2. 'Elizabeth the Queen,' by Sally Bedell Smith
Sally Bedell Smith, a well-known American biographer of celebrities, includes many more anecdotes in her mammoth 663-page Elizabeth the Queen. The biography is readable but fawning and full of notebook-emptying detail about dry subjects like all the queenâ€™s horses.
Smith too often turns to comments by the queen and others that donâ€™t say much, apparently because there arenâ€™t many that actually reveal anything. (The queen, after all, has never given an interview to a journalist.)