Diana, Princess of Wales: A Biography

Diana, Princess of Wales: A Biography

by Martin Gitlin

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Long before her tragic death, Diana, Princess of Wales was a beloved modern icon, relatable to the general public in a way that transcended the barrier between royal and commoner. As a member of the royal family in an age of mass media, her fairy-tale wedding to, and painful divorce from, Prince Charles was played out on the world stage. Later, her humanitarian work for the Red Cross, her campaigns against landmines, and her work with the sick, especially AIDS victims, added a compassionate element to the royal family in the eyes of the world—and the world, ten years later, still hasn't gotten enough of Lady Di. This objective, accessible volume explores Diana's fascinating life, including her aristocratic upbringing, her whirlwind engagement to Prince Charles, her rocky marriage, her post-divorce status as global humanitarian icon, the media's frenzied treatment of her death, and her charitable legacy, including her sons' coming-of-age and their attempts to honor her memory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313348808
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/30/2008
Series: Greenwood Biographies Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 612 KB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Martin Gitlin is a freelance book writer and journalist based in Cleveland, Ohio. He has written several history books for students, including works on the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, Battle of The Little Bighorn and Stock Market Crash of 1929. He has also written biographies of NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon. Gitlin worked for two decades as a sportswriter, during which time he won more than 45 awards, including first place for general excellence from Associated Press. That organization also selected him as one of the top four feature writers in Ohio.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword     ix
Introduction     xi
Timeline: Events in the Life of Diana, Princess of Wales     xv
Birth of a Princess     1
A Family History     9
Diana the Teenager     19
Merging Paths     27
The Engagement     35
The Wedding     45
Early Years as a Royal     55
The Crumbling Marriage     65
Growing Compassion     75
Their Separate Ways     87
Still Chasing a Dream     99
The Final Years and Fatal End     111
Epilogue     125
Selected Bibliography     129
Index     131

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