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The Firm : The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor by Penny Junor (2005, Hardcover)

Penny Junor | ISBN-10: 0312352743 | ISBN-13: 9780312352745

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However You Look At It, the royal family is a big business, though one with more ups and downs than the stock market. Prince Philip calls it "The Firm," and all the royal executives and their powerful associates are supposed to make every effort to avoid even a hint of scandal that could diminish the reputation of the family business.

The House of Windsor is a big business, though one with more ups and downs than the stock market. Prince Philip calls it "The Firm," and all the royal executives and their powerful associates are supposed to make every effort to avoid even a hint of scandal that could diminish the reputation of the family business. Unfortunately for the royals, for the past twenty years scandal and controversy have deluged the Queen's family, putting everything at risk. Focusing primarily on the years after the death of Diana and leading up to the heir to the throne's marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles this past April 9th, royal insider Penny Junor offers a sympathetic yet utterly candid look at a family that has made itself the world's soap opera inTHEFIRM:The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor. Can "The Firm" survive much longer? Will Charles or even William decide that the throne is not worth the trouble? Can this, the ultimate family business, weather this storm of spiritual (though not fiscal) bankruptcy, or will momentum and a cadre of brilliant advisors keep the enterprise in business for years to come? THE FIRMinvestigates the Family's relationship with government, the press and the people. It looks at whether the institution can reach out to those, particularly the young, who see the House of Windsor as insignificant. It asks, in short, whether the British monarchy has a future. Penny Junor knows the answers in this sure-to-be controversial book--the first to be published on the newly restructured royal family.


Product Identifiers
ISBN-100312352743
ISBN-139780312352745

Key Details
AuthorPenny Junor
Number Of Pages464 pages
FormatHardcover
Publication Date2005-07-11
LanguageEnglish
PublisherSt. Martin's Press

Additional Details
Copyright Date2005
IllustratedYes

Dimensions
Weight29 Oz
Height1.5 In.
Width6.4 In.
Length9.6 In.

Target Audience
GroupTrade

Classification Method
LCCN2005-045528
LC Classification NumberDA28.35.W54J86 2005
Dewey Decimal941.085/092/2
Dewey Edition22

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"'Š a solid analysis of the monarchy." -- Booklist

"... a solid analysis of the monarchy." -- Booklist

"Â'Š a solid analysis of the monarchy." --Booklist

"
 a solid analysis of the monarchy." -- Booklist

JUNOR, PENNY. The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor. Thomas Dunne Bks: St. Martin's. 2005. c.464p. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 0-312-35274-3. $25.95. HIST Readers of this interesting and occasionally jaw-dropping look at the world's most famous dysfunctional family will find plenty to engage them. Journalist and royal biographer Junor (Charles: Victim or Villain; Diana, Princess of Wales) tells the reader that "the Queen...believes that with few exceptions everything that has gone wrong for the monarchy in the last twenty years has been attributable to Mrs. Parker Bowles." And the reason Prince Harry wore a Nazi uniform to a costume party? "Today's young are blissfully unaware of history (some of them aren't even taught it in our schools)." The reader comes away from the book feeling that had this family ever actually sat down and talked to one another a lot of their very public misfortunes might have been avoided. However, Junor doesn't just dish the dirt. She goes to

London journalist and longtime Windsor-watcher Junor ( Home Truths , Charles: Victim or Villian ? , Charles and Diana: Portrait of a Marriage , etc.) considers the British royal family's continuation into the 21st century in this sympathetic account, covering Diana's death to the present day. The explanation, Junor believes, lies both in the "magic" of the monarchy and in the family's organization into the titular businesslike entity, a phrase coined by Prince Philip. She asserts that the value of the monarchy-during this era without hierarchy, deference and respect-is to act as "a fixture in this morass" of modern life. Junor has met nearly all the royals, as well as many of their associates, and her observations plus long excerpts from interviews give the book an insider feel. This is a favorable, respectful portrait: Junor tempers any criticisms with admiring descriptions of the royals' good deeds, especially their charity work. And despite the book's subtitle, she doesn't dwell on the royal scandals, focusing instead on the details of her subjects' lives and personalities. This approach generates some extraneous chapters, such as the passage exploring the minutia of the Queen's private interests (e.g. horses). However, this book's depth and gentle commentary on a subject usually dominated by tabloid exposï¿œs should gratify those with an affectionate interest in Britain 's monarchy. Color photos. (July)


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Created: 02/19/11

The Firm -House of Windsor

Penny Junor has that special insider knowledge of the House of Windsor and one can trust her work...always!
Thanks, Ms. Junor

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