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An Uncommon Woman

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist

An epic story of wars and revolutions, of the rise and fall of royal families, and of the birth of modern Germany is brilliantly told through the lives of the couple in the eye of the storm: Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Crown Princess Vicky, and her handsome, idealistic husband, Crown Prince Frederick of Prussia.

Drawing on a wealth of primary sources, this authoritative biography of a remarkable woman at war with the antidemocratic, antifeminist forces of her day captures all of the intrigues, deceptions, and betrayals that shaped the crucial period of European history between the revolutions of 1848 and the beginning of World War I in 1914.

Photograph © Sigrid Estrada

Hannah Pakula is the author of The Last Empress, which was a New York Times notable book, The Last Romantic, which was called by Graham Greene the best biography and one of the three best books of the year, and An Uncommon Woman, which was a Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist. She lives in New York City.

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