Elizabeth: A Biography of Britain's Queen
By Sarah Bradford
Why this book?
In the guise of a biography of the current queen, this is one of the best books on the modern British monarchy as an institution. Sarah Bradford talked to all the palace insiders, an amazing feat given how touchy and protective everyone around the queen is. Bradford has the best sense of the strengths of the current queen and her weaknesses. Because Elizabeth II is now the longest-reigning monarch in British history, she epitomizes most of the advantages and disadvantages of the institution in her own single lifetime. You will find out which of the episodes from Netflix’s The Crown are all made up, and which are close to the truth.
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