For all that has been written about Diana -- the books, the commemorative magazines, the thousands of newspaper articles -- little effort has been made to really understand her. Most books have been exercises in hagiography or character assassination, sometimes in the same volume. Now that the mourning over her death has subsided, it's time to make sense of her, by explaining her essential traits in a deeply reported way. Diana had a deep and longstanding emotional complexity. Biographer Sally Bedell Smith explores the events and relationships that shaped Diana, and the emotional flashpoints that sent her careening through life. Ms. Smith delves into the roots of Diana's ""deep feelings of unworthiness, "" her childhood traits and behavior, her relationship with her parents, and her view of men. Based on careful scrutiny of Diana's life and interviews with hundreds of sources, Ms. Smith comes to a surprising and newsworthy conclusion about Diana -- that she suffered from a personality disorder. Original in its reporting and interpretation, Diana In Search of Herself will be regarded as the smartest, most sophisticated, best-written book on this mesmerizing woman.
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August 14, 2012
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