Prince Charles

Prince Charles

The Passions and Paradoxes of An Improbable Life

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Prince Charles Ranging from his glamorous palaces to his country homes, from his globe-trotting travels to his local initiatives, Smith shows how Prince Charles possesses a fiercely independent spirit and yet has spent more than six decades waiting for his destined role, living a life dictated by protocols he often struggles to obey. With keen insight and the discovery of unexpected new details, Smith lays bare the contradictions of a man who is more complicated, tragic, and compelling than we knew, until now.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812988437
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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WHO: Prince Charles, next in line for the British Crown
WHY: learn new insights into the man who would be king
APPEAL: royal watchers and Anglophiles
WHILE YOU WAIT: "Game of Crowns: Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate, and the Throne" by Christopher P. Andersen

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Jan 05, 2018

I was never particularly a fan of Mr. Prince of Wales, especially during the Diana era, and I'm still not, frankly.
But watching the Netflix series "The Crown" has altered my perception of Charles a bit; privileged though he is, he didn't exactly win the Best Parents sweepstakes. (If Matt Smith's portrayal of Prince Phillip has any accuracy at all, the Duke of Edinburgh has been revealed as a philandering husband and an unfeeling bastard of a father.)

Aug 23, 2017

Very interesting reading, with a good distribution of childhood, the "Diana years," and more recent material. I thought the author did a fine job of balancing the man's good and the weak characteristics. I have a new sympathy for Charles, while still raising my eyebrows over much of what he stands for.

Jun 27, 2017

As the newest biography on Prince Charles, it was just what I needed to catch up on his life for the last years. Needless to say, I only read the last half of the book. :)

AL_KATI Jun 13, 2017

Here's the thing: I'm a bit of an Anglophile so this was right up my alley. But if felt like the author lost her steam about 2/3 in and was just reciting facts and timelines, which made it a dry read. Also, not very much on his childhood.

Jun 08, 2017

An excellent and very up-to-date review of Charles' life - which has definitely been an interesting one! What I really enjoy with this author is that she presents the facts in a very readable and easily-followed manner, while not taking sides herself. She just simply tells it like it is and lets the reader make their own judgments.

May 04, 2017

If you know nothing about Charles, this is a good book to read. This was not an authorized biography but the author did have access to several good sources. The book tries to make sense of his marriage to Diana while explaining the attraction between him and Camilla. The author clearly shows how avant-gardiste Charles was and that he should be a good King. We also discover that he was a good father to Harry and a William. Interesting.

Apr 25, 2017

For me, an amateur British Royal Family aficionado for over 30 years, the first 100 pages of this very long book was interesting, but slogged down at about 150 pages. I'm not critical of Sally Bedell Smith - she's an amazing researcher and writer, but the extremely detailed story of Prince Charles didn't hold my attention. I guess I'm not the big fan of the Royals that I thought I was after all.

Jan 21, 2017

Although normally not a fan of any royal family [none should exist today, I believe], I confess to finding this specific royal interesting: anyone who has gone through military training in all branches of the armed forces is a cut above [having served in two military branches in America, I have an idea of what I'm talking about]. Might be an interesting read . . . .

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