Diana in Search of Herself: Portrait of a Troubled Princess
Diana in Search of Herself Portrait of a Troubled Princess Author:Sally Bedell Smith "A tantalizing peek into the living museum that is European royalty and a portrait of Diana as a mentally ill princess."-Washington Post Book World — "If you're going to read one Diana book, this should be it."-Newsweek — "Diana in Search of Herself tempts us to look again at the iconic princess, whose bo... more »undless charm, energy, and warmth contrasted wildly with her mood swings, bulimia, and shaky sense of self, all of which Smith addresses in this balanced analysis of the most charismatic member of the British royal family."-Elle"Smith has done the best any responsible writer can-she has taken a fairy-tale princess and rendered her as a believable woman who, borderline personality or not, is somehow more likable for her struggle against psychological troubles."-Atlanta Journal & Constitution
"At once morbidly fascinating and profoundly sad...Princess Diana's life seems less a candle in the wind than an accident waiting to happen."-Boston Globe
"A chilling vision of loneliness, need and untreated mental illness."-USA Today
"She offers a fascinating account of Diana's aristocratic upbringing...She also provides perhaps the fullest account to date of Diana's half-dozen or so love affairs."-Dallas Morning News
I heard about this book in referencing the waif side of Borderline Personality Disorder. This book was fascinating to me as I'd only seen the Princess as a Princess, and did not know how hard she worked (the tabloids) to maintain that she was a victim. It also gives a glimpse at B Palace, how formal every day life is and how dignified their responce of silence was to her wild accusations. When I see pictures of her I still think, "what a beautiful woman", it did nothing to tarnish that image of her; however I am glad that so many people shared their stories of her 50 phone calls a day and needing constant reassurance. There are 100 pages of references, it is a well documented and entertaining account.