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Christopher Andersen (1) (1949–)

Autor/a de The Day Diana Died

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Obres de Christopher Andersen

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The Day Diana Died (1998) — Autor — 297 exemplars
George and Laura: Portrait of an American Marriage (2002) — Autor — 227 exemplars
Jack and Jackie: Portrait of an American Marriage (1996) — Autor — 208 exemplars
William and Kate: A Royal Love Story (2010) — Autor — 172 exemplars
The Day John Died (2000) — Autor — 161 exemplars
Jackie After Jack: Portrait of the Lady (1998) — Autor — 158 exemplars
American Evita: Hillary Clinton's Path to Power (2004) — Autor — 155 exemplars
Sweet Caroline: Last Child of Camelot (2003) — Autor — 151 exemplars
Bill and Hillary: The Marriage (1999) 118 exemplars
Barbra: The Way She Is (2006) 109 exemplars
Madonna Unauthorized (1990) 101 exemplars
Jagger Unauthorized (1993) 87 exemplars
Young Kate (1988) — Autor — 63 exemplars
Michael Jackson Unauthorized (1994) 51 exemplars
Citizen Jane: The Turbulent Life of Jane Fonda (1984) — Autor — 34 exemplars
The Name Game (1977) — Autor — 33 exemplars
Serpent's Tooth (1987) 10 exemplars
Book of People (1981) 5 exemplars
Jackie et John. Tome 1 : Les jeunes années (1996) — Autor — 1 exemplars
john-john (2000) — Autor — 1 exemplars

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Andersen, Christopher Peter
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Llocs de residència
Connecticut, USA
University of California, Berkeley
Vanity Fair
New York Times



Like many people, I remember where I was when I found out that Princess Di had died, and watching the coverage of her funeral. It was a massive spectacle that drew attention from millions worldwide. But it was also a hugely significant event for her own family. Diana's life and death continues to resonate around the British Royal Family, and it is through this prism that Christopher Andersen presents her mother-in-law, romantic rival, and would-have-been daughter-in-law in his book, Game of Crowns. Queen Elizabeth II, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Katherine, Duchess of Cambridge are all women who either are or could be queens of England, and all of them are touched by the legacy of the People's Princess.

So it makes sense, in a way, that Andersen spends so much time talking about the ill-fated marriage between Charles and Diana. At least one third of the book is devoted to the story of their courtship, their terrible marriage, and their contentious divorce. On the other hand, though, the "War of the Waleses" is an already extensively documented phenomenon. There's no real new reporting here: they barely knew each other when they got married, they both cheated (though Diana at least went into her marriage without an active side piece), they both orchestrated media to lash out against the other, and they were both active, engaged parents. Her death and the near-constitutional crisis that the response to it engendered had a real impact on the monarchy. And his reporting of William and Kate's courtship isn't really much better, in terms of doing more than just summarizing already-available information: lingerie on the catwalk, the break-up, the make-up, the wedding.

What is new is gossip, nearly all of it negative, about Charles and Camilla, with special venom reserved for the latter. He begins the book with a lengthy "what could happen" riff about the ascension of Charles to the throne when his mother dies, predicting that his vanity and hubris will lead to the abolition of the monarchy. While Diana's leaks to the press are treated a part of her savvy media strategy, leaks from Charles and/or Camilla are portrayed as sneaky, underhanded, and devious. Camilla is depicted as scheming and manipulative, and set against Kate, who's given a Diana-esque sheen of being both glamorous and naturally gifted at connection with strangers (without any actual supporting evidence). I checked out of the book entirely when Andersen breathlessly related that Camilla had "leaked" information about Kate's low tally of "engagements", the kind of meet-and-greets and ribbon-cuttings that make up royal work. The reality is that the Royal Family publishes engagements in the easily-publicly-accessible Court Circular, and a year-end tally is common practice for journalists covering the royal beat. Camilla wouldn't have had to leak anything to anyone to "shame" Kate for lackluster numbers because that information would have been published anyways! A failure to understand something as basic as this shows the whole book to be without rooting in fact. It's basically a very long, poorly fact-checked People article and I don't recommend it.
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ghneumann | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Jun 14, 2024 |
The deep love Dana and Chris had for each other came through in this book. After Chris's accident Dana did not look a Chris as a burden, but as her duty as his wife. they did have help, so Dana did not have do some of the caring for his daily needs, although she learned how to do it herself. Their roles reversed after Chris was paralyzed. He had done the lion's share of making the income, before his accident. After his accident, Dana had to work to help pay for Chris's care. They started a foundation hoping to get Chris walking again. After Chris's death Dana took over as head of the foundation, only to pass away 17 months after Chris.… (més)
dara85 | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Apr 22, 2024 |
This is a very interesting and thought-provoking book. I remember hearing about Princess Diana's death and being extremely sad. My heart went out to her young boys.
This is a good book!
Sassyjd32 | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Dec 22, 2023 |
The author does a fine job of telling the story of George and Laura. Mostly free from any political statements, the book instead is devoted to just telling the story of two people and how much they mean to one another.
phoovermt | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | May 11, 2023 |



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