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Diana : a portrait in her own words
Diana, Princess of Wales, 1961-1997.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : William Morrow Co., [1999]

Physical Description:
184 pages ; 18 cm
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DA591.A45 D531334 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Biography
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In between her fairy-tale wedding and her premature death, there lived the most beloved royal presence of our century, surely as multifaceted as any celebrity of our time. The radical twists and turns in her brief life drew the fascination of millions. Yet the most photographed woman in the world was also the least quoted--her actual words were seldom heard, and never gathered, until now.

This unique book is the result of a scrupulous worldwide search for every one of Diana's significant quotes. Upon reading this collection, one will find that behind her shy veneer dwelled a woman of extraordinary resourcefulness, stamina, and, perhaps above all, vulnerability. In fact, her open frankness about the events and people around her is both disarming and startling. The reader will discover the sharp clarity, endless warmth, and ready wit that she brought to her legendary life in this intimate self-portrait. This is the closest we will ever get to an autobiography from the People's Princess.

Author Notes

William Adler was born on May 14, 1929 in New York. After attending Brooklyn College (1947-51), Adler served in the U.S. Army. Adler, a full-time writer/editor, has published approximately 150 books on various topics over the past forty years, but he is probably best known for his books reflecting the wit and humor of individual celebrities. In books such as The Kennedy Wit and The Churchill Wit, Adler has selected and edited a variety of quotations and humorous anecdotes that reveal a human side of famous individuals. His edited collections of letters written to famous people or organizations, such as Kids' Letters to President Carter and Letters to the Air Force on UFOs, are also quite popular. These books, while interspersed with humor, often explore more serious topics with insight, understanding, and sensitivity.

Adler wrote for two popular television programs, Candid Camera and Tex and Jinx, and conceived the ideas for a series of murder mysteries written by other authors, that invited readers to participate in solving the crimes. Large cash awards were offered to the reader who could solve a series of crimes leading to the murders. The first of these popular 1980s mysteries was Who Killed the Robins Family and where, and when, and how and why did they die? Although Adler masterminded the book, Thomas Chastain actually wrote it. Later, Adler would use this same reader-participation strategy when he published Bill Adler's Chance of a Lifetime, a guidebook on how to become a successful entrepreneur. Again a cash prize was offered to the reader who entered the best new business idea after reading and following the principles presented in the book.

Adler has also written and edited a number of his more serious books under the pseudonym, Jay David.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Smith's rather unsympathetic portrait of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, is sure to receive a great deal of publicity (excerpts will be published in People). The author believes that the troubled princess was mentally ill, and she certainly presents a good deal of convincing evidence to bolster her case. Unfortunately, her eagerness to present virtually every incident in Diana's life as "proof" of her instability becomes somewhat tedious, and her assertion that Charles did not resume his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles until 1986, when the royal marriage had "irretrievably broken down," is undermined by its frequent repetition. Little attention is paid to Diana's charity work, and, surprisingly, Smith never manages to convey just what it was about Diana that inspired the love and admiration not only of millions worldwide who never met her but also of the friends and family who knew of her problems and faults. Given the unrelenting interest in Diana's life, however, this title is sure to be requested. The publisher of Diana: A Portrait in Her Own Words states that "this unique book is the result of a scrupulous worldwide search for every one of Diana's significant quotes." The book is organized by subject ("married life," "William and Harry," "The Royal Family," etc.). Unfortunately, the editor has chosen not to include dates and context for many of the quotes. Still, this is a browsable book for anyone interested in Diana's sometimes touching and occasionally contradictory words. Libraries that own Princess Diana: The Book of Love (Eagle Rose Pub., 1997), which covers roughly the same subject area, can probably skip this, unless demand dictates otherwise. As these two books remind us, the definitive biography of Diana remains to be written.ÄElizabeth Mary Mellett, Brookline P.L., MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.