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  • Battle of Brothers

  • William and Harry - The Inside Story of a Family in Tumult
  • Written by: Robert Lacey
  • Narrated by: Tim Frances
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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A New York Times best seller

From best-selling author and historical consultant to the award-winning Netflix series The Crown, an unparalleled insider account of tumult, secrecy, and schism in the royal family. 

The world has watched Prince William and Prince Harry since they were born. Raised by Princess Diana to be the closest of brothers, how have the boy princes grown into very different, now distanced men? From royal insider, biographer, and historian Robert Lacey, this book reveals the untold details of William and Harry’s closeness and estrangement, asking what happens when two sons are raised for vastly different futures - one burdened with the responsibility of one day becoming king, the other with the knowledge that he will always remain spare. 

How have William and Harry both agreed and diverged in their views of what a modern royal owes to their country? Were the seeds of damage sowed by Prince Charles and Princess Diana as their marriage unraveled for all the world to see? In the previous generation, how have Prince Charles and Prince Andrew’s own relations strained under the crown? What role has Queen Elizabeth II played in marshaling her feuding heirs? What parts have Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle played in helping their husbands to choose their differing paths? And what is the real, unvarnished story behind Harry and Meghan’s dramatic departure? 

In the most intimate vision yet of life behind closed doors, with its highs, lows, and discretions all laid out, this is a journey into royal life as never offered before.   

©2020 Robert Lacey (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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author critical of all parties

somewhat to my surprise the author of this book was critical of all parties - as well as praise - he called it out no matter which of the fab four or their extended families he was talking about - thus it read as a more balanced perspective than i had anticipated - well done

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Title will sell books

This book contains a lot of familiar history. The last chapters are what we also already know. The writer is compassionate to the brothers. It’s a well told, familiar story for someone who woke up early to watch the Royal Wedding way back when.

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Battle of Brothers

I was very disappointed - I don't think the author really likes Prince William. There is really nothing new here. Just someone trying to cash in on a family and its troubles.

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No right or wrong

Great book. All families have rifts some deeper than others. Forgiveness requires time and space

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Brothers - Even Royal

This book puts things in perspective. William will always be # 1 and Harry will always be the spare. They are brothers, no matter what, but with a much different future. Guess that grandma showed Harry who the boss still is. Actually kind of a sad story - the press certainly has done Harry and Megan no favors!!!

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Dry at times

The bits about Andrew were not necessary if you ask me. 12 13 14 15.

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  • Rhonda E Watson
  • 2020-10-23

Same book, different title

This book was 80% regurgitated old information and 20% information that could be read on the covers at a newsstand. Nothing new!

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  • JoJo
  • 2020-10-24

Ok, but...

Disappointed the author didn't mention how the press bullying of Meghan contributed to them leaving.

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  • Meg B
  • 2020-10-21

Decent, aside from descriptions of America

The author doesn’t know simple facts, like that one cannot get into even the lowest feeder college, much less any baccalaureate university, without lengthy, proven, consistent volunteer and community service, as well as leading school clubs, having excellent grades, and doing sport. The people he describes as extraordinary examples of American drive are supposed to be so despite descriptions that put them solidly in the lower ranks of any averagely driven American citizen. There are no “blue collar workers” in the “blue collar” neighborhoods he describes, except during the day when they’re working there. Everywhere described as “middle-class” is WITHIN California: meaning, millionaires, not billionaires. Those neighborhoods are not “middle las America,” But “middle lads California.” Incredibly disappointing on the American research, and I truly hope The Crown will employ more American researchers now that we have modern Americans in the Firm. Although, I canceled my Netflix, so I don’t care.

The American accents by the narrator are also dreadful, and he should have been replaced. There are no Southern Americans described, and yet the accent is a thick drawl.

Where the book SHINES (not including Americanisms, where the author has no cultural ability to do the following) is in saying, “Here are the two of three recounted versions of X event. We can be sure that neither the most glowing nor the most vicious is true, but that the story in the middle is the most likely historical event, seasoned with a touch of elements of all three tellings.” And then does not say which elements those may be. THAT is being a responsible historian.

This is the best book on the young Royals so far, if you can put aside the woeful inaccuracies of regarding the Yanks.

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  • atkinseyschofieldontwitter
  • 2020-10-21

This is my favorite Royals book and I’ve read them all

I have a website dedicated to Princess Diana - ToDiForDaily - I preordered this book weeks ago and then had to wait after it was released earlier in the UK. So worth the wait. So interesting. So honest. He makes so many good points about the poor PR decisions that have been made in the past. Oh, and I finished it in a single day! That’s how much I enjoyed it. I will listen to this again.

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  • Madsen sisters
  • 2020-12-24

snobbish

I can't listen anymore to this book. it just drips of snobbishness and hatred of anything not conservative. the narrator and author clearly have disdain for Harry and especially Meghan.

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  • A.Fox
  • 2020-11-27

want Will's petty jealousy of Harry? here it is..

I struggled to stay awake. repeatedly supporting Will, demonizing Harry. Bigot lovers book. royals need to be Shook.

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  • Frances T. Casparis
  • 2021-01-21

total trash and I enjoyed every minute

trash trash trash and I loved it all. Megs my girl forever. great corona read.

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  • LEBla
  • 2020-11-07

Royal brothers sad

I enjoyed this book and learned something’s that I didn’t know and some behind the scenes details that help me to understand the rift and the how events rolled out. How Harry & Megan came to their decision. British press is merciless to all in royal family except maybe the queen. It’s a shameful thing.

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  • Dawn L. Juneau
  • 2020-12-16

Excellent unbiased story

After reading finding freedom which I thought was biased, this book was refreshing and gave a glimpse into the Royal Family. It is sad that Harry and Meghan hadn’t approached how they were presenting what they wanted and used more tact. I think a lot of the problems comes from the age of Harry and Meghan and not respecting the Royal Heritage and why it is so important.

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  • April Montez
  • 2020-11-26

Enjoyable

I learned a little more about the royal family. The first few chapters, though, feel like “filler” chapters of information about the royal family that has already been know .