Published in England under the title, The Crown and the People, this is considered by the British to be geared to American readers- and by the average American will be thought geared to the British public. There is an immense amount of information here collected, much of it interesting to that market that found the Crawford books satisfying to a small degree the very human curiosity about the royal family. This book goes much deeper into the monarchical institutions, their history, panoply and use today, into the ceremonials, with specific relation to the late King George VI and in preparation for the Coronation of Elizabeth II in June; and into an almost hour by hour analysis of the life of a monarch of the British Commonwealth. To many it will seem unduly detailed, and with relatively little background in American experience or understanding; to others it may be an eye-opener as to the place the throne holds in the eyes of its people. Humanly speaking, the last half of the book is more entertaining reading, with its biographical and anecdotal approach, not too rose-spectacled (at times even in somewhat questionable taste the guardians of the royal family may feel), but respectful to the symbolic value the crown holds in the hearts and minds of the average Briton....A book that has a good sales angle for the hordes of American tourists heading east next Spring.