Critical Praise

Prince Charles

The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life

Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life

“Many telling, shrewd points in pursuit of realigning the popular image of Prince Charles”
-The New York Times

“Astute…a sympathetic psychological study…enormously touching and supported by wide-ranging interviews and research” -Kirkus Review

“Comprehensive and admirably fair” -Booklist

“Thoroughly researched and insightful” -The Washington Times

“A multidimensional portrait….Intimate but not gossipy…highly accessible and thoroughly researched” -Library Journal

“A highly readable account….with emphasis on what makes him tick. In this she succeeds admirably” -Bookpage

“What a story….Fascinating” -The Times (London)

“Rich with sympathy, even affection…delicious dish” -Town and Country

“Authoritative and deeply researched” -Harper’s Bazaar

“Highly readable” -The Daily Beast

“Surprising new insight” -The Today Show

“A brilliant new biography” -The Daily Mail

“compellingly juicy…Windsor-philes will be mesmerized.” —People Magazine

“A masterly account” —The Wall Street Journal

“An affectingly human portrait” —The Christian Science Monitor

“It reads like an angel wrote it” —Chris Matthews on Hardball

“New details and insights” —USA Today

“More than a few fascinating facts” —Vogue

“Smith is well suited to write this book… She knows the royal turf, so to speak.” —Chicago Tribune

“A fascinating portrait” —British Heritage Travel

“A highly readable account of Charles’s life, with emphasis on what makes him tick” —BookPage

“Prince Charles is an eighteenth-century gentleman with a twenty-first-century mission. His love of tradition combines with an outlook that can be bracingly avant garde. Sally Bedell Smith captures his contradictions and his convictions in this fascinating book that is not just about a man who would be king, but also about the duties that come with privilege.” -Walter Isaacson

“For all we know about Prince Charles, there is so much we didn’t know—until now. Sally Bedell Smith has given us a complete and compelling portrait of the man in the shadow of the throne. It’s all here, from the back stairs of the palaces to the front pages of the tabs. Read all about it!” -Tom Brokaw

“No one writes about life at the top with more panache than Sally Bedell Smith. Her Prince Charles is a delicious blend of glamour and grandeur, jealousy and rivalry, greatness and human foible. Smith writes with wisdom and sympathy—and a sharp and knowing eye—about the struggles and maturation of the man who would be King.” -Evan Thomas

“This great biography is an indispensable guide for anyone eager to understand Prince Charles and the British monarchy in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. What an achievement—what work went into it, and all of it presented with such ease. It is so fair, while suggesting so much.” -Peggy Noonan