doc 17 Carnations The Royals the Nazis and the Biggest Cover Up in History
17 Carnations The Royals the Nazis and the Biggest Cover Up in History kindle ï Hardcover read Á andrew morton ä The story of the love affair between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII and his abdication in order to marry the divorcée has provoked fascinatNoblewoman While the German foreign minister sent Simpson seventeen carnations daily each one representing a night they had spent together she and the Duke of Windsor corresponded regularly with the German elite Known to be pro German sympathizers the couple became embroiled in a conspiracy to install Edward as a puppet king after the Allies were defeated After the war the Duke's letters were hidden in a German castle that had fall This is definitely not what I learned in history But of course my history classes were prior to when WWII information was declassified I guess that dates me I was told that the reason the Duke of Windsor abdicated the throne was for purely romantic reasons This book paints an entirely different view and that view is well substantiated by the hidden Windsor files among other thingsThis is the story of Edward VIII and how he came to be the Duke of Windsor His behavior prior to when he became king was certainly unbecoming The details of that behavior are given as if in a novel and thankfully without the unnecessary psycho analytical stuff Wallis Simpson's behavior is also accurately described and it is easy to see why the British Royals referred to her as that womanThe first third of the book describes their backgrounds and how these two self centered people came to be together From the read they probably deserved each other Their pettiness and concern for themselves is well depicted in the recounting of how overly concerned they were with the retrieval of their precious linens in Paris while their countrymen feared for their lives It is appalling And that doesn't even compare with their views of Hitler and the Nazis The middle third of the book is about how this feckless duo ended up in the Bahamas They wanted the prestige of being royalty without the responsibility They wanted the wealth of royalty but they did not want to pay taxes or use any of their own money for travel They acted like parasitesThe last part of the book is about the actual cover up of the pair's behavior and the struggle between historians and governments in how to deal with all the incriminating evidence against them I found it difficult to fathom how when confronted with actual telegrams sent before and during the war that the Duke and the British government declared them falsifications A point is made that the war documents were used in the Nuremburg Trials and yet they are stated to be inaccurate when revealing unbecoming behavior of a British royalReading an account of something like this makes one appreciate how history is recorded and interpreted I now have a totally different opinion of the House of Windsor Just for starters it was never told in my earlier history classes that the Duchess of Windsor was not just a divorcee she was twice divorced with 2 living husbands when she married the Duke AND she had her affair with the Duke while she was still married to her second husbandI have one beef with the book the 17 carnations as part of the title is a bit lame since that seems to be based on unsubstantiated information I expected from this than what was written
mobi ↠ 17 Carnations The Royals the Nazis and the Biggest Cover Up in History ☆ Andrew Morton
The story of the love affair between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII and his abdication in order to marry the divorcée has provoked fascination and discussion for decades However the full story of the couple's links with the German aristocracy and Hitler has until now remained untoldMeticulously researched 17 Carnations chronicles this entanglement starting with Hitler's early attempts to matchmake between Edward and a German Andrew Morton faced a dilemma when he was writing this book He has to introduce Windsor story to readers who don't already know it which means that readers who already know are going to be tapping their fingers impatiently and muttering Get on with it old boy If you belong to the latter club don't get your knickers in a twist skim the early chapters and you'll be rewarded when you get to the new and truly intriguing stuff It's well worth the wait to discover the lengths to which the Royals went to keep their crown untarnished
Andrew Morton ☆ 17 Carnations The Royals the Nazis and the Biggest Cover Up in History book
17 Carnations The Royals the Nazis and the Biggest Cover Up in HistoryEn to American soldiers They were then suppressed for years as the British establishment attempted to cover up this connection between the House of Windsor and HitlerDrawing on FBI documents material from the German and British Royal Archives and the personal correspondence of Churchill Truman Eisenhower and the Windsors themselves 17 Carnations reveals the whole fascinating story throwing sharp new light on a dark chapter of histo Some interesting history but not uite in the right vein I wanted just a little insight into Edward’s VIII's decision to abdicate This book breezes right through that moment It seems he already had the idea to give up the throne even before Wallis became a factor At the very least he wasn't suited to it So did Wallis give him the final excuse he needed or was she his main focus of it all? Did the family always see Wallis as the sole reason he was abdicating? Morton skirts around these uestionsI knew they had ties to the Nazis but I was struck by how very blatant and public it all was Parades tours and parties Gobs of correspondence and ties to actual spies They even saw concentration camps Edward continued to praise Hitler to the press even during the war They don't appear malicious so they had to have been either willfully ignorant or very naiveAt chapter thirteen of seventeen the author suddenly stops the narrative and starts talking about historic archives He leaves Edward and Wallis stranded in the Bahamas and never goes back What happens to them after the war? When do they go back to France? How does their relationship with the royal family evolve? I wanted details of Edward's relationship with ueen Elizabeth particularly after her coronation in 1953 But we don't get any of thatDid the commissioning editor not read the last half of this book and tell Morton to revise?