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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 260 Seiten
  • Verlag: Blink Publishing (2. Oktober 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1905825862
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905825868
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,7 x 2,7 x 24,3 cm
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2 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Amazon Kundenrezensionen am 4. Oktober 2014
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What a pity, he holds back the really interesting parts of his life, living and working at kensongton palace, but otherwise, is there someting about Charles& Diana unreveald untill now??? I guess no, so for me it's a good book
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Simply a Self-Indulgent Collection of Stories 5. Oktober 2014
Von mrsa - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
As an amateur royal historian, I was looking forward to Dickie Arbiter's book since I first heard it was announced, and purchased it on the day it was released. However, it was not worth the wait. At best, this book was a self-indulgent collection of well-told stories Arbiter must regale at cocktail parties; hardly an inside look at working with the queen. The epitome of his grandiose view of himself: after retirement, he's asked to come back to the palace for two weeks. Arbiter titles Chapter 20, "Come back, Dickie-- we need you!"

In the spirit of retaining good relations with the palace, Arbiter gives no real insight into his main principles: he doesn't even call them Diana or Charles; but rather, the Prince and Princess. All of the most interesting pieces from the book have already been serialized in the Daily Mail (the best bit of gossip was that Diana once almost outed George Michael to Prince Harry). One gets the feeling Arbiter wants to give readers a glimpse of his job, but not to disrupt the magic of royalty.

I would have loved to have read more about the nuts and bolts of the royal tours he orchestrated. Or perhaps, more about the journalists he worked with (instead, we get a very one-dimensional view of journalists as déclassé muckrakers). He says this book was "originally envisaged as a professional overview of an intense and turbulent time in the Royal Family's modern history, [but] it soon developed into a memoir with a more personal flavour," I neglected to really see the personal insight. He clearly has an amazing personal story, but glosses over his early years in favor of his time at the palace.

One thing is clear: Arbiter loves his daughter and had a fabulous time as an employee of the Palace. (And clearly, he still romanticizes his time there, reminiscing for the "colleagues with whom to chew the fat as we drank our tea and coffee from bone china cups delivered to us by footman.")
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I want my money back! 5. Oktober 2014
Von Raymond Camiscioli - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
What a disappointment this book is; and what a rip-off. Here's the problem: Arbiter wants to have it both ways -- Remain on good terms with the royal family, his current journalistic "beat", while simultaneously cashing in on his past stint as press officer to Charles, Diana, etc. The result is a collection of "nice", boring stories about the Windsors. About the worst thing he writes is that Diana would sometimes freeze him out temporarily if he gave her advice that she didn't want to hear. To add insult to injury, he devotes roughly half the book to his early "pre-Windsor" life, which is no more interesting than my own early years. Mr. Arbiter, nobody cares about your growing-up years in Rhodesia, or your parents' marital problems. As a reporter, you know very well that this stuff is simply "filler". Don't buy this book. Wait for it to show up in one of the those "dollar bins" at your supermarket or bookstore.-- a buck is about all it's worth.
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Enjoyably benign 9. Oktober 2014
Von Marilyn Braun - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition

Those are some of the descriptive words used by media outlets and royal correspondent colleagues to describe On Duty with the Queen prior to its release. Having just finished reading it, I can tell you that none of those words apply.

When books written by royal insiders come out, we tend to expect shocking revelations and salacious details. On Duty with the Queen is not that type of book. Dickie's memoir recounts his life before, during and after becoming a royal press secretary. We learn that he is a man of many talents: ice-skater, actor, art historian in training, journalist and broadcaster. Although I found his royal career interesting, I would have preferred to read more about his background. In particular, more about his mother who sounds like she is quite the character!

During his 12 year career as press secretary, Dickie had a front row seat as 'annus horribilis' unfolded, yet he diplomatically steers clear of speculation and passing judgment. Instead he focuses on business, clearing up misconceptions about royal protocol and providing a fascinating behind the scenes look into the press offices, royal tour planning, as well as the role he played in organizing Diana's funeral.

The few royal anecdotes he does provide only allow us a respectful glimpse. He does have his criticisms about members of the royal family, particularly in the aftermath of Diana's death. But he doesn't come across as an apologist for either side, as books by royal insiders tend to do. One of the most moving moments is when he recounts visiting Diana's casket in the Chapel Royal. Relations between Diana and the royal family were not nearly as black and white as the media would have us believe.

If you're looking for a book that includes intrusive details from former courtiers, there are more controversial books to choose from. Instead On Duty With The Queen provides an enjoyable insight into his life and role as a press secretary for the royal family.
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Slow at first but refreshing for many reasons. 6. Oktober 2014
Von Marti Alve - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
This book was much different than what I expected. Much of it is the story of a man who had a job that was very much out of the ordinary. At first I thought his including his own life story was not something that interested me. But as I continued, I really understood this wasn't the tell all book we were used to on the British Royal Family but the story of a man's life that would find him in an extraordinary job. I think Mr. Arbiter was fair to all the people he worked with and for. He was giving his feelings on the unfolding of some unbelievable and historical events. I appreciated his honesty on his own feelings regarding his last visit to the late Princess. He was very much a part of this. I now think he had every right to tell his story from his eyes. I began in to appreciate his own life story as well. I am not sure why this book is causing all the carrying on I am reading. Of all the "tell all" books this in very much a story of a man in extraordinarily circumstances.
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Disappointing.... 1. November 2014
Von MJK3 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
It would be great entertainment to have insight to the Royals. However you aren't going to get that in this book which is essentially rewritten newspaper stories from long ago.
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