King Edward VIII

King Edward VIII

A Biography

Book - 1990
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He was the twentieth century's Prince Charming. Handsome, elegant, quick-witted, charismatic, and an intimate friend of the most powerful and brilliant people of his day, he had everything youth and beauty could hope for--including fabulous wealth and claim to the English throne. Then, a mere eleven months after becoming King, Edward VIII threw everything away to marry the woman he loved--Wallis Simpson, an American divorcee.

In this superbly written biography, Philip Ziegler, author of the highly praised biographies Diana Cooper and Mountbatten paints a graceful, balanced, and utterly mesmerizing portrait of the life and times of Edward VIII. Drawing on Edward's extremely frank and explicit diaries and his two thousand love letters (long assumed to have been destroyed), Ziegler shows us the man he truly was. It is a story as compelling as the greatest English novels.

Praise for King Edward VIII

"A book of such compelling interest and frankness that it is difficult to put down." -- The New York Times

"Almost breathtaking in its candor . . . [a] shrewdly judged, highly polished, and totally riveting book." -- The New Yorker

"A masterpiece." -- The Times Literary Supplement (London)

"Compulsively readable . . . Ziegler has told Edward's story with consummate skill, tact and judgment." -- The Sunday Times (London)
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, c1990
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780345375636
Branch Call Number: 941.084092 W724z 1990
Characteristics: xiv, 552 p., [48] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm


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Apr 26, 2018

An adequate but not spectacular book about the life of the most controversial British monarch of the 20th century. One major quibble I have with author Ziegler is his vocabulary: He falls into the same trap as publisher Conrad Black and uses unintelligible five syllable words when either a shorter word, or a rephrase that would explain the concept better, would do. This is also a book not for the faint of heart - the skulduggery and backstabbing present throughout the novel, as well as Wallis Simpson's sense of entitlement, will numb even the casual reader. Liked the book, but I wouldn't order it to be put on my personal bookshelf.


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