considered that maybe he did not have the right to marry her and ask her to put herself in such danger as he perceived.

The author is honest but in a gentle and respectful way. This was a truly enjoyable, quick and easy read since it read so much more as an almost epic tale. I would say it is definitely worth the read if you have any interest at all in the royal family. Don't let the fact that it is a biography put you off- I found it really read easily, much more like a story than anything else.
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By Tina on December 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Although I have never been a huge fan of the Royal family, I have to say that I did admire Diana and, throughout the years, I have made a point of keeping tabs on how her sons were doing.

In fact, I always felt that William was somewhat fascinating and it always amazed me how he seemed to have such a strong relationship with Charles - the man who basically made his mother's life on earth a living hell.

Having said that, I admit that I, obviously, was not privy to the `insider' information and should probably not judge, but I was praying that William would turn out more like his mother and a lot less like his father (physically and otherwise).

Thankfully, William seems to be quite down to earth and I was happy to discover that he chose NOT to be the philandering `future prince' - constantly making certain that he and his antics show up in the press.

I was also very happy to hear about his upcoming nuptials and when I was asked to review William and Kate, the Love Story, I happily did so.

Firstly, this book is incredibly well researched and it is obvious that the writing was done by someone who has more than just a passing interest in the subject matter. All too often, a `cheesy' book will be hastily put together in order to capitalize on the splash of `publicity' (15 minutes of fame?) but this is not the case here.

The author takes us meticulously through the Kate and Will story - with the good and the bad and did a wonderful job of putting the readers in the moment - making us feel as though we were sharing in on some confidences.

I also enjoyed the pictures in the book - many of which I had never seen before.

Although I am sure this book will not be the only one covering Will and Kate, I have no doubt that it will be considered informative AND entertaining.
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This is a well told narrative of William and Kate. The author gives a lot of detail and drama so that you feel like you are living their romance. We get illuminating glimpses of William's upbringing, from the tragic nature of his parent's marriage to the way Diana made William her confidante. You feel a lot of sympathy for William who had to go through such stress at an early age. The chapter on Kate's background centered on her social climbing mother and grandmother, and her love for William even before they met each other. After they meet a lot of what goes on involves William's various flings, lots of drinking and partying and expensive shenenagans, Kate's patience and protectiveness when it comes to William. We witness her rising stature with her increasing acceptance with the royal family, the way she dealt with the paparazzi, how she tried to balance a life of her own with having a relationship with William. Along the way we are taken for a ride with all the trappings of their privileged lives: elite prep schools, exotic vacations, grand estates and hunting parties, designer clothes, ascots, polo, fame and constant dealings with the press, formal functions, ubiquitous security and paparazzi. It is fun and decadent and a little surreal. In addition, we also learn a lot about the monarchy and the events and scandals that have shaped it.

The book gave me some distinct impressions of the two young people themselves. William seems like a rather immature stereotypical white male with little self-awareness about his privilege. In his college years he was always groping females at parties and emerging in the early hours drunk. (Maybe in Britain that's normal behavior). To his credit he did well academically.
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